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Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice: An Integrative Perspective

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The growing need for time-limited treatment, propelled by the widening influence of managed care in the mental health field, has produced a renewed focus on short-term therapy. But, until now, there has not been an integrated framework designed for the short-term intervention problems and diverse populations that social workers encounter.

In Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice: An Integrative Perspective, Eda G. Goldstein and Maryellen Noonan take the best of theories that social workers have relied on for decades, including ego psychology, other psychodynamic and psychosocial frameworks, and the cognitive-behavioral approach, to create a new short-term practice model for social workers. Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice introduces the authors' integrative short-term treatment (ISTT), and demonstrates in detail each aspect of the approach. Their book is replete with case examples that illustrate ISTT's principles and techniques and their use in a variety of situations — including crisis intervention, family- and group-oriented therapy, treatment of clients with emotional disorders, and treatment of nonvoluntary and hard-to-reach clients.

As the first social work textbook describing an integrated framework for short-term treatment and practice, Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice fills a void the mental health field. Offering a comprehensive, practical, in-depth discussion, this book promises to become a vital new resource for students and practitioners alike.

About the Author

Eda G. Goldstein, D.S.W., author of Ego Psychology and Social Work Practice and Borderline Disorders: Clinical Models and Techniques, is professor and Director of the Ph.D. program in Clinical Social Work at the New York University Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, where she chaired the social work practice curriculum area for fourteen years. She is currently consulting editor to the Clinical Social Work Journal and the Journal of Analytic Social Work, and served a term as consulting editor to Social Work. She maintains a private practice with individuals and couples in New York City.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments


1. Short-Term Treatment: An Overview

The Rise of Short-Term Treatment * Short-Term Treatment Models in Mental Health Practice * Social Work Practice Models and Short-Term Treatment * Summary

2. Theoretical Perspectives and Major Characteristics

The View of the Person * The Social Environment * The Nature of Problems * The Practice Setting * Worker Attitudes * Major Characteristics of ISTT * Summary

3. The Beginning Phase: Part I

Component 1: Problem Identification * Component 2: Biopsychosocial Assessment * Summary

4. The Beginning Phase: Part II

Component 3: Engagement * Component 4: Planning Intervention * Component 5: Contracting * Summary

5. The Middle Phase: Part I

Component 6: Implementing the Interventive Plan * Component 7: Maintaining or Altering the Focus * Component 8: Monitoring Progress * Summary

6. The Middle Phase: Part II

Component 9: Dealing with Obstacles to Change * Component 10: Managing the Worker-Client Relationship * Summary

7. The Ending Phase

Component 11: Addressing Termination and Its Implications * Component 12: Reviewing Progress and Identifying Unresolved Issues * Component 13: Resolving the Worker-Client Relationship * Component 14: Referral and Follow-up * Summary


8. Crisis-Oriented ISTT

The Nature of the Crisis * Types of Crisis * Special Emphases * The Interventive Process * Summary

9. Clients with Emotional Disorders

Depression * Anxiety * Schizophrenia * Personality Disorders * Summary

10. Nonvoluntary and Hard-to-Reach Clients

Common Features * Specific Foci * The Interventive Process * Summary

11. Family-Oriented ISTT

Specific Foci * The Interventive Process * Summary

12. Group-Oriented ISTT

Indicators for the Use of Groups * Specific Foci * The Interventive Process * Summary



Product Details

An Integrative Perspective
Goldstein, Eda G.
Goldstein, Eda
Noonan, Maryellen
Free Press
New York, NY :
Social Work
Social service
Mental health
Social case work
Publication Date:
February 1999
Grade Level:
9.61x6.51x1.58 in. 1.33 lbs.

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Social Work

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