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Social Workers' Desk Reference

Third Edition

Editor-in-chief: Kevin Corcoran and Albert R. Roberts

Publication Date - 18 May 2015

ISBN: 9780199329649

1512 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

The Third Edition of the Social Workers' Desk Reference continues to respond to the changes occurring in society and how they are impacting the education, research, and practice of social work as a whole.


People all over the world are confronted by issues such as poverty, a lack of access to quality education, unaffordable and or inadequate housing, and a lack of needed health and mental services on a daily basis. Due to these issues, there is a need for social workers who have access to relevant and timely scholarly materials in order to meet the needs of those facing these issues. The social, psychological, and biological factors resulting from these issues determine the level of a person's mental health at any given point in time and it is necessary for social workers to continue to evolve and develop to the new faces and challenges of the times in order to adequately understand the effects of these issues.

In the first and second editions of the Social Workers' Desk Reference, the changes that were occurring in social work practice, education, and research were highlighted and focused upon. This third edition continues in the same tradition and continues to respond to the changes occurring in society and how they are impacting the education, research, and practice of social work as a whole. With 159 chapters collaboratively written by luminaries in the profession, this third edition serves as a comprehensive guide to social work practice by providing the most recent conceptual knowledge and empirical evidence to aid in the understanding of the rapidly changing field of social work. Each chapter is short and contains practical information in addition to websites and updated references. Social work practitioners, educators, students, and other allied professionals can utilize the Social Workers' Desk Reference to gain interdisciplinary and interprofessional education, practice, and research.


  • Comprehensive guide to social work practice containing responses to social issue changes occurring in society.
  • Contains 159 chapters written by luminaries in the profession.
  • Short, practical chapters containing updated references.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Corcoran Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama.


A CHOICEr 2016 selection for Outstanding Academic Title

"That this work directly takes on changes in society and discusses their applicability to the field of social work makes it an essential resource for libraries and individuals alike."-- N. Reid, CHOICE

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction and Overview
    1 - What changes and what remains in a practice profession
    Elizabeth Clark
    2 - Professional socialization: On becoming and being a social worker
    Shari Miller

    Part II: Roles, Functions, and Fields of Social Work Practice
    3 - Evidence-based social work practice with children and adolescents
    Alison Salloum and Lisa Rapp-McCall
    4 - Overview of alcohol and drug dependency: Identification, assessment and treatment
    Kenneth R. Yeager
    5 - School social work
    Robert Lucio
    6 - Social work practice and leadership
    Michael J. Holosko
    7 - Essentials of Private Practice
    Raymond D. Fox
    8 - Social work practice and the Affordable Care Act
    Stephen Gorin, Julie S. Darnell and Christina Andrews
    9 - Social Work Practice in Home-Based Services
    Martha Morrison Dore and Charlene Zuffante
    10 - Social work practice in diseasters
    Daphne S. Cain
    11 - Victim services
    Karen S. Knox
    12 - The Social Worker in a Domestic Violence Services
    Brandy Macaluso and Diane L. Green Sherman
    13 - Traumatic stress and emergency service
    Ted Bober
    14 - Military social work
    Allen Rubin and James G. Daley
    15 - Military social work in the community
    Anthony Hassan and Sara Kintzle
    16 - Social work with military families
    Diane Scotland-Coogan
    17 - Social work practice and personal self-care
    Jeff Skinner

    Part III: Social Work Values, Ethics, and Licensing Standards
    18 - Ethical Issues in Social Work
    Frederic G. Reamer
    19 - Risk Management in Social Work
    Frederic G. Reamer
    20 - Advocacy in administrative forums: Guidelines for practice in benefit appeals
    John M. Gallagher
    21 - Social Work Regulation and Licensing
    Andrew T. Marks and Karen S. Knox
    22 - The impaired social work professional
    Frederic G. Reamer
    23 - Technology in social work practice: Micro, Mezzo, and Marco applications
    Jonathan B. Singer and Melanie Sage
    24 - Navigating complex boundary challenges
    Kimberly Strom-Gottfried
    25 - Integrating values into social work practice
    Juliet C. Rothman
    26 - Adoption competence in social work practice
    Debra Siegel

