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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

Jan 2014

432 pages



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.

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Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) and Case Studies Crosswalk xi

Case Study Topic Areas Matrix xv

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Editor xxv

Contributors xxvii

Part I Case Studies in Generalist Practice 1

Case Study 1-1 Using the Ecological Model in Generalist Practice: Life Transitions in Late Adulthood 5
Shirley Patterson, Jan Jess, and Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 1-2 Finding Resources: Case Management With Childhood Chronic Illness 13
Kathy L. Lortie

Case Study 1-3 A Strengths-Focused Approach to Community Development 21
Jeannine K. Chapelle

Part II Case Studies in Integrating Theory and Practice 31

Case Study 2-1 Social Work Practice From an Ecological Perspective 35
Barbra Teater

Case Study 2-2 Social Learning Theory in the Treatment of Phobic Disorders 45
Bruce A. Thyer

Case Study 2-3 Relational Theory With a Young Adult Experiencing Interpersonal Problems 55
Joseph Walsh

Case Study 2-4 Using a Family Systems Approach With the Adoptive Family of a Child With Special Needs 65
Martha Morrison Dore

Part III Case Studies in Child and Family Welfare 75

Case Study 3-1 Clinical Social Work in an Interdisciplinary Team: An Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Case 79
Catherine Sammons

Case Study 3-2 Family Drug Court 87
Chris Swenson-Smith and Yesenia Campos

Case Study 3-3 Child Welfare Supervision Case Study 97
Cynthia A. Lietz

Case Study 3-4 Challenging the Tradition: In Some Families, Violence Is a Way of Life 107
Steven Krugman

Part IV Case Studies in Family Therapy 113

Case Study 4-1 Homebuilders: Helping Families Stay Together 115
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 129
Jay Lappin and John VanDeusen

Case Study 4-3 Completing Brad’s Dreams 137
David Eddy

Part V Case Studies in Treating Adult Problems 141

Case Study 5-1 Nightshift 143
Carl Oekerman

Case Study 5-2 Individual Treatment of Depression Using Cognitive Therapy 151
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 159
Kia J. Bentley

Case Study 5-4 Beyond Just Words: Multisensory Interventions Can Heighten Therapy’s Impact 171
Danie Beaulieu

Case Study 5-5 Treatment of Depression and Coping With Chronic Pain Through Mindfulness-Oriented
Recovery Enhancement 181
Amber Kelly and Eric Garland

Part VI Case Studies in Preventing Problems and Developing Resourcefulness 189

Case Study 6-1 A Group-Based Approach to Stress Management 191
Randy Magen

Case Study 6-2 Mediation and Facilitation: Alternatives to the Adversarial Process of Conflict Resolution in
Child Welfare Cases 205
Susan K. Parnell

Case 6-3 Project Home Base: How Berto Came Indoors After 20 Years of Sidewalk Sleeping 217
Catherine Sammons

Case Study 6-4 Treating Geriatric Depression in the Context of Caregiving 225
Kristen Gustavson

Case Study 6-5 The Go Grrrls Program: Universal Prevention for Early Adolescent Girls 235
Craig Winston LeCroy

Part VII Case Studies in Group Work 249

Case Study 7-1 A Mutual Aid Support Group for Persons With AIDS in Early Substance Abuse Recovery 253
Lawrence Shulman

Case Study 7-2 A Group for Relatives and Friends of the Institutionalized Aged 267
Toby Berman-Rossi and Alex Gitterman

Case Study 7-3 A Social Skills Group for Children 281
Craig Winston LeCroy

Case Study 7-4 Group Work With Men Who Batter 291
Richard M. Tolman and Larry Bennett

Part VIII Case Studies in Diversity 301

Case Study 8-1 The Case of Ruth and Janice 305
Deana F. Morrow and Frances E. Tack

Case Study 8-2 Counseling an Interracial Couple 313
Man-Keung Ho

Case Study 8-3 Working With the Urban Poor 319
Myrtle Parnell and Jo VanderKloot

Case Study 8-4 Highlighting the Role of Cross-Cultural Competence in Ethically Sound Practice 329
Kathleen Cox, Nancy Sullivan, Jennifer Reiman, and Cher Vang

Part IX Case Studies in Using Practice Evaluation 337

Case Study 9-1 Evaluating the Treatment of a Sexually Assaulted Child 341
Betty J. Blythe

Case Study 9-2 Doing Family Therapy With an Acting-Out Adolescent: Using Rapid Assessment Tools in Clinical Practice 349
Kevin Corcoran and Kristin Beers

Case Study 9-3 Practice Evaluation Methods: Practical Variations on a Theme 357
Paula S. Nurius and Sara Green

Case Study 9-4 Becoming Evidence-Based: A Social Work Agency’s Effort to Move Research Into Practice 369
Jennifer L. Bellamy

Key Words 381

Index 385