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.
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.
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.
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
THEORETICAL CONCEPTS AND PRACTICE PRINCIPLES
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
SPECIAL PROBLEMS AND POPULATIONS
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