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.

Systems Theory

Systems Theory
Systems theory
Bruce D. FriedmanKaren Neuman Allen

Systems theory enables us to understand the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual conditions and dynamics of clients in order to interpret problems and develop balanced intervention strategies, with the goal of enhancing the goodness of fit between individuals and their environments. Systems theory input does not specify a particular conceptual model for understanding problems, and it does not direct the social worker to specific intervention strategies. Rather, it serves as an organizing conceptual framework or metatheory for understanding (Goldstein, 1990; Hearn, 1958; Meyer, 1976, 1983; Siporin, 1980). By looking at the clients holistically, recognizing the context of their life situations and interpersonal concerns of family, work, school, peers, and social support networks that are influenced by broader ...

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