    Part IV: Theoretical Foundations and Treatment Approaches in Clinical Social Work
    27 - Crisis intervention with individuals and groups: Framework to guide social workers
    yvonne Eaton-Stull
    28 - Fundamentals of Brief Treatment
    Jan Ligon
    29 - Common Factors in Psychotherapy
    James W. Drisko
    30 - Task-Centered Practice
    Anne E. Fortune, Blanca M. Ramos and William J. Reid
    31 - The Life Model of social work practice
    Alex Gitterman
    32 - Client-Centered Theory and Therapy
    William S. Rowe, Sumantha A. Hafner, Andalicia J. Stinson
    33 - Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    M. Elizabeth Vonk and Theresa J. Early
    34 - Psychosocial Therapy
    Francis J. Turner
    35 - Solution-Focused Therapy
    Peter Dejong
    36 - Theoretical pluralism and integrative perspectives in social work practice
    william borden
    37 - Animal-assisted interventions in social work practice
    Yvonne Eaton-Stull
    38 - Narrative Therapy
    Patricia Kelley and Mark Smith
    39 - The neurobiology of toxic stress: Implications for social work practice,
    Julie M. Rosenzweig and Stephanie A. Sundborg
    40 - Fundamental priciples of behavioral social work
    Denise E. Bronson
    41 - The miracle question and scaling questions for solution-building and empowerment
    Mo Yee Lee
    42 - Gestalt Therapy
    William P. Panning
    43 - Contemporary object relations treatment
    William Borden
    44 - Human trafficking and trauma-informed care
    Kristen Heffernan, Betty Blythe, and Andrea Cole
    45 - Using Self-Psychology in Clinical Social Work
    Jerrold R. Brandell and Suzanne Brown

    Part V: Assessment in Social Work Practice: Knowledge and Skills
    46 - Clinical diagnostic formulation using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition
    Carlton E. Munson
    47 - How clinical social workers can easily use Rapid Assessment Tools (RATs) for mental health assessment and treatment evaluation
    Kevin Corcoran
    48 - Bipolar Disorder and related disorders
    Elizabeth C. Pomeroy
    49 - Guidelines for Selecting and Using Assessment Tools with children
    Craig Winston Lecroy and Stephanie Kennedy
    50 - Assessment protocols and Rapid Assessment Tools with troubled adolescents
    David W. Springer, Stephen J. Tripodi and Stephanie Kennedy
    51 - Using Standardized Tests and Instruments in Family Assessments
    Jacqueline Corcoran
    52 - Very brief screens for practice and evaluation
    Steven L McMurtry, Susan J. Rose and Lisa K. Berger

    Part VI: Working with Couples and Families
    53 - Using Genograms to Map Family Patterns
    Monica McGoldrick
    54 - A Family Resilience Framework
    Froma Walsh
    55 - Treatment Planning with Families: An Evidence-Based Approach
    Catheleen Jordan, Cynthia Franklin, and Shannon Johnson
    56 - Effective Couple and Family Treatment
    Cynthia Franklin, Catheleen Jordan, and Laura M. Hopson
    57 - Structural Family Therapy
    Harry J. Aponte and Karni Kissil
    58 - Bowen Family Systems Therapy
    Daniel V. Papero
    59 - Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy
    Katherine J. Baucom, Felicia de la Garza-Mercer, and Andrew Christensen
    60 - Family therapy approaches using psychoeducaton
    Joseph Walsh
    61 - Guidelines for Couple Therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma
    Kathryn Karusaitis Basham
    62 - Working with children and families impacted by military service
    Eugenia L. Weiss, Jose E. Coll, and Tara DeBraber
    63 - Preventing antisocial and aggressive behavior in childhood
    Traci L. Wilke, Jilan Li, and Mark W. Fraser
    64 - Multifamily Groups with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Barbara Van Noppen
    65 - Collaborating with families of persons with severe mental illness
    Tina Bogart Marshall and Phyllis Solomon
    66 - Assessment, prevention, and intervention with suicidal youth
    Jonathan B Singer and Kimberly H. McManama O'Brien
    67 - Intensive family preservation services
    Betty Blythe and Andrea Cole

    Part VII: Developing and Implementing Treatment Plans with Specific Groups and Disorders
    68 - Guidelines for Establishing Effective Treatment Goals and Plans for DSM-5 insomnia and generalized anxiety disorders
    Vikki L. Vandiver
    69 - Treating problem and disordered gambling: Often a hidden behavioral addiction
    Cathy King Pike and Andrea G. Tamburro
    70 - Developing Therapeutic Contracts with Clients
    Juliet Cassuto Rothman
    71 - Developing Goals
    Charles D. Garvin
    72 - Treatment Planning with Adolescents: ADHD Case Applications
    Kimberly Bender, Samantha M. Brown, and David W. Springer
    73 - Eating Disorders and Treatment Planning
    Nina Rovinelli Heller and Jack Lu
    74 - Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia
    Gordon Macneil and Jason M. Newell
    75 - Treatment Plans for Clients with Social Phobia
    Bruce A. Yhyer and Monica Pignotti
    76 - Integration of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral practices
    Terry B. Northcut and Nina Rovinelli Heller
    77 - The Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    M. Elizabeth Vonk
    78 - Guidelines for Clinical Social Work with Clients with Dissociative Disorders
    Lina Hartocollis and Jacqueline Strait

