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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 ...


Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1902, p. 464)

Interpersonal practitioners must approach the end of the relationship with clients with as much understanding and skill as they did the beginning and the middle stages of service. Each stage has its own impact and tasks. As we stated in the relationship and clienthood chapters (Chapters 6 and 7), applicants approach the beginning of service with mixed feelings. Some responses are positive when applicants anticipate relief from the pain, deprivation, or conflict of their situations. Some responses are negative when clients are mandated to have service or are pushed in by significant others. Some responses are ambivalent when clients fear that they will not be helped or ...

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