- 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.
Chapter 2: The Art and Science of Assessment
The Art and Science of Assessment
Two premises are developed in this section. The first premise is that successful assessment in social work practice involves many ways of knowing, because neither the scientific nor artistic ways of knowing are sufficient in themselves to do an adequate job. The second premise is that, although social workers currently underutilize and undervalue the art of practice, we do not do an adequate job of using either the science or the art of practice in our assessments.
The science of social work practice includes the use of ideas, axioms, ethical principles, theoretical orientations, and practice models based upon knowledge derived from the scientific method. The art of practice includes the use of relationship, creativity, energy, ...