This brief version of Jerrold R. Brandell's Theory & Practice of Clinical Social Work assembles coverage of the most vital topics for courses in Clinical Social Work/Advanced Practice. Written by established contributors in the field, this anthology addresses frameworks for treatment, therapeutic modalities, specialized clinical issues and themes, and dilemmas encountered in clinical social work practice. Now available in paperback and roughly half the size of the full-length version, Essentials of Clinical Social Work comes at a reduced cost for students who need to learn the basics of the course.

Behavioral and Cognitive Theories

Behavioral and Cognitive Theories
Behavioral and cognitive theories
Bruce A. ThyerLaura L. Myers

We don't expect to change human nature, we people of peace, but we do expect to change human behavior.

—Jane Addams (as cited in Linn, 1935, p. 416)

One person changes the behavior of another by changing the world in which he lives. In doing so, he no doubt changes what the other person feels or introspectively observes.

—B. F. Skinner (1974, p. 181)

Behavioral theory is one of the oldest and most extensive theories applied to clinical social work. Over 80 years ago, the distinguished social work educator Virginia Robinson (1930) provided the following observations in this regard:

Two dominant schools of thought may be recognized as differentiating case work approach and treatment at the present time; ...

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