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Solution-based Casework : An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Casework Practice - Dana N. Christensen

Solution-based Casework

An Introduction to Clinical and Case Management Skills in Casework Practice

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780202361185
Number Of Pages: 229

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Solution-based casework is an approach to assessment, case planning, and case management that combines what we know from clinical social work with what we value about sound social work practice. It is grounded in family-centered social work and draws from clinical approaches within social work and mental health. By integrating problem- and solution-focused approaches that form the clinical and social work traditions, treatment partnerships are more easily formed between family, caseworker, and service provider.

Solution-Based Casework is a skill-based, practice-oriented text that provides the specific guidance that students and new practitioners need in order to make sense quickly of the complex tasks of assessment and case planning in child welfare. The book flows out of a long practice experience, and was developed in consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems viewed as contributing to recurrent abuse and neglect. It seeks to end adversarial relationships in casework and advocates case plans based on specific outcome skills rather than on those written with vague outcome goals measuring attendance in counseling. It serves as a common conceptual framework for integrating disparate segments of a response network, thereby allowing all providers in a therapeutic system to work toward common goals.

The text is divided into three sections. In Section I the conceptual history and theoretical foundations of solution-based casework are presented so that the reader can place this approach to casework within the ongoing professional conversation about what constitutes sound practice; Section II addresses issues of assessment and case planning; Section III focuses on case management issues and how treatment team members experience a solution-based casework approach.

Dana N. Christensen is professor and director of the Center for Family Resource Development, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville. Jeffrey Todahl is assistant professor, with a specialiation in Marriage and Family Therapy, College of Education, University of Oregon.

William C. Barrett is in private practice, Family Intervention of Kentucky, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Introductionp. xi
Historical Context
The Foundations of Solution-Based Caseworkp. 3
Family-Centered Practicep. 3
Ecological Perspectivep. 4
Competence-Centered Perspectivep. 7
Family Life Cycle Theoryp. 9
Postmodern Family Caseworkp. 11
Solution-Focused Family Therapyp. 13
Relapse Prevention Theoryp. 15
Integrating Solution-Focused and Problem-Centered Modelsp. 17
Searching for Solutions in the Postmodern Worldp. 21
The Evolution of Casework Practicep. 22
Current Challenges to Caseworkp. 25
Rising Pressure from the Welfare to Work Movementp. 28
Emerging Responses to the Crisis in Caseworkp. 29
Anchoring Casework in Everyday Life Eventsp. 37
"Sorting Things Out" Togetherp. 37
Partnership Changes the Meaning of Assessmentp. 38
Keeping Ourselves Focused on Everyday Lifep. 38
Routines Are at the Heart of Family Lifep. 39
The Problem with Solutionsp. 40
Overview of Family Developmentp. 41
Beginning Couplep. 42
Infant Preschool Familyp. 43
School-Age Familyp. 44
Adolescent Familyp. 45
Launching Familyp. 46
Postparental Familyp. 47
Divorce and Remarriagep. 47
Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of Family Lifep. 48
Everyday Life and Patterns of Discouragementp. 49
Recognizing Patternsp. 51
Assessing Patterns in Everyday Lifep. 51
Creating a Partnership to Find Solutionsp. 52
Techniques for Building Partnershipsp. 53
Recognizing Dominant Patterns in Everyday Lifep. 56
Helping the Family Describe the Problem in Everyday Life Termsp. 57
Decision-Making in Assessmentp. 62
Assessing Problem Detailp. 65
Relapse Prevention Requires Specific Skillsp. 65
What Skills Should Be Targeted for Outcome?p. 65
Steps to Promoting Prevention Skillsp. 68
Recognizing Patterns in High-Risk Situationsp. 68
Learning the Details of High-Risk Patternsp. 69
Practicing Small Steps toward Changep. 73
Creating a Plan That Stays Focused on Solutionsp. 76
Reinforcing Client Progress During Assessmentp. 79
Summaryp. 80
Building a Consensus for a Prevention Planp. 83
Co-Constructing Measurable Goals with Your Clientsp. 83
Searching for Solutionsp. 83
Strategies That Work in Gaining Goal Consensusp. 86
Helping Clients Establish an Initial Safety Planp. 94
Thinking Long-Term While Taking Short-Term Stepsp. 95
What Goes into a Good Initial Safety Plan?p. 96
Considerations on Implementing a Safety Planp. 96
Summary of the Role of Assessment in Case Planningp. 97
Appendixp. 99
Management Issues
The Process of Writing Objectives and Tasksp. 105
The Advantages of Being Specific and Measurablep. 105
When Case Plans Become Court Documentsp. 107
Writing a Case Plan That Is Focused on Solutionsp. 108
Uniting Around a Family Goalp. 109
Breaking Down the Goal into Family Objectivesp. 109
Going from Family-Level Objectives to Individual-Level Objectivesp. 110
The Primacy of Risk-Related Objectivesp. 112
Breaking Down Objectives into Manageable Tasksp. 112
Writing Action Plans to Prevent Relapsep. 118
Solution-Based Case Managementp. 125
The Challenge of Staying the Coursep. 125
A Reminder about Targeting Outcome Skillsp. 126
Making the Transition from Intake to Ongoingp. 127
Making the Transition from Casework to Treatmentp. 132
Integrating Welfare to Work Objectivesp. 136
Making the Most of Setbacksp. 136
Supervisor's Role in Case Managementp. 140
Taking the Time to Supervisep. 141
Maintaining a Partnershipp. 142
Maintaining a Focus on Specific Situations in Family Lifep. 143
Summaryp. 146
Treatment Providers' Role in Case Managementp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Gathering Basic Information about the Referralp. 152
What Happened?p. 152
What Is the Safety Plan?p. 153
How Has the Problem Been Defined with the Family?p. 154
Sample Dialogue at the Time of Referralp. 155
Offering Services to Mirror Family Developmental Needsp. 159
Overview of Steps to Preventionp. 163
Helping Clients Learn the Details of Their Patternsp. 164
Helping Clients Practice Small Steps of Changep. 166
Helping Clients Develop Relapse Prevention Plansp. 168
Summary of Solution-Based Interviewing Techniquesp. 169
Strategies for Collaborationp. 170
Solution-Based Interviewing Techniquesp. 175
Techniques That Build a Consensus about the Problemp. 176
Normalizingp. 177
Externalizing the Problemp. 178
Searching for Exceptions to the Patternp. 179
Tracking the Problem Patternp. 180
Techniques for Creating Interest in Signs of Changep. 184
Between Session Observationp. 185
Old versus New T-Chartsp. 186
Scaling Questionsp. 187
Time-Oriented Questionsp. 189
Anchoring Change in the New Selfp. 191
Expanding the Audience for Changep. 192
Reinforcing Progress through Credentialingp. 194
Celebrating Rites of Passagep. 195
Reference Reading Specifically for Techniquep. 197
How Staff Experience Changep. 199
Frustration and Old Modelsp. 199
Advantages to Solution-Based Caseworkp. 203
Challenges Inherent in Changing Habitsp. 207
Success Storiesp. 209
Implementing Solution-Based Casework: Training Considerationsp. 213
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780202361185
ISBN-10: 0202361187
Series: Modern Applications of Social Work
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 1st June 1999
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36