    Part VIII: Guidelines for Specific Techniques
    79 - Practice from a technique perspective
    Francis J. Turner
    80 - Developing Successful Therapeutic Relationships: The therapeutic and group alliances
    Lawrence Shulman
    81 - Using Therapeutic Metaphor in Social Work
    Stephen R. Lankton
    82 - Cognitive Restructuring Techniques
    Donald K. Granvold and Bruce A Thyer
    83 - Using Miracle and Scaling Questions for Solution-building and Empowering
    Mo Yee Lee
    84 - Improving classroom management through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
    A. M. Thompson
    85 - Best Practices in Parenting Techniques
    Carolyn Hilarski
    86 - Bereavement and Grief Therapy
    Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Kathleen H. Anderson, and Renée Bradford Garcia
    Diane L. Green
    87 - Motivational Interviewing
    Shannon K. Johnson, Kirk von Sternberg, and Mary M. Velasquez
    88 - Working with Clients Who Have Recovered Memories
    Susan P. Robbins
    89 - Terminating with Clients
    Anne E. Fortune

    Part IX: Guidelines for Specific Interventions
    90 - Transtheoretical Model Guidelines for Families with Child Abuse and Neglect
    Janice M. Prochaska, James O. Prochaska, and Judith J. Prochaska
    91 - Play Therapy with Children in Crisis
    Nancy Boyd-Webb
    92 - Social Skills Training and Child Therapy
    Craig Winston Lecroy
    93 - Guidelines for Chemical Abuse and Dependency Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    Diana M. Dinitto and C. Aaron Mcneece
    94 - Best Pratices in social work with Groups
    Mark J. Macgowan and Alice Scmidt Hanbidge
    95 - Supported Employment Approaches
    Marina Kukla and Gary R. Bond
    96 - Working with and Strengthening Social Networks
    Elizabeth M. Tracy and Susanne Brown
    97 - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing with Trauma Clients
    Tony Edmond and Allen Rubin
    98 - Educational intervention: Principles for practice
    Kimberly Strom-Gottfried
    99 - Divorce Therapy: The Application of Cognitive-Behavioral and Constructivist Treatment Methods
    Donald K. Granvold
    100 - Primary prevention using Go GRRRLs Group with Adolescent females
    Craig Winston LeCroy and Licole M. Huggett
    101 - Cyberbullying and the social worker
    Michelle F. Wright and Diane Green Sherman
    102 - Empirically Supported treatments for borderline personality disorders
    Jonathon B. Singer
    103 - The interface of psychiatric medications and social work
    Kia J. Bentley and Joseph Walsh

    Part X: Case Management Guidelines
    104 - An Overview of Case Management
    Jack Rothman
    105 - Clinical Case Management
    Joseph Walsh
    106 - Case Management Policies and Programs with the Developmentally Disabled
    Elizabeth Lightfoot
    107 - Case Management in Psychosocial Rehabilitation
    David P. Moxley
    108 - Case Management and Child Welfare
    Jannah H. Mather and Grafton H. Hull, Jr.
    109 - Case Management with Substance-Abusing Clients
    W. Patrick Sullivan
    110 - Case management with older adults
    Daniel S. Gardener and Dina Zempsky
    111 - HIV/AIDS Case Management
    Brian Giddens, Lana Sue I. Ka'Opua, and Evelyn P. Tomaszewski

    Part XI: Community Practice
    112 - An Integrated Practice Model for Family Centers
    Anita Lightburn and Chris Warren-Adamson
    113 - International Perspectives on Social Work Practice
    Karen M. Sowers
    114 - Community Organizing Principles and Practice Guidelines
    Terry Mizrahi
    115 - Contemporary community models
    Marie Overby Weil and Dorothy N. Gamble
    116 - Legislative Advocacy to Empower Oppressed and Vulnerable Groups
    Michael Reisch
    117 - Community Partnerships for School-Based Services: Action Principles
    Dennis L. Poole and Aidyn L. Lachini
    118 - Building Community Capacity in the U.S. Air Force: The Community Readiness Consultant Model
    Gary L. Bowen, James A. Martin, Brenda J. Liston, and John P. Nelson
    119 - Neoliberalism, globalization and social welfare
    Michael J. Holosko
    120 - Community-lead structural intervention as community practice in Haiti and India
    Toorjo Ghose

