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Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice

Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice

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June 2019 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice provides an in-depth examination of human behavior theories and helps students apply each theory to social work practice. Authors Terry Koenig, Rick Spano, and John Thompson cover a broad spectrum of theories—including ecological, psychological, and sociopolitical—before applying them to a wide range of case examples that represent different stages across the human lifespan. Drawing from their extensive knowledge and experience in social work practice and teaching, the authors also feature scholarly research and writing to support the understanding of the theoretical overview in each chapter.

About the Authors
Chapter 1 • Introduction to Theory and Its Application to Social Work Practice
How This Book Is Organized  
Chapter Summaries  
What Is Theory?  
Theory and Science  
Does Theory Really Matter? Theory Myth Busters  
The Interactive Abstract/Concrete Continuum  
Meta-Theories as Overarching Theories: Their Contributions to Practice  
Chapter 2 • Critique of Theory for Use in Social Work Practice
What Does This Theory Say About Human Behavior?  
How Does This Theory Address Growth and Change?  
How Holistic Is This Theory?  
How Consistent Is This Theory With Social Work Values and Ethics?  
What Are the Sources of Knowledge That Support This Theory?  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 3 • Contextualizing Human Behavior Theory
Rationale for the Chapter  
Assumptions Regarding Our Discussion of HBSE Theories and Their Connection to Practice  
Defining Historical Context  
Application of Historical Context Framework  
Historical Context Questions Applied to the Late 1800s to 1920  
Chapter Summary  
Classroom Exercise: Analyzing Current Events  
Chapter 4 • Critical Theories
Critical Theories and Their Roots in Marxism  
Broad and Narrow Definitions of Critical Theory  
Key Themes in Critical Theory and Its Development  
Critical Theory in the 20th Century: Feminist Criticism and Critical Race Theory  
In-Depth Paulo Freire (1921–1997)  
Theory Critique  
Application of Critical Theories to Social Work  
Environmental Conditions  
Classroom Exercises: The Application of Critical Theory to Social Work Practice Examples  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 5 • Psychodynamic Theory
Brief Introduction to Freudian Ideas  
Key Conceptual Elements of Freud  
Psychodynamic Theories’ Early Influences on Social Work Practice  
Extensions of Psychodynamic Theory  
Ego Psychology  
More Current Developments  
In-Depth: Otto Rank  
Theory Critique  
Application of Psychodynamic Theory  
The Application of Psychodynamic Theory to Case Examples  
Connections to Usefulness in Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Classroom Exercises  
Chapter 6 • Systems Theories
Introduction to Systems Theories  
In-Depth Exploration of Systems Theories as Applied to Social Work Practice  
Social Work Frame of Reference Based on Systems Theory  
Current Conceptualization of the Life Model  
Theory Critique  
Application of the Life Model to Social Work Practice: Eco-Maps, Genograms, and Beyond  
Chapter Summary  
Classroom Exercises  
Chapter 7 • Environmental and Ecological Theory in Social Work
Connecting Social Work With the Natural Environment  
Is Environmental Thought New?  
Environmental Ethics  
In-Depth: Arne Naess and Deep Ecology  
Critique of Environmental and Ecological Theory  
Social Work’s Historical Relationship With the Natural Environment  
Social Work and the Natural Environment: Current Developments  
Summary of Social Work and the Natural Environment  
Chapter Summary  
Classroom Exercises  
Chapter 8 • Life Span Theories, Family Life Course Perspectives, and Historical Trauma
Overview of Life Span Theories  
Advances Beyond Erikson  
In-Depth: Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart and Venida S. Chenault  
Critique of Life Span Theories and Beyond  
Introduction to Social Work’s Understanding of Life Span Theory  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 9 • Symbolic Interactionism
Overview and In-Depth Examination of George H. Mead  
Critique of Symbolic Interactionism  
Application of Symbolic Interactionism Theory to Social Work Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 10 • Behavior Theory, the Cognitive Turn, and the Influence of Mindfulness
Introduction and History of Behaviorism  
Behavior Theory and Three Generations of Behavior Therapy  
The Cognitive Turn and the First Generation of Behavior Therapies  
Cognition and Second-Generation Behavior Therapies  
Third-Generation Behavior Therapies  
In-Depth: Mindfulness East and West  
Critique of Behavior Theory and Behavior Therapies  
Application of Behaviorism to Social Work Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 11 • Theories of Culture and White Privilege
Critical Consciousness for Ourselves and Our Clients  
White Privilege and White Identity Development  
Helms’s White Identity Development Model  
Praxis as Action-Awareness-Reflection-Dialogue  
In-Depth Theorist: Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality  
Critique of Theories of Culture, White Privilege, Diversity, and Intersectionality  
Application and Development of Diversity in Social Work Practice  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 12 • Empowerment Theory and the Strengths Perspective
Historical Context for Empowerment Theory  
Key Themes in Empowerment Theory  
Positive Psychology  
Applied Positive Psychology  
Concerns About Positive Psychology  
In-Depth Theorists for the Strengths Perspective  
Critique of Empowerment Theory and the Strengths Perspective  
Application of the Strengths Perspective  
Classroom Exercise  
Chapter Summary  
Chapter 13 • Cognitive and Moral Development Theories
Piaget and Cognitive Development  
From Cognitive to Moral Development Theory  
The Emergence of Kohlberg’s Moral Development Theory  
Public Education as the Just Community  
Extensions From Piaget and Kohlberg  
Current Trends in Moral Development  
In-Depth: Carol Gilligan and Women’s Moral Development  
The First Perspective  
The Second Perspective  
The Third Perspective  
Adolescent Girls and Authenticity  
Critique of Cognitive and Moral Development Theories  
Application of Cognitive and Moral Development Theories to Social Work Practice  
Chapter Summary  


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ISBN: 9781506304915