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Social work practice : a critical thinker's guide

Author: Eileen D Gambrill
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Now in a new edition, this accessible, engaging textbook presents step-by-step guidelines and useful examples for each phase of practice, from assessment to intervention to evaluation. It describes and illustrates the process of evidence-based practice and its value in honoring ethical obligations. The close relationship between critical thinking and the philosophy and process of evidence-based practice is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eileen D Gambrill
ISBN: 0195173422 9780195173420
OCLC Number: 64571740
Description: xviii, 838 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Prologue: Social workers at work --
Getting oriented --
Social work: an introduction --
Clients and services --
Values, ethics, and obligations --
Thinking about knowledge and how to get it --
Different views of knowledge and how to get it --
Critical thinking: integral to evidence-based practice --
Thinking about problems and causes --
Competing views of problems and their causes --
Taking advantage of research findings about behavior and how it is influenced by the environment --
A problem-solving practice model --
Problem solving and decision making: integral to helping clients --
Evidence-based practice: a decision-making process and philosophy --
Posing questions and searching for answers --
Critically appraising research: thinking for yourself --
Getting started --
Contextual assessment --
Beginning: a procedural guideline --
Engaging clients --
Relationship skills --
Interpersonal helping skills --
Handling challenging social situations --
Gathering and organizing information --
Where to look: deciding how to gather needed information --
Observation: learning to see --
Reviewing resources and obstacles --
Putting it all together --
Selecting plans and assessing progress --
Selecting and implementing service plans --
Evaluating outcomes as integral to problem solving --
Planning for endings --
Intervention options --
Helping clients enhance their strengths: providing information and skill building --
Helping clients learn positive behavior change skills --
Working with groups and families --
Organizations and communities --
The long run --
Maintaining skills and staying happy in your work.
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