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Breaking Out of the Box

Adventure-Based Field Instruction

Fourth Edition

Kelly Ward and Robin Sakina Mama

Publication Date - 04 December 2019

ISBN: 9780190095307

368 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Prepares social work students for the full scope of their careers in one crucial text


Moving from the classroom to the field is often a daunting transition for social work students. In this new edition of their celebrated text, Kelly Ward and Robin Sakina Mama address student fears and concerns with a straightforward, adventure-based instruction method. Using interactive exercises to integrate cross-curricula content, Breaking Out of the Box, Fourth Edition, encourages students to gain perspective and insight as they navigate field placement and their growing careers.

Previous editions of Breaking Out of the Box have been commended for their direct and honest approach to a wide array of concerns shared by social workers and students. The fourth edition returns to this mission with a new chapter on emotional intelligence written with the authors' hands-on and direct approach.

The book's exercises allow students to become comfortable using vital social work tools and theories outside of the classroom. Emphasis on individual decision making within group settings fosters independent skills and confidence in addition to proficient group work and leadership skills. In Breaking Out of the Box, Ward and Mama prepare social work students for the full scope of their careers in the field in one crucial text.

New to this Edition

  • New chapter on emotional intelligence


  • Provides a hands-on approach to field instruction and boosts student engagement by offering a variety of writing assignments and "Thoughts to Ponder" boxes
  • Includes an instructor's manual that provides a detailed guide for each classroom activity, including preparation, presentation, variations, objectives, and review questions
  • Discusses ethical demands utilizing the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and the NASW Code of Ethics

About the Author(s)

Kelly Ward, PhD, MSW, BSW has worked as a child care worker, administrator, and private practitioner before entering social work education over 20 years ago. Dr. Ward started her social work career in residential care beginning with an inpatient long term program for adolescents in Newark New Jersey and helping to start a MICA in-patient program for adults. She began her teaching career in 1994 as an Adjunct Professor while working as a clinician in private practice primarily working in addictions with teenagers and their families. She has written in the areas of social work education, as well as substance use and abuse issues. She has a strong passion for social work and teaching.

Robin Sakina Mama, PhD, MLSP, MSS, BSW is the Dean of the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, New Jersey. A Full Professor at Monmouth, Dr. Mama teaches in the Global and Community Practice concentration of the MSW program. Her teaching and research interests are in human rights, field education, international social development and international social work. She serves as the representative of the International Federation of Social Workers to the United Nations in New York City and is the Chair of the International Committee of the National Association of Social Workers.

Table of Contents

    Welcome to the Field

    Chapter 1 Getting Started
    Chapter 2 Teamwork: Your Supervisor and You
    Chapter 3 Are you people smart?
    Chapter 4 Developing the Professional Persona
    Chapter 5 Building Professional Relationships
    Chapter 6 Expectations and Stereotypes
    Chapter 7 Communication: Building Bridges, Not Walls
    Chapter 8 Insight into Your Clients' Perceptions
    Chapter 9 Put It in Writing!
    Chapter 10 Pick a Theory, Any Theory
    Chapter 11 Intervention Planning
    Chapter 12 Working Together as a Team
    Chapter 13 Boundaries: The Invisible Lines of Trust
    Chapter 14 Difficult Issues and Difficult Situations
    Chapter 15 Self-Evaluation
    Chapter 16 Termination and Evaluation of Client Progress

    Appendix A: National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 2018
    Appendix B: Canadian Code of Ethics 2005
    Appendix C: Canadian Guidelines for Ethical Practice 2005
    Appendix D: Safety and Health Checklist for Home Visits
    Appendix E: UNDeclaration of Human Rights
    Appendix F: Biopsychosocial Form
    Appendix G: Genogram
    Appendix H: Process Recording for Individuals and/or Families


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