This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.
Chapter 1: A Working Model
A Working Model
Every day, social workers meet up with complex challenges faced by individuals, families, communities, and organizations. In this book, we are presenting and demonstrating a working model to help social workers understand the many and varied challenges they will encounter in their work.
Why a Challenges of Living Approach?
Social work scholars have long attempted to find frameworks for organizing social and behavioral science knowledge about human behavior in a way that is useful for the varied roles that social workers play. Two popular approaches are a social systems approach and a life course approach. Each of those approaches makes important contributions to the understanding of the complexities of human behavior encountered by social workers (see Hutchison, 2003a, ...