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The Practice of Generalist Social Work, Second Edition
by Julie Birkenmaier, Marla Berg-Weger, and Martha P. Dewees
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In this book and companion custom web site you will find:

  • Complete coverage of the range of social work generalist practice within the framework of planned change, encompassing engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation and termination—for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. This edition features expanded coverage of practicum with families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Consistent and in-depth use of key theoretical perspectives and case examples to demonstrate essential knowledge, values and skills for generalist social work practice. But the text does not overwhelm the student reader with a plethora of nuances of intervention and other skills that will occur in a variety of practice settings and roles. Instead, this book presents clearly the core competencies for general social work practice.
  • Three unique, in-depth, interactive, easy-to-access cases, which students can easily reach from any computer, provide a “learning by doing” format unavailable with any other text(s). Students will have an advantage unlike any other they will experience in their social work education.

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  • In addition, three new and original (to this text) streaming videos that relate to specific competencies and skills discussed in the book at the three client system levels – one each for individuals and families, groups, and communities. The videos depict social workers demonstrating skills discussed in the chapters, and offer instructors numerous possibilities for classroom instruction. Go to the Sanchez, Riverton and Washburn case studies to see each of these videos.
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter provide you with the means to insure that your students can demonstrate their mastery of the theoretical frameworks, skills, and core competencies of generalist social work practice as presented not just in the text, but in the free web-based cases and videos as well.
  • A wealth of instructor-only resources provide: full-text readings that link to the concepts presented in each of the chapters; a complete bank of objective and essay-type test items, all linked to current CSWE EPAS standards; PowerPoint presentations to help students master key concepts; a sample syllabus; annotated links to a treasure trove of social work assets on the Internet; and a forum inviting all instructors using texts in the New Directions in Social Work series to communicate with each other, and share ideas to improve teaching and learning.

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A clear focus on generalist social work practice, informed by the authors’ decades of real-world practice experience, at all levels of engagement and intervention.