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Empowering Vulnerable Populations

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

Mary Keegan Eamon

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780190616007

400 pages
6 x 8.9 inches

Retail Price to Students: $85.00


Empowering Vulnerable Populations is the first source book for cognitive-behavioral interventions used with vulnerable populations. The book presents and evaluates a broad range of CB interventions that assist vulnerable populations in attaining empowerment-related goals. The author demonstrates the consistency of CB applications with an empowerment perspective, the importance of CB intervention methods, and the need for continued research on how these methods can assist vulnerable groups in attaining empowerment outcomes.


  • Provides multiple examples of CB interventions that help vulnerable clients achieve empowerment goals
  • Allows readers to easily find appropriate interventions
  • Provides the interventions in enough detail (or refers the reader to relevant resources and information) to carry out the interventions
  • Addresses criticisms regarding alleged contradictions between CB methods and empowerment and social justice
  • Provides additional suggestions for practice and research

About the Author(s)

Mary Keegan Eamon (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MSW, University of Iowa) is an experienced practitioner as well as an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses on cognitive-behavioral interventions and practice methods and has written many journal articles regarding the effects of poverty on the well-being of children and families.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    PART ONE Vulnerable Populations, Cognitive-Behavioral Methods, and Empowerment
    Chapter 1 Vulnerable Populations
    Chapter 2 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Methods
    Chapter 3 Empowerment and Cognitive-Behavioral Methods
    PART TWO Accessing and Increasing Social Resources
    Chapter 4 Enhancing Social Interactions
    Chapter 5 Increasing Leisure, Recreational, and Related Activity
    Chapter 6 Recruiting Assistance to Enhance Personal Well-Being
    PART THREE Acquiring and Increasing Economic Resources
    Chapter 7 Obtaining Employment
    Chapter 8 Maintaining and Advancing in Employment
    Chapter 9 Accessing Public and Private Sources of Economic Resources
    PART FOUR Increasing Self-Determination
    Chapter 10 Enhancing Personal Control and Input into Decision Making
    Chapter 11 Increasing Choice Making in Daily and Long-Term Decisions
    Chapter 12 Securing Legal and Personal Rights
    PART FIVE Increasing Involvement in Macro Decision Making and Summary
    Chapter 13 Changing Social Policies and Community and Organizational Practices
    Chapter 14 Summary, Practice Implications, and Future Research