ISBN13:978-0202361185 ISBN10: 0202361187 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0202361178 ISBN10: 0202361179
Summary: Solution-Based Casework is a skill-based, practice-oriented text that provides the specific guidance that students and new practitioners need in order to make sense quickly of the complex tasks of assessment and case planning in child welfare. The book flows out of a long practice experience, and was developed in consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems viewed as contributing to recurrent abuse and neglect. It seeks to end adve
rsarial relationships in casework and advocates case plans based on specific outcome skills rather than written with vague outcome goals measuring attendance in counseling. It serves as a common conceptual framework for integrating disparate segments of a response network, thereby allowing all providers in a therapeutic system to work toward common goals.
Summary: Solution-Based Casework is a skill-based, practice-oriented text that provides the specific guidance that students and new practitioners need in order to make sense quickly of the complex tasks of assessment and case planning in child welfare. The book flows out of a long practice experience, and was developed in consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems viewed as contributing to recurrent abuse and neglect. It seeks to end adversarial relationships in casework and advocates case plans based on specific outcome skills rather than written with vague outcome goals measuring attendance in counseling. It serves as a common conceptual framework for integrating disparate segments of a response network, thereby allowing all providers in a therapeutic system to work toward common goals. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:99 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Aldine De Gruyter Year Published: 1999 International: No
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I. Historical Context
1 The Foundations of Solution-Based Casework 3
Family-Centered Practice 3 Ecological Perspective 4 Competence-Centered Perspective 7 Family Life Cycle Theory 9 Postmodern Family Casework 11 Solution-Focused Family Therapy 13 Relapse Prevention Theory 15 Integrating Solution-Focused and Problem-Centered Models 17
2 Searching for Solutions in the Postmodern World 21
The Evolution of Casework Practice 22 Current Challenges to Casework 25 Rising Pressure from the Welfare to Work Movement 28 Emerging Responses to the Crisis in Casework 29
3 Anchoring Casework in Everyday Life Events 37
"Sorting Things Out" Together 37 Partnership Changes the Meaning of Assessment 38 Keeping Ourselves Focused on Everyday Life 38 Routines Are at the Heart of Family Life 39 The Problem with Solutions 40 Overview of Family Development 41 Beginning Couple 42 Infant Preschool Family 43 School-Age Family 44 Adolescent Family 45 Launching Family 46 Postparental Family 47 Divorce and Remarriage 47 Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of Family Life 48 Everyday Life and Patterns of Discouragement 49
4 Recognizing Patterns 51
Assessing Patterns in Everyday Life 51 Creating a Partnership to Find Solutions 52 Techniques for Building Partnerships 53 Recognizing Dominant Patterns in Everyday Life 56 Helping the Family Describe the Problem in Everyday Life Terms 57 Decision-Making in Assessment 62
5 Assessing Problem Detail 65
Relapse Prevention Requires Specific Skills 65 What Skills Should Be Targeted for Outcome? 65 Steps to Promoting Prevention Skills 68 Step 1 Recognizing Patterns in High-Risk Situations 68 Step 2 Learning the Details of High-Risk Patterns 69 Step 3 Practicing Small Steps toward Change 73 Step 4 Creating a Plan That Stays Focused on Solutions 76 Reinforcing Client Progress During Assessment 79 Summary 80
6 Building a Consensus for a Prevention Plan 83
Co-Constructing Measurable Goals with Your Clients 83 Searching for Solutions 83 Strategies That Work in Gaining Goal Consensus 86 Helping Clients Establish an Initial Safety Plan 94 Thinking Long-Term While Taking Short-Term Steps 95 What Goes into a Good Initial Safety Plan? 96 Considerations on Implementing a Safety Plan 96 Summary of the Role of Assessment in Case Planning 97 Appendix 99
III. Management Issues
7 The Process of Writing Objectives and Tasks 105
The Advantages of Being Specific and Measurable 105 When Case Plans Become Court Documents 107 Writing a Case Plan That Is Focused on Solutions 108 Uniting Around a Family Goal 109 Breaking Down the Goal into Family Objectives 109 Going from Family-Level Objectives to Individual-Level Objectives 110 The Primacy of Risk-Related Objectives 112 Breaking Down Objectives into Manageable Tasks 112 Writing Action Plans to Prevent Relapse 118
8 Solution-Based Case Management 125
The Challenge of Staying the Course 125 A Reminder about Targeting Outcome Skills 126 Challenge 1 Making the Transition from Intake to Ongoing 127 Challenge 2 Making the Transition from Casework to Treatment 132 Challenge 3 Integrating Welfare to Work Objectives 136 Challenge 4 Making the Most of Setbacks 136 Supervisor's Role in Case Management 140 Taking the Time to Supervise 141 Maintaining a Partnership 142 Maintaining a Focus on Specific Situations in Family Life 143 Summary 146
9 Treatment Providers' Role in Case Management 149
Introduction 149 Gathering Basic Information about the Referral 152 What Happened? 152 What Is the Safety Plan? 153 How Has the Problem Been Defined with the Family? 154 Sample Dialogue at the Time of Referral 155 Offering Services to Mirror Family Developmental Needs 159 Overview of Steps to Prevention 163 Helping Clients Learn the Details of Their Patterns 164 Helping Clients Practice Small Steps of Change 166 Helping Clients Develop Relapse Prevention Plans 168 Summary of Solution-Based Interviewing Techniques 169 Strategies for Collaboration 170
10 Solution-Based Interviewing Techniques 175
Techniques That Build a Consensus about the Problem 176 Normalizing 177 Externalizing the Problem 178 Searching for Exceptions to the Pattern 179 Tracking the Problem Pattern 180 Techniques for Creating Interest in Signs of Change 184 Between Session Observation 185 Old versus New T-Charts 186 Scaling Questions 187 Time-Oriented Questions 189 Anchoring Change in the New Self 191 Expanding the Audience for Change 192 Reinforcing Progress through Credentialing 194 Celebrating Rites of Passage 195 Reference Reading Specifically for Technique 197
11 How Staff Experience Change 199
Frustration and Old Models 199 Advantages to Solution-Based Casework 203 Challenges Inherent in Changing Habits 207 Success Stories 209 Implementing Solution-Based Casework: Training Considerations 213 References 219 Index 225
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