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"In the fifth edition of this seminal text, Francis Turner has once again gathered information useful for the educator, student, and practitioner alike. Each of the expertly written thirty-eight chapters provides a rich resource filled with theory-based explanations, and a framework for the subsequent concepts and strategies that lead to intervention success. In each of the approaches to practice, one unified message is heard throughout the chapter, clearly calling for an open and flexible approach to practice that takes into account all aspects of the person's internal and external environment. Solving problem behaviors is never simple and providing an interlocking framework that allows for choice in selecting theoretical perspectives opens the door to consistent, comprehensive, efficient, and effective service delivery." --Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Cincinnati

"This much-needed update to Turner's classic and comprehensive text on social work treatment theories includes nine new theories that have become influential in social work practice since the fourth edition published in 1996. It is essential that experienced practitioners as well as those new to the field be conversant with the theories and approaches that are shaping social work practice today. Turner's new edition, authored by recognized scholars and experienced clinicians, brings together all of the relevant social work treatment theories in today's postmodern world, making it easy for readers to become informed and to begin applying the theories in their practice." --Wallace J. Gingerich, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

"Yet again, one of the continent's most published and insightful social work scholars has created an excellent and accessible compendium of chapters. There is an expanded focus on a variety of new topics, in addition to an excellent reassessment of longstanding and major components of social work treatment theories. Strongly recommended for scholars, practitioners, and students alike." --John Graham, PhD, Murray Fraser Professor of Community Economic Development, University of Calgary

"Who but Turner could so successfully recruit such an outstanding cadre of experts for such a comprehensive review and analysis of social work treatment? Turner piques our curiosity, makes us think through the thorny issues, and reminds us of our responsibility to provide the best treatment possible to our clients. In this fifth edition, Turner continues his commitment to promoting responsible and best practices in clinical social work and continues as a premier mentor to us all. His years of study and practice have coalesced into this superb book to which I give my greatest recommendation." --Karen M. Sowers, PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dan Andreae, teaches at the University of Waterloo where he has received a prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award and at the University of Guelph Humber. He is the longest serving President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers ( OASW) and has received an honourary doctorate of laws degree from Assumption University for his contributions to health care and is a member of Harvard University's Medical School Postgraduate Continuing Education Association. Dan has also been awarded the Canadian Association of Social Workers( CASW) National Service Award and CASW's award for Ontario. He also been honoured with an inaugural June Callwood Award for outstanding and inspirational service to the voluntary sector. Dr. Andreae has authored chapters in textbooks and has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions.

Brent Angell, PhD, LCSW, RSW, is a Professor and the Director of the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. Considered a leading scholar on the clinical use of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Dr. Angell is committed to advancing a paradigm shift away from normative practice traditions to more generative ways of understanding and doing social work. He has made significant contributions to narrative knowing related to the worldview of North American Indian First Nations and has dedicated his career to university civic engagement and public service. Dr. Angell is the Editor and co-founder of the premiere on-line journal, Critical Social Work: An Interdisciplinary Journal Dedicated to Social Justice and has served as the President of the Canadian Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work.

Suzanne Brown, LICSW is a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty member at the Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She has worked in clinical practice with children, adults, families, and groups. She has also practiced as a clinical supervisor, administrator, and faculty field advisor. For her doctoral dissertation Ms. Brown is currently researching the role of children in substance abuse treatment retention for women with substance use disorders.

Sandy Loucks Campbell, PhD, an independent professor for over 20 years, has taught undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of gerontology, direct social work practice and organizational theory at several Canadian universities. Her PhD study completed in 2003 focused on dynamics of decision making power in long term care organizations and the impact of that power on clients served. She uses her extensive knowledge of chaos theory as the guiding theory both in her research and in her independent practice []. She is the 2009 Recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service award for Ontario given in recognition of her contribution to the social work profession and to the promotion of social justice and/or human rights.

Donald Carpenter, PhD is social work professor emeritus at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario where he was also a former chairman of the Department. He previously taught in the schools of social work at Florida State University and Loyola University-Chicago. He most recently taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the departments of social work and psychology and was a member of the teaching faculty of the Rural Health Program in the School of Medicine. His extensive clinical practice experience was in both public and private settings.

