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Essential Skills of Social Work Practice

Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation

Third Edition

Thomas O'Hare

Publication Date - 12 November 2019

ISBN: 9780190059606

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

In Stock

An indispensable companion for learning the skills of social work practice


Essential Skills of Social Work Practice, Third Edition presents the basics of effective social work practice and helps students develop competence in assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Its broad coverage explores the counseling, case management, and research skills necessary to implement evidence-based practice in contemporary social work. Part I of the text includes three chapters that address the core foundations of social work practice: how assessment, intervention and evaluation are linked; the role of theory and research in practice; and a chapter on ethics. Part II, in addition to explaining how to conduct sound assessments and treatment planning, also examines client supportive/engagement skills, cognitive-behavioral skills, and case management skills. Part III focuses on integrating these skills into evidence-based practices with common mental health disorders and problems-in-living with adults, children, and families. Case studies, inspired by real clients, are accompanied by a psychosocial assessment, intervention, and evaluation plan. Appendix B, "The Comprehensive Service Plan," is incorporated throughout the text.

New to this Edition

  • Updated references reflect the latest developments in EBP
  • A greater emphasis on EBP with people from various races, cultures, and countries
  • New sections on emerging therapist-assisted internet technologies for various disorders including depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse (Chapters 8 and 9)
  • A description and analysis of exemplar study helps readers understand the rationale and methodology of the randomized controlled trial, a key strategy in determining how evidence-based practices are determined (Chapter 2)


  • Integrates research, practice, and evaluation informed by current research
  • Concepts regarding assessment, intervention, and evaluation are demonstrated with case illustrations accompanied by sample treatment plans
  • Author-written ancillary program includes test bank and PowerPoint lecture outlines available on OUP's Ancillary Resource Center (ARC)

About the Author(s)

Thomas O'Hare (MSW, PhD, Rutgers University) is associate professor of social work at Boston College. He has published widely on co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems in young adults and on trauma and substance abuse in people with serious mental illnesses.

Table of Contents


    Part I. Conceptual Foundations of Essential Social Work Practice Skills
    1. Overview: Defining and Linking Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation
    2. The Relationship Between Research and Practice
    3. Essential Ethics in Social Work Practice

    Part II. Essential Practice Skills
    4. Conducting the Assessment and Planning the Evaluation
    5. Supportive Skills
    6. Therapeutic Coping Skills
    7. Case Management Skills

    Part III. Combining Essential Skills with Individuals, Couples, and Children and Their Families
    8. Adult Disorders: Schizophrenia, Mood, and Anxiety Disorders
    9. Adult Disorders: Substance Use and Personality Disorders
    10. Couples in Conflict
    11. Internalizing Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
    12. Externalizing Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
    13. From Basic to Advanced Practice: Combining Essential Skills into EBPs


    Appendix A: Psychosocial Intervention Scale
    Appendix B: The Comprehensive Service Plan
    Appendix C: Guide to Reviewing Research Reports


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