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This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients’ social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients’ social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social ...

Change in Organizations and Communities
Change in organizations and communities

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

—George Bernard Shaw (1957)

In this chapter, we present ways that interpersonal practitioners can change organizations and communities. We want to restate our position that when working with individuals, families, and groups, it is often necessary for practitioners to be involved in environmental change. Many times, a practitioner must direct interventions at multiple levels, such as the individual, family, and neighborhood, before significant changes in social problems will occur. For example, in working with youth who are in trouble with the law, it may be necessary to work directly with ...

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