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Social Work Treatment

Interlocking Theoretical Approaches

Sixth edition

Edited by Francis J. Turner

Publication Date - April 2017

ISBN: 9780190239596

632 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock


First published in 1974, Social Work Treatment remains the most popular and trusted compendium of theories available to social work students and practitioners. It explores the full range of theoretical approaches that drive social work treatment and knowledge development, from psychoanalysis to crisis intervention. A treasure trove of practice knowledge, the text equips professionals with a broad array of theoretical approaches, each of which shine a spotlight on a different aspect of the human condition. Emphasizing the importance of a broad-based theoretical approach to practice, it helps readers avoid the pitfalls of becoming overly identified with a narrow focus that limits their understanding of clients and their contexts.

This sweeping overview of the field untangles the increasingly complex problems, ideologies, and value sets that define contemporary social work practice. The result is an essential A-to-Z reference that charts the full range of theoretical approaches available to social workers, regardless of their setting or specialty.


  • Three additional theories will be covered with their own chapter: String Theory, Emergence Theory, and Hope Theory.
  • All existing chapters are thoroughly revised and updated.

About the Author(s)

Francis J. Turner, DSW, MSW, LDD, is Professor Emeritus, School of Social work, Wilfrid Laurier University and Senior Scholar, York University.

Table of Contents

    1. Attachment Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Timothy Page

    2. Brain Plasticity: An Emerging Therapeutic Technique for Social Work
    Dan Andreae

    3. Chaos Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Sandra Loucks Campbell

    4. Client-Centered Theory and the Person-Centered Approach: Values-Based Evidence-Supported
    William S. Rowe

    5. Cognitive Behavior Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Ray J. Thomlison and Barbara Thomlison

    6. Cognitive Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Pranab Chatterjee and Suzanne Brown

    7. Constructivism: A Conceptual Framework for Social Work Treatment
    Donald E. Carpenter and Keith Brownlee

    8. Crisis Theory and Social Work Practice
    Diane Mirabito

    9. Ecopsychology: Adding "Eco" to the Biopsychosocialspiritual perpespctive
    David Derezotes

    10. Empowerment Approach to Social Work Treatment
    Judith A.B. Lee and Dr. Rhonda E. Hudson

    11. Existential Social Work
    Donald Krill

    12. Feminist Theory and Social Work Practice
    Eveline Milliken

    13. The Four Forces: An Inclusive Model
    Au-Deane Shepherd Cowley

    14. Functional Theory and Social Work Practice
    Katherine M. Dunlap

    15. General Systems Theory: Evolution and Application
    Nancy Riedel Bowers and Anna Bowers

    16. Gestalt Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Elaine P. Congress

    17. Hope Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Alexander T. Polgar

    18. Hypnosis and Clinical Social Work Practice
    Elayne Tanner

    19. Life Model of Social Work Practice: An overview
    Alex Gitterman

    20. Meditation and Social Work Practice
    Thomas Keefe

    21. Mindfulness and Social Work
    Kirstin Bindseil and Kate Kitchen

    22. Narrative Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Patricia Kelley and Mark Smith

    23. Neurolinguistic Programming Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Brent Angell

    24. Oppression Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Susan P. Robbins

    25 Problem-Solving and Social Work
    Michael L. Shier

    26. Psychoanalytic System of Ideas
    Elizabeth Ann Danto

    27. The Psychosocial Framework of Social Work Practice
    Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley and Paz M B Zorita

    28. Relational Social Work: A Contemporary Psychosocial Perspective on Practice
    Carol Tosone and Caroline Rosenthal Gelman

    29. Relational Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Dennis Miehls

    30. Resilience Theory
    Robbie Gilligan

    31. Role Theory and Concepts Applied to Personal and Social Change in Social Work Treatment
    Dennis Kimberley and Louise Osmond

    32. Social Learning Theory and Social Work Treatment
    Bruce A. Thyer

    33. Social Networks and Social Work Practice
    Elizabeth M. Tracy and Suzanne Brown

    34. Social Work Practice in the Time of Neuroscience
    Robert J. MacFadden

    35. Socially Costructing Social Work
    Dan Wulff

    36. Solution-Focused Theory
    Mo Yee Lee

    37. Task-Centered Social Work
    Anne E. Fortune and William J. Reid

    38. Trauma Informed Social Work Treatment and Complex Trauma
    Dennis Kimberley and Ruth Parsons

    39. Emerging Theories
    Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley


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