Social Work Practice with Children, Fourth Edition.
Boyd, Nancy Webb.
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Intended for use in undergraduate and graduate social work courses, this text presents developmentally and culturally informed methods for helping children in family, school, and community settings. Part 1 presents an ecological-developmental framework for understanding children in the context of their environments and describes the challenges for practitioners who are committed to this helping effort. The multifaceted role of the social work is explained. Part 2 reviews the process of helping children, utilizing the case of a homeless girl over three chapters that focus on the necessary steps in any helping efforts. Part 3 deals with the different methods of helping children, beginning with methods to help the family help their child, and also includes chapter describing play therapy with the individual child, group work, and school-based collaboration. Part 4 devotes separate chapters to children in special circumstances, such as children living in kinship and foster home placements, children in divorcing families, children in families affected by illness and death, children in substance-using families, and child victims and witnesses of family and community violence. One chapter focuses on the interpersonal violence of bullying, and another chapter focuses on the helping children who are immigrants and refugees. Finally, the impact of a changing world on social work practice with children is explored. Discussion questions and role-play exercises are included at the end of each chapter. 6 tables, 65 figures, and numerous references.
social workers; professional training; child development; family violence; social workers role; assessment; play therapy; group therapy; school linked services; kinship care; foster children; substance abusing parents; children of immigrants