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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.

Ecological Assessment
Ecological assessment

Ecological assessment is an inclusive approach to the collection of data in practice. Simply said, the ecological model is a systematic framework that helps the social worker make the most complete investigation possible into the many interrelated factors associated with any particular case. As Carol Germain has stated: “The ecological approach to people-environment transactions is probably the most encompassing metaphor … an easier way of grasping the reciprocal influences of people and environments in human development and functioning” (p. 407).1

Social workers traditionally have applied the ecological, “person-in-environment” perspective to assessment.2 In social work practice, assessment has essentially been a “social diagnosis” in which the client system and its environment are studied and used to develop a plan of intervention.3 In ecological assessment, ...

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