• 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.

A Practice Framework
A practice framework
Ecological Intervention
Fostering Interrelatedness and Stewardship

In ecological intervention, the overall goal of all advanced generalist social work practice includes both individual and collective well-being, because the two are always ecologically interrelated. The social worker recognizes how the well-being of the individual client is interrelated with the collective well-being of the client/system. The term client/system refers not only to the client's family, local community, and natural ecosystem, but also to humanity, the international community, and the global ecosystem.

The social worker understands that the developing, self-actualizing individual tends to become more “response-able” for both personal well-being and the well-being of the client/system. The converse is also true; as the client becomes more responsible for herself and her environment, the client's personal development tends ...

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