• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book describes an advanced generalist approach to direct social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Intervention paradigms that include psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are presented as the four sources of social work.

Intervention Paradigms: Paradigms of Integration
Intervention paradigms: Paradigms of integration

As described in Parts I and II, advanced generalist social work practice is inclusive inasmuch as the universe of available interventions is used. These interventions can be organized into seven paradigms. In this section, three additional paradigms are described: (a) case management, (b) biopsychosocial, and (c) local and global community level.

Interventions drawn from the Four Forces tend to focus upon psychosocial factors in the client/system and are designed to foster human welfare and development through the use of primarily “talk therapy” interventions with individuals, couples, families, and small groups. Interventions in this section are paradigms of integration that foster human welfare and development through the establishment of community linkages (case management), body/mind/spirit connection (biopsychosocial), and community- ...

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