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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.

Differential Eclectic Practice
Differential eclectic practice

Differential eclectic practice uses interventions drawn from all seven paradigms of inclusive practice, across all of the modes of intervention. The modes of intervention include individual, couple, family, small group, and large group. It is hoped that the interventions that are chosen reflect the specific elements of diversity present in each unique client/system. Thus, differential eclectic interventions are both selective and integrative.

Selective means discriminating and particular; the social worker chooses interventions that fit the unique and ever-changing requirements of each practice situation. Specifically, the effort is to determine “what treatment, by whom, is most effective for this individual with that specific problem, and under which set of circumstances” (p. 118).63

There are three elements of selective social work practice. The first ...

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