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This text takes a broad based approach to basic generalist practice methods that emphasize the common elements in working with individuals, families and groups. The goal of the book is to teach social work students how to enhance clients’ social functioning by helping them become more proficient in examining, understanding, and resolving clients’ social problems. The authors pay special attention to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. This edition includes specific integrated coverage of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the introductory Direct Practice and Generalist Practice courses in BSW and MSW programs of social ...

Contracting
Contracting

If you don't know where you are goingany road will take you there!

—The Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland (Carroll, 2008)

The concept of “contract” has been extensively discussed in social work literature (Collins, 1977; Maluccio & Marlow, 1974; Seabury, 1976). Contract is a generic term and applies to work with individuals, families, and small groups (Compton & Galaway, 1979; Hartman & Laird, 1983; Kravetz & Rose, 1973; Pincus & Minahan, 1973). Contract has appeared as a central concept in a number of models of social work practice (e.g., task centered [Reid & Epstein, 1972], cognitive-behavioral intervention [Rose, 1977], life model [Germain & Gitterman, 1980], and solution-focused [O'Hanlon & Wiener-Davis, 1989]). Contract is an important concept that prescribes a useful framework for worker-client interactions.

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