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The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work


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In each of its editions, The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work has made an original contribution. Gale Goldberg Wood and Carol T. Tully use several key concepts to explain the structural approach--principles, processes, roles, tasks, and skills--and present a clear conceptual framework. The particular achievement of this edition is the chemistry between its structural change focus and its social constructionist ideas in a postmodern context. The text brilliantly combines values, theory, and concrete application. -- Susan Roche, Department of Social Work, University of Vermont

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Acknowledgements Introduction Part I. Infrastructure 1. The Frame of Reference for Social Work Practice 2. The Philosophical Base for Structural Social Work Practice 3. Ethics and Strucutral Social Work Practice Part II. Principles and Processes 5. Intervention Principles and Procedures: A Process Model Part III. Roles 6. The Conferee 7. The Broker 8. The Mediator 9. The Advocate 10. The Therapist 11. The Case Manager 12. The Group Worker 13. The Community Organizer Part IV. Context 14. Learning the Organization 15. Working in the Organization 16. A Paradigm Dilemma References Index

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Gale Goldberg Wood is professor emerita of the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, Kentucky, and, with Ruth R. Middleman, the coauthor of the second edition of The Structural Approach to Direct Practice in Social Work. She has written extensively on direct practice, the use of narratives, and empowerment.Carol T. Tully is professor of social work at the Kent School of Social Work. She has published widely on feminist social work, ethics, and social services, and is the author of Lesbians, Gays, and the Empowerment Perspective.


This is a refreshing book. It provides an excellent comprehensive framework for social work practice that has its roots in the profession's historical emphasis between person and society. It will make an excellent text for direct practice courses. -- Richard L. Edwards, dean of the Rutgers School of Social Work

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