Foundations of Interpersonal Practice in Social Work
Promoting Competence in Generalist Practice
- Brett Seabury - University of Michigan, USA
- Barbara Seabury - Private Practice
- Charles D. Garvin - University of Michigan, USA
Counselling Skills | Social Work Practice (General)
A unique aspect for this book is that it pays special consideration to enhancing social justice by working with individuals and families who have been historically oppressed. Although content is interwoven throughout the book, there is a special chapter on enhancing social justice which is written by known experts in the area. The book takes a broad based approach and thus is highly relevant for courses typically called "Practice I" or Foundations of Practice, which are offered in BSW programs and first year MSW programs.
The book is thoroughly updated, including more content that will engage students, including:
-Chapter opening vignettes
-More excercises and role-play activities embedded within the chapters
-Questions for critical thinking
-Bolded/glossary terms highlighted within text
-Margin notes to enhance student comprehension
-New feature of "social work journal/diary" which details a 'day in the life' of a social worker in a variety of settings.
-IRCD and student study site
There are some applicable chapters to courses, however, not enough to have students buy the book. We are redesigning the course completely from scratch and will include more social/public health/communication topics in the course. Therefore, we will reconsider this book as a recommended text for the students at our medical school.
Some useful ideas and theories but overall the slant is towards American practice, whihc whilst still relevant does have its differnences from UK practice. However, some of the writing will be useful in teaching and learning about relationships within the SW setting and I will be citing it in my teaching.
I love the flow of the book and the ease of moving students through the engagment process to the evaluation process!