Synopses & Reviews
Shulman's text introduces a model for the helping process based on an "interactional" approach, which uses several theories and skills to build on the client-helper relationship. By presenting the core processes and skills in the chapters on work with individuals, Shulman shows how common elements exist across stages of helping and across different populations. These processes and skills reappear in the discussions of group, family, and community work.
About the Author
Lawrence Shulman is a professor, as well as a former dean, in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York, Buffalo. A social work practitioner educator for more than 40 years, he has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare and school violence. Dr. Shulman has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or coeditor of nine books. He also was the co-editor of the Journal of Clinical Supervision and serves on five other editorial boards. In addition, Dr. Shulman is the co-founder and co-chair of the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Haworth Press.
Table of Contents
1. An Interactional Approach to Helping. 2. Oppression Psychology, Resilience and Social Work Practice. 3. The Preliminary Phase of Work. 4. Beginnings and the Contracting Skills. 5. Skills in the Work Phase. 6. Endings and Transitions. 7. The Preliminary and Beginning Phases in Family Practice. 8. The Middle and Ending Phases in Family Practice. 9. Variations in Family Practice. 10. The Preliminary Phase in Group Practice. 11. The Beginning Phase with Groups. 12. The Middle Phase of Group Work. 13. Working with the Individual and the Group. 14. Endings and Transitions with Groups. 15. Professional Impact and Helping Clients Negotiate the System. 16. Social Work Practice in the Community - Philosophy, Models, Pinciples, and Practice. 17. Evidence-based Practice and Additional Social Work Practice Models.