Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice by David S. Derezotes

By David S. Derezotes

This ebook describes a sophisticated generalist method of direct social paintings perform with members, undefined, households, and teams. Intervention paradigms that come with psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are provided because the 4 resources of social paintings.

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31 The scientific method used in social work is rooted in that branch of epistemology called logical positivism. 32 During most of its history, social work has largely followed the positivist tradition, an outgrowth of modern empiricism that applied the scientific method to psychosocial problems. Empiricism itself grew in opposition to mainstream rationalism. Many rationalists believed that we can understand reality only through reason and not by means of our senses. In contrast, "empiricists argue that while sense information may not be entirely certain, these data are important and ought to be collected and considered" (pp.

For example, a medical social worker visits an aging woman in her room in the oncology department. " The worker persists, ccDr. " The worker discovers that the woman is a serious student of several spiritual practices and assesses that she is especially comfortable relating on the spiritual level. Such clients often have a vast "spiritual landscape," in that they seem to have resolute and profound spiritual inner worlds. Spiritual limitation. Limitations of the human spirit may include an inability to connect with self or with the world, create a personal meaning in life, and have moments of peace of mind.

Experiential Exercises 1. 2. Describe a person you know who seems to be living primarily at the prepersonal level of development (protect that person's confidentiality when necessary). Do the same exercise at the personal and transpersonal levels of development. 2. 2 do most people in your community seem to operate? Why do you think this is? At which level do most social workers seem to operate? 3. Where would you see your own multidimensional development in terms of this model? What would you see as the next developmental steps in your own life?

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