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Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations: Evidence-Based Assessments and Interventions

ISBN: 978-1-118-17695-5
288 pages
August 2012, ©2012
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A solid, theory-to-practice guide to contemporary mezzo and macro social work

Written by a renowned team of scholars, Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations focuses on the contemporary theory and practice of social work. Each chapter delves deeply into the key theoretical considerations surrounding a particular practice area, exploring the clinical implications of each. Spanning the full range of both mezzo and macro practice areas, the authors thoroughly look at the assessment of and interventions with group, community, organizational, and institutional settings.

The most authoritative book in this field, Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations features:

  • A focus on evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention for each practice area discussed
  • Comprehensive coverage of the most important new and emerging practice technologies in mezzo and macro social work
  • Current and emerging demographic, social, political, and economic trends affecting mezzo and macro practice
  • An array of pedagogical aids, including Key Terms, Review Questions for Critical Thinking, and Online Resources
  • Content closely aligned with social work accreditation standards (EPAS)

Providing a solid review of the entire scope of contemporary mezzo and macro social work practice, Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations is both an indispensable educational text for students and a valuable working resource for practitioners who work with groups, communities, and organizations of all sizes.

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Preface vii

About the Editors viii

Contributors ix

Chapter 1 Assessment of Groups 1
D. Mark Ragg

Historical Background 2

Summary of Current Evidence and Application to Group Assessment 4

Identified Needs for New Research 26

Key Terms 27

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 27

Online Resources 28

References 28

Chapter 2 Group Work: A Critical Addition to the Social Work Repertoire 41
Lena Dominelli

Group Work: A New Method of Intervention with Deep Historical Roots 42

Group Work Models for Practice 50

Conclusion 55

Key Terms 56

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 56

Online Resources 56

References 56

Chapter 3 Assessment of Communities 59
Don M. Fuchs

Historical Background and Theory 59

Assessment in Practice: Discovering and Documenting the Life of a Community 65

Limitations of the Evidence 73

Implications for Social Work on Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Levels 74

Future Directions 75

Conclusion 76

Key Terms 76

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 76

Online Resources 77

References 77

Chapter 4 Intervention with Communities 81
Michael Reisch

Focus of Community Intervention: What Does Community Mean? 83

Historical Background 84

Current Evidence-Based Intervention with Communities 89

Limitations to the Evidence 102

Implications for Social Work 103

Conclusion 105

Key Terms 107

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 107

Online Resources 108

References 121

Chapter 5 Assessment of Organizations 131
Michael J. Austin and Catherine M. Vu

Worker’s Perspective 132

Management’s Perspective 139

Funder’s Perspective 145

Client’s Perspective 150

Conclusion 153

Key Terms 155

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 155

Online Resources 155

References 155

Chapter 6 Intervention with Organizations 159
Charles A. Glisson

Social, Strategic, and Technical Dimensions of Organizational Context 161

Work Environments of Social Services Organizations 162

Using Planned Intervention to Change Organizational Contexts 163

Historical Background 164

From Organizational Development to Change Management 168

The ARC Model as a Framework for Implementing Organizational Interventions 170

Limitations of the Evidence 179

Implications for Social Work Practice 181

Conclusion 181

Note 182

Key Terms 183

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 183

Online Resources 183

References 183

Chapter 7 Assessment of Institutions 191
Heather K. Horton, Brian D. Roland, Katharine Briar-Lawson, and William Rowe

Historical Background 192

Assessment and Early Institutions 194

Emerging Federal Role in Institutional Reforms and Assessment 196

Characteristics of Asylums 197

The Anti-Institutionalization Movement 198

Normalization, the Least Restrictive Environment, and Recovery 198

Current Frameworks for Assessing Institutions 201

Organizational Effectiveness 204

Quality 208

Evidence-Based Assessment of Institutions 211

Implications at the Macro, Mezzo, and Micro Levels 217

Conclusion 219

Key Terms 219

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 219

Online Resources 220

References 221

Chapter 8 Intervention with Institutions 229
Leon Fulcher

Historical Background 231

Summary of Contemporary Evidence-Based Intervention with Institutions 237

Limitations of the Evidence 248

Implications for Social Work Practice 252

Conclusion 255

Notes 256

Key Terms 256

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 256

Online Resources 257

References 258

Author Index 265

Subject Index 272

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CHARLES A. GLISSON, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor at the College of Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the founder and Director of the Children's Mental Health Services Research Center, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

CATHERINE N. DULMUS, PhD, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York.

KAREN M. SOWERS, PhD, is Dean and Beaman Professor in the College of Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, evidence-based practice, and international social work practice.

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