Pranab Chatterjee, PhD is the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University at Cleveland, OH, 44118. He obtained his master's drgree in social work from The University of Tennessee, and his PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. He is the author of many professional papers and book chapters. Books authored by him include A Story of Ambivalent Modernization in Bangladesh and West Bengal (2009), Contemporary Human Behavior Theory (with Susan Robbins and Edward Canda, 2006), Repackaging the Welfare State (1999), and Approaches to the Welfare State (1996). He is also the author of several books of poetry.

Elaine P. Congress, MA, MSSW, DSW is Professor and Associate Dean at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Formerly she was the Director of the Doctoral Program. Dr. Congress has published extensively in the areas of cultural diversity, immigrants, social work ethics, social work education and practice. She is a past president of NASW NYC chapter and a member of the National Board of the National Association of Social Work. Currently she serves on the NGO team for the International Federation of Social Workers at the United Nations (IFSW), the NGO Executive Committee at the United Nations and is on the International Ethics Committee for IFSW. Before her career in academia she worked as a practitioner, supervisor and administrator in a community mental health clinic.

Au-Deane Shepherd Cowley, is a professor emeritus and former associate dean of the College of Social Work, University of Utah. Areas of specialization include clinical practice, marriage and family therapy, human growth and behavior, and the spiritual or transpersonal dimension. Fr. Cowley was a recipient of a University of Utah's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, and the Alumni Association's Merit of Honor Award in 2008.

Elizabeth Ann Danto, PhD, is associate professor and chair of Human Behavior in the Social Environment at the Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York. Her book "Freud's Free Clinics - Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938," (Columbia University Press, 2005) received international acclaim including the Gradiva Book Award and the Goethe prize. Her textbook on historical research methods in social work was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Dr. Danto has lectured and written widely on the history of ideas in social work and psychoanalysis, with particular emphasis on social justice and access to mental health treatment.

David S. Derezotes, is Professor at the College of Social Work (CSW) and in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Utah. He is currently Director of the Bridge Counseling Clinic and Chair of Practice and Mental Health at the CSW and Clinical Supervisor of the Indian Walk In Center and Co-director of several dialogue training groups in Salt Lake City. Dr. Derezotes continues to work on the relationship between human diversity, spirituality, ecology, and mental health in all his teaching, scholarship, and community service.

Katie M. Dunlap, PhD, ACSW, has extensive experience in substance abuse, family counseling, school social work, medical social services, and social work education. Her research interests include adult and early childhood education, international social work, homelessness, community organization, and family empowerment using a strengths perspective. She retired as a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathleen J. Farkas, is an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She has extensive clinical and research expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders, with a particular focus on women and older adults. Dr. Farkas teaches in the Mandel School's master's and doctoral programs and is licensed in Ohio as an independent social worker. Dr. Farkas's work has been published in a wide variety of scholarly and professional journals.

Anne E. (Ricky) Fortune, is Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of the Internships in Aging at the School of Social Welfare, The University at Albany, State University of New York. Her interests include aging, task-centered practice, termination of social work treatment, and field education. She is former editor of the journals Social Work Research and Journal of Education for Social Work and served as President of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Alex Gitterman, is the Zachs Professor of Social Work and Director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Alex has published books and articles on social work practice, group work, resilience, field instruction, supervision, organizational behavior and teaching.

Eda Goldstein, DSW is professor emerita and adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she is Director of the Post Master's Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice. She is widely known for her numerous books, articles, and chapters on clinical theory and practice. Dr. Goldstein has received many honors and is consulting editor to several professional journals. She maintains a private practice in New York City.

Gilbert J. Greene, PhD, LISW is a professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. He teaches courses on clinical social work with individuals, couples, families, and crisis intervention. He is the founding editor of Journal of Brief Therapy, co-developer of Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (IFAST), and was co-editor of the first edition of Social Workers' Desk Reference.

Rhonda Hudson, PhD, LCSW, is associate professor and director of the BSW program in the School of Social Work at Union University, Jackson, TN. She is also an active board member of Area Relief Ministries, Inc., a social service agency specializing in utility assistance for individuals and families, and partnering with churches to shelter for the homeless during winter months. Her current area of research examines the blessing of mutual aid for task groups providing hospitality to homeless guests.

