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Case Studies in Social Work Practice, 3rd Edition



Case Studies in Social Work Practice, 3rd Edition

Craig W. LeCroy (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-41622-8 January 2014 432 Pages

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A practical approach to understanding social work concepts in action that integrates theory and practice

In this updated edition of the classic social work text, students and instructors have access to real-world demonstrations of how social work theories and concepts can be applied in practice. The case studies in this book bridge the gap between the classroom and the field by allowing students to discover the when, why, and how of social work principles. Brief but comprehensive topic overviews are brought to life by case studies that apply general theories to the work of social work.

  • Each of the book's nine sections cover an essential area of social work, encompassing the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  • Highly readable explanations are followed by 3-5 case studies relating theory to the living practice of real social workers
  • Topics include Generalist Practice; Family Therapy, Treatment of Adults; and Diversity

Approaching each topic from a variety of different theoretical bases, this essential text allow students to learn by concrete example, experiencing social work concepts as they are applied in the profession today.

Part I Case Studies in Generalist Practice

Case Study 1-1 Using the Ecological Model in Generalist Practice: Life Transitions in Late Adulthood

Shirley Patterson, Jan Jess, and Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 1-2 Finding Resources: Case Management with Childhood Chronic Illness

Kathy L. Lortie

Case Study 1-3 A Strengths-Focused Approach to Community Development

Jeannine K Chapelle


Part II Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice


Case Study 2-1 Social Work Practice from an Ecological Perspective

Barbra Teater

Case Study 2-2 Social Learning Theory in the Treatment of Phobic Disorders

Bruce A. Thyer

Case Study 2-3 Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice: Relational Theory with a Young Adult Experiencing Interpersonal Problems

Joseph Walsh, Ph. D., L. C. S. W

Case Study 2-4 Using a Family Systems Approach with the Adoptive Family of a Child with Special Needs

Martha Morrison Dore


Part III Case Studies in Child and Family Welfare

Case 3-1 Clinical Social Work in a Interdisciplinary Team: An Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Case

Catherine Sammons

Case Study 3-2 Family Drug Court

Chris Swenson-Smith and Yesenia Campos

Case Study 3-3 Child Welfare Supervision Case Study

Cynthia A. Lietz, PhD, LCSW

Case Study 3-4 Challenging the Tradition: In Some Families, Violence Is a Way of Life

Steven Krugman


Part IV Case Studies in Family Therapy

Case Study 4-1 Homebuilders: Helping Families Stay Together

Nancy Wells Gladow, Peter J. Pecora and Charlotte Booth

Case Study 4-2 Humanizing the Impossible Case: Engaging the Power of a Family-Larger Systems Intervention

Jay Lappin and John VanDeusen

Case Study 4-3 Completing Brad’s Dreams

Dr. David Eddy


Part V Case Studies in Treating Adult Problems

Case Study 5-1 Nightshift

Carl Oekerman

Case Study 5-2 Individual Treatment of Depression Using Cognitive Therapy

Brent B. Geary

Case Study 5-3 Jasmika, The Docs, and Me: A Short Story with a Happy Ending About Partnership, Collaboration, Social Work, and Psychiatric Medication

Kia J. Bentley

Case Study 5-4 Beyond Just Words-Multisensory interventions can heighten therapy’s impact

Danie Beaulieu

Case Study 5-5 Treatment of Depression and Coping with Chronic Pain through Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement

Amber Kelly and Eric Garland


Part VI Case Studies in Preventing Problems and Developing Resourcefulness

Case Study 6-1 A Group Based Approach to Stress Management

Randy Magen

Case Study 6-2 Mediation and Facilitation: Alternatives to the Adversarial Process of Conflict Resolution in Child Welfare Cases

Susan K. Parnell

Case 6-3 Project Home Base: How Berto Came Indoors After Twenty Years of Sidewalk Sleeping

Catherine Sammons

Case Study 6-4 Treating Geriatric Depression in the Context of Caregiving

Kristen Gustavson

Case Study 6-5 The Go Grrrls Program: Universal Prevention for Early Adolescent Girls

Craig Winston LeCroy


Part VII Case Studies in Group Work

Case Study 7-1 A Mutual Aid Support Group for Persons with AIDS in Early Substance Abuse Recovery

Lawrence Shulman

Case Study 7-2 A Group for Relatives and Friends of Institutionalized Aged

Toby Berman-Rossi and Alex Gitterman

Case Study 7-3 A Social Skills Group for Children

Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 7-4 Group Work with Men Who Batter

Richard M. Tolman and Larry Bennett


Part VIII Case Studies in Diversity

Case 8-1 The Case of Ruth and Janice

Deana F. Morrow and Frances E. Tack

Case Study 8-2 Counseling an Interracial Couple

Man-Keung Ho

Case Study 8-3 Working with the Urban Poor

Myrtle Parnell and Jo VanderKloot

Case study 8-4 Highlighting the role of cross-cultural competence in ethically sound practice

Kathleen Cox, Nancy Sullivan, Jennifer Reiman, and Cher Vang


Part IX Case Studies in Using Practice Evaluation


Case Study 9-1 Evaluating the Treatment of a Sexually Assaulted Child

Betty J. Blythe

Case Study 9-2 Doing Family Therapy with an Acting-Out Adolescent: Using rapid assessment tools in clinical practice.

Kevin Corcoran and Kristin Beers

Case Study 9-3 Practice Evaluation Methods: Practical Variations on a Theme

Paula S. Nurius and Sara Green

Case Study 9-4 Becoming evidence-based: A social work agency’s effort to move research into practice

Jennifer L. Bellamy