Social Work Practice in Child Welfare: The Interactional Model.
vii, 200 p.
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Atlanta, GA 30384-0516
Intended for social workers and practitioners who work in the field of child welfare, this text demonstrates how evidence-based practices can be integrated into a practice framework consistent with a social worker’s professional role, while avoiding overly prescriptive practices. The general practice model is presented, illustrated, and then applied to the different areas of social work in child welfare, including protection, family support, foster care, adoption, and residential care. The common elements of the interactional model (IM) are described and include: the impact of time and the phases of work (preliminary, beginning, middle, and ending and transition), the importance of integrating the personal and professional selves of the worker; the integration of support (empathy) with demand (confrontation); the notion of “two clients”; the skills of professional impact; the importance of integrating science into social work practice that allows the worker to maintain and not lose the individual artistry of practice; and supervision of practice. Process recording examples drawn from child welfare practice are analyzed and then connected to the practice model. 56 references. (Author abstract modified)
child welfare services; promising practices; child protection; family support systems; foster children; adopted children; Residential treatment; models