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Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice: An Integrative Perspectiveby Eda G. Goldstein
Synopses & Reviews
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
Carolyn Saari, Ph.D., Professor School of Social Work, Loyola University, Chicago, and Editor, Clinical Social Work Journal Educators and clinicians alike will find Short-Term Treatment and Social Work Practice to be both a very timely book in relation to current pressures for more brief treatment and very useful in its provision of an integrated perspective on this work. The book is an excellent text for beginners whether these are students or practitioners venturing into this modality for the first time.Jerrold R. Brandell, Ph.D. Professor, Wayne State University School of Social Work Eda Goldstein and Maryellen Noonan have performed a great service to the profession of social work and its clientele. Their model, while remaining faithful to the guiding principles of social work practice, offers a vital approach to time-sensitive treatment in a professional climate transformed by the reality of limited resources and the dicta of managed health care. Destined to take its place among such brief-treatment classics as Perlman's Social Casework: A Problem-Solving Approach and Alexander and French's Psychoanalytic Therapy, this volume is essential reading for social workers at all levels of clinical practice.Francis J. Turner, Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University Doctors Goldstein and Noonan have produced a much-needed and critically relevant text of import for practitioners and educators. Short-term treatment, although highly popular, has lacked a firm foundation in theory, and a conceptually sound practice paradigm. This volume presents both. In addition it expands this practice format into a multi-modality base and addresses its application to specialized and challenging client groups in a manner that extends the efficacy of this important contemporary practice strategy.
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