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Transformative Social Work Practice

Transformative Social Work Practice

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October 2015 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Transformative Social Work Practice presents an innovative and integrative approach towards critically reflective practice with an interweaving of micro, mezzo, and macro applications to real world demands. The authors explore issues commonly addressed by social workers, including health, mental health, addictions, schools, and family and community violence, while challenging assumptions and promoting ethically-driven, evidence-based practice perspectives to advocate for social justice and reduce disparities. The book is about redefining social work practice to meet the current and complex needs of diverse and vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in order to enhance their strengths in an era of unprecedented technological growth, globalization, and change.
Eugenia L. Weiss & Erik M. P. Schott
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part 1: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Adults and Healthy Aging
Dawn Joosten
Chapter 2: Palliative and Hospice Care Settings

Palliative Care

Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Helen Land
Chapter 3: Diverse People Affected by HIV/AIDS
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Dawn Joosten
Chapter 4: Chronic Illness: A Case Study Application With a Latina Client
Micro Perspective: The Client/Consumer, Family, or Group

Mezzo Perspective: Organization and/or Community Issues

Macro Perspective: Policy and Government

Kimberley Finney & Erik Schott
Chapter 5: Psychopharmacology and Psychoeducation for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Jim Hjort
Chapter 6: Mindfulness in Mental Healthcare Settings
Micro Considerations

Mezzo Considerations

Macro Considerations

Elizabeth Eastlund & Eugenia L. Weiss
Chapter 7: Substance Abuse: A Harm Reduction Approach
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perpective

Macro Perspective

William Feuerborn
Chapter 8: Hypersexual Behavior: Helping Clients Through Diagnosis and Treatment
Micro Perspective: Sex Addiction

Mezzo Perspective: Effects on the Community

Macro Perspective: Social Policy Issues

Rory Reid, Jacquelene Moghaddam, & Timothy Fong
Chapter 9: Gambling Disorders
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Nadia Islam & Gilbert Richards
Chapter 10: Web-Based Practice
Web-Based Social Work Practice

USC Telehealth

Implications for Mezzo Practice

Implications for Macro Practice

Eugenia L. Weiss, Shawnmari Kaiser, & Gary Adler
Chapter 11: Equine Assisted Counseling: An Alternative Approach for Trauma
A Note About Trauma

Background of Equine Assisted Counseling

Equine Assisted Counseling and Trauma Symptoms

Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Edmund Young
Chapter 12: Social Work in Skilled Nursing Homes
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Part II: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Children, Youth and Families
Laura Hopson, Cynthia Franklin, & Mary Beth Harris
Chapter 13: Social Work Practice in School Settings
The Need for School Social Work Services

An Ecological Frame for School Social Work Practice

Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Alberto Reynoso & Colleen Friend
Chapter 14: Child Maltreatment and Child Welfare
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Barbara Yoshioka Wheeler, Amy Lyle, Catherine Arnold, Marian Williams, Karen Kay Imagawa, & Min Ah Kim
Chapter 15: Lifespan Perspective With Developmental Disabilities
Disability Norms, Values, and Principles

Micro Perspective: Serving Individuals With DD and their Families

Mezzo Perspective: Social Work Group Practice

Macro Perspective: Systems Change and Transformation

Leslie Wind
Chapter 16: Coping and Resilience in Youth After Exposure to Disaster
Micro Perspective

Mezzo and Macro Perspectives

Comprehensive Application to Case Vignette

Amber Denblaker
Chapter 17: Transition in Pediatric Oncology
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective: Organization and Community

Macro Perspective: Policy Analysis and Policy Advocacy

Samih Samaha
Chapter 18: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Elizabeth Eastlund & Susan Hess
Chapter 19: Intimate Partner Violence
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Robert Hernandez
Chapter 20: Working With Gang Involved/Affiliated Youth
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective: Communities in Schools

Macro Perspective: Policy Implications

Nadia Mishael
Chapter 21: Adolescent Bullying
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Kristen Zaleski
Chapter 22: Crisis Intervention With Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Brandon Burton
Chapter 23: Adolescents in Juvenile Detention
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Part III: Social Work Practice: Interventions With Diverse Communities in the U.S. and Global Action
Julie A. Cederbaum, Eddie Hu, & Heather A. Klusaritz
Chapter 24: Public Health Social Work
Application to Vignette

Program Planning and Evaluation

Eugenia L. Weiss & Diana Pineda
Chapter 25: The Engineering of Social Work in Communities
Social Work and Engineering

Krystal Hays & Karen Lincoln
Chapter 26: Mental Health Promotion Among African Americans
Mental Heath Among African Americans

Mental Health Prevention and Intervention With African Americans

Culturally Adapted Clinical Interventions

Mental Health Promotion

Multi-level Practice Implications

Jeremy Goldbach & Shannon Dunlap
Chapter 27: Sexual Minorities
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Hilary Weaver
Chapter 28: Intergenerational Trauma and Indigenous People
An Overview of Intergenerational Trauma

Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Fred Stone
Chapter 29: The Suicidal Military Client
Micro Perspectives

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Murali D. Nair
Chapter 30: Global Social Work
Social Work Values

Importance of Global Social Work

Types of Global Social Work


Annalisa Enrile & Wilhma De Castro
Chapter 31: Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: A Case Study of the Philippines
Country Case Study: Philippines

Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Eric Awich Ochen
Chapter 32: Psychosocial Support for Youth Affected by Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda
Micro Perspective

Mezzo Perspective

Macro Perspective

Shira Hantman & Moshe Farchi
Chapter 33: From Helplessness to Active Coping in Israel: Psychological First Aid
Micro Perspective: Perceived Psychological Trauma

Mezzo Perspective: Group Interventions

Macro Perspective: Social Work Interventions in Trauma and Emergencies: The Israeli Experience

Xiaoyan Han, Juan Guo, & Wen-Jui Han
Chapter 34: Development and Current Status of the Social Work Profession in China
Micro and Mezzo Perspectives of Jun’s Case

Positive Youth Development in China

Intervention: The Positive Youth Development Program

Conclusion: The Present and Future Direction of Social Work Practice in China

Saeed Momtazi
Chapter 35: Drug Abuse in Iran: A Psychosocial Perspective
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Drug Abuse

The Policy Roller Coaster

Social Workers' Role in Intervention

Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Aspects of Social Work Intervention

Glenda Bawden
Chapter 36: Australia’s Indigenous People
Micro Perspective: Culturally Sensitive Engagement

Mezzo Perspective: Developing Organizational Cultural Competence

Macro Perspective: The Social Determinants of Health and Governmental Policies



Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.

“[This book] is a foundation of social work practice text for the 21st century! Designed to educate the social work student on the broad strokes as well as nuances of practice that have been and will be influenced by the Affordable Care Act legislation, it takes into consideration the practice needs of adults, children, families, and diverse populations. The text incorporates a local, national, and international perspective and uses evidence-based practice approaches. The editors have gathered noted scholars worldwide to write about areas involving numerous and varied areas of social work. If you are an educator, looking for a cutting-edge text for your students, think about using this rich, detailed and broad-scope text. I know my students will be using it ASAP.”

Joan Beder
DSW, Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

“So much current wisdom in one text! A must-have resource for social work students, as well as experienced clinicians, regardless of specialty.”

Mary E. Nalick
Esq., LCSW, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA

“This text is a uniquely structured and comprehensive compilation of journal quality and research-rich content chapters, which aid in demonstrating social work’s integrative partnership with various fields of practice. It highlights social work practice today through its exploration of a range of issues from children and families to aging and communities while offering targeted interventions proven from practice and research.”

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty
Indiana University

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