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The Partnership Model in Human Services: Sociological Foundations and Practices (Clinical Sociology)by Rosalyn Benjamin Darling
Synopses & Reviews
This book provides students and practitioners with a theoretical and methodological foundation for implementing client- and family-centered `partnership' approaches in human services. Unlike other texts in the field, the author integrates the principles and practices of sociology with applied work in the helping professions and shows how key sociological concepts can be used to explain the nature of clients' perspectives and expand client opportunities.
Book News Annotation:
This volume developed out of a course taught by Darling (sociology, Indiana U. of Pennsylvania) titled Clinical Sociological Theory. He attempts to apply sociological theory and methods to the entire spectrum of human service work. After exploring the background and theory of the material, he looks at how clients' world views are shaped by their locations in society in relation to gender, social class, race, and ethnicity. He also looks at methods for identifying clients' resources, concerns, and priorities. Finally, he looks at microlevel interventions with individuals and families and mesolevel interventions that attempt to change service systems.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-299) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface. Part I: Background and Theoretical Foundations. 1. The Partnership Approach: A Sociological Model of Practice. 3. Theoretical Foundations I: Social Structure. 4. Theoretical Foundations II: Social Process. Part II: The Client's Social World and Methods for Discovering It. 5. The Social World of the Service User. 6. Identification Techniques I: Observation. 7. Identification Techniques II: Interviewing. 8. Identification Techniques III: Questionnaires. Part III: Models of Intervention and Evaluation. 9. Linking Identification and Intervention: Developing and Implementing Service Plans. 10. Social Change, Social Problems, and the Limits of Intervention. 11. Service Evaluation. Chapter Summary. Suggested Exercise I. Suggested Exercise II. Suggestions for Further Reading. Review of the Process of Partnership-Based Practice. References.
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