    Part XII: Working with Vulnerable Populations and Persons at Risk
    121 - Overview of Working with Vulnerable Populations and Persons at Risk
    Rowena Fong
    122 - The Legacy of Racism for Social Work Practice Today and What Do about It
    Ann Marie Garran and Joshua Miller
    123 - Anti-oppressive pratices
    Katherine Ishizuka and Altar Husain
    124 - Effective Practice with Refugees and Immigrants
    Miriam Potocky
    125 - Social Work Practice with Native Americans
    Teresa A. Evans Campbell
    126 - Social Work Practice with Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
    Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi and Rowena Fong
    127 - Social Work Practice with Latinos
    Ilze A. Earner and Alan Dettlaff
    Genoveva Garcia
    128 - Social Work Practice with African Americans
    Sadye M. L. Logan
    129 - The Culturagram
    Elaine P. Congress
    130 - Social work practice with persons living with HIV/AIDS
    Neil Able
    131 - Social Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients
    Mary Boes Katherine Van Wormer
    132 - Global perspective on gender issues
    Kristin Heffernan and Betty Blythe

    Part XIII: School Social Work
    133 - Overview of Current and Future Practices in School Social Work
    Paula Allen-Meares
    134 - Evidence-Based Violence Prevention Programs and Best Implementation Practices
    Ronald O. Pitner, Roxana Marachi, and Ron Avi Astor Andrami Benbenishty
    135 - Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Interventions for Students at Risk to Drop Out
    Cynthia Franklin, Johnny S. Kim, Michael S. Kelly, and Stephen J. Tripodi
    136 - Treating Children and Adolescents with ADHD in the Schools
    Steven W. Evans, Joanna M. Sadler, and Christine E. Brady
    137 - Effectively working with Latino immigrant families in schools
    Eden Hernandez Robles, Alan Dettlaff, and Rowena Fong
    138 - Online database of interventions and resources for school social workers
    Natasha K. Bowen

    Part XIV: Forensic Social Work
    139 - The changing face of forensic social work practice: An overview
    José B. Ashford
    140 - Forensic Social Work and Expert Witness Testimony in Child Welfare
    Carlton E. Munson
    141 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
    John Allen Lemmon
    142 - Child protection mediation: An interest-based approach
    Allan Edward Barsky
    143 - Forensic social workers in offender diversion
    Michael S. Shafer and José B. Ashford
    144 - Therapeutic tasks at the drug court
    Jill L. Littrell
    145 - Making a case for life: models of investigation in death penalty mitigation
    José B. Ashford
    146 - Assessing and treating adolescent sex offenders
    Karen S. Knox
    147 - Forensic social work with women who use violence in intimate relationships
    Michelle Mohr Carney
    148 - Best practices for assessing and treating older adult victims and offenders
    Tina Maschi, George Leibowitz, and Lauren Mizus

    Part XV: Evidence-Based Practice
    149 - Evidence-Based Practice, Science, and Social Work: An Overview
    Bruce A. Thyer
    150 - Developing Well-Structured Questions for Evidence-Informed Practice
    Eileen Gambrill and Leonard Gibbs
    151 - Locating Credible Studies for Evidence-Based Practice
    Allen Rubin and Danielle Parrish
    152 - Critically Appraising Studies for Evidence-Based Practice
    Denise E. Bronson
    153 - Randomized Controlled Trials and Evidence-Based Practice
    Paul Montgomery and Evan Mayo-Wilson
    154 - Meta-Analysis and Evidence-Based Practice
    Jacqueline Corcoran and Julia H. Littell
    155 - Systematic Reviews and Evidence-Based Practice
    Julia H. Littell and Jacqueline Corcoran
    156 - Qualitative research and evidence-based practice
    Micchael Saini and Rory Crath
    157 - Integrating Information from Diverse Sources in Evidence-Based Practice
    Eileen Gambrill
    158 - Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work Education
    Aron Shlonsky
    159 - Evaluating our effectiveness in carrying out evidence-based practice
    Bruce A. Thyer and Laura L. Myers

    Author Index
    Subject Index