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.
Family Therapy Systemic Approaches to Practice
Family systems theory has become an essential framework to understand human functioning and dysfunction in context. Over recent decades, family therapy theory and practice have become more responsive to the growing diversity and complexity of families in our changing world. This chapter first summarizes core concepts in a family systems orientation, with a focus on the interaction of biopsychosocial-spiritual influences, a multigenerational family life cycle perspective, and a conceptual model of family stress and resilience. Family assessment guidelines are offered, including a framework identifying key processes in family functioning and resilience to inform strengths-oriented family intervention. An overview is provided of foundational models of family therapy and more ...