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This highly accessible direct practice text offers a practical introduction to the theories and skills necessary to engage in effective, strengths-based practice.


Developed specifically to address the issues facing students as they prepare for direct practice in today’s world, Direct Practice for Social Work interweaves diversity and social justice throughout the chapters and teaches students how to make the connections between major theories and real-world situations. 


Written in an engaging style by experienced authors, this text encourages the development of students’ critical thinking skills while demonstrating the practical applications of theory. 


Highlights include chapters opening case studies, numerous case studies in each chapter, and more modeled responses, sample dialogues and exercises than are found anywhere else. 


Comprehensive coverage of the major theories and adherence to CSWE guidelines make this text an invaluable addition to any professional social work educational or professional library.

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: Direct Practice in Social Work

Chapter 2: Values, Ethics, and Ethical Dilemmas

Chapter 3: Theoretical Perspectives on Direct Practice: An Overview

Part II: The Helping Process

Chapter 4: Basic Skills for Engagement

Chapter 5: Knowledge and Skills for Assessment

Chapter 6: Konwledge and Skills for Planning

Chapter 7: Knowledge and Skills for Intervention

Chapter 8: Developing Clients' Coping Skills

Chapter 9: Empowerment and Strengths-Based Practice

Chapter 10: Strengthening Family Functioning

Chapter 11: Improving Group Functioning

Chapter 12: Direct Practice in the Larger Environment

Chapter 13: Knowledge and Skills for Evaluation

Chapter 14: Knowledge and Skills of Termination

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