Carol Kaplan, PhD is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Co-Chair of the Clinical Area. She received her MSW from Hunter School of Social Work and her PhD from NYU School of Social Work. Before becoming an academic, Dr. Kaplan worked for a number of years as a clinician in a community mental health center. She has taught a variety of courses at Fordham, mainly in the area of clinical social work. She has many publications, including articles that address issues involving children and adolescents. Her most recent research concerns a mentoring program for Middle School Latinas run by Fordham faculty.

Thomas Keefe, D.S.W., is a Professor, Department Head and M.S.W. Program Director at the University of Northern Iowa. His current interests address mindfulness meditation, environmental justice and short works of fiction.

Patricia Kelley, is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She has also been a visiting professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, and Flinders University and University of South Australia both in Adelaide, S.A. Her area of teaching and research has been in clinical practice, and she maintained a practice throughout her career. The author of two books and over 60 articles and chapters, she has given numerous papers and workshops around the United States and in ten other countries.

Dennis Kimberley, received his MSW from McGill University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His practice has largely included addictions, mental health and concurrent disorders, child abuse and exploitation, sexual deviation and sex offending, and parent capacity assessment and development. He was a director with the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, 1968-1977 (now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). As Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work 1977-1985, he made contributions to educational policy, accreditation, curriculum design and content expertise. Since 1985 Dennis has been a professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and teaches at the BSW, MSW and doctoral levels, as well as in police and forensic interviewing. He has been called upon to do consulting, training and board work, provincially, nationally and internationally, and has represented Canada in many international arenas. He has been called upon as an expert in court, in judicial inquiries, and on national and international panels. He has an interest in role theory and concepts as applied directly and indirectly in social work including social work roles, roles undertaken by those we try to help, and change of personal and social role functioning in individuals, families, life-long partnerships, groups, communities, organizations and society.

Donald Krill, is a Professor Emeritus teaching part-time at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and part-time with the Ollie Curriculum for retired people. He has a part-time private practice in Denver and does volunteer counseling with the homeless-mentally ill through the mental health association. He worked ad a consultant with pueblo tribes in New Mexico over a twelve year period. In his semi-retirement he has pursued his avocation as a magician-entertainer, practicing what he terms "shamanistic trickery"

Judith A.B. Lee, DSW, Dmin, is Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut School of Social work. She is the author of the Empowerment Approach to Social Work Practice: Building the Beloved Community and numerous articles and book chapters. She is also an Ordained Roman Catholic Priest and Pastoral and Clinical Director of Good Shepherd Ministries serving homeless and low income people in Fort Myers, Florida.

Mo Yee Lee, is a Professor at the College of Social Work of The Ohio State University. Professor Lee has a dual focus in her clinical practice and scholarly work that includes practice and research regarding a solution-focused strengths-based systems perspective in social work treatment, as well as cross-cultural integrative clinical practice with individuals and families. She is the editor of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Dr. Lee has published two books: "Solution-focused treatment with domestic violence offenders: Accountability for change," published by the Oxford University Press in 2003, and "Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An empirically based approach to assessment and treatment," published by the Oxford University Press published in 2009.

Robert MacFadden, is the Director of Continuing Education and a professor of Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He is a pioneer in the area of the application of information technology in human services, including the use of IT to deliver clinical social work practice and education. He has taught clinical social work courses for over twenty-five years and has practiced in agencies and in private practice. With several levels of training in hypnosis, Professor MacFadden has integrated hypnosis into his clinical practice. More recently he has specialized in the application of neuroscience to clinical social work education and practice.

Anne Marie Mawhiney, is professor of social work and is currently on leave after completing a seven year term as Dean of the Faculty of Professional Schools at Laurentian University.

Dennis Miehls, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Human Behavior Sequence at Smith College for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. His current research and theoretical interests include relational theory, supervision theory, and neurobiology and clinical social work. Dennis has been named a Distinguished Practitioner with the National Academies of Social Work. He is also a member of a national study group of the American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. Dennis maintains a private clinical practice in Northampton, Massachusetts and he specializes in individual and couple therapies with survivors of childhood trauma.

Annie Wenger-Nabigon, M.S.W., R.S.W., Annie Wenger-Nabigon has worked as a psychotherapist for over 26 years in the United States, specializing in couples and family therapy, sex therapy, critical incident stress debriefing, and the treatment of PTSD. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Human Studies Program at Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON. Her current research examines the relationship of resilience and clan identity, and is focused toward development of a First Nation model of resilience. She maintains a private consulting and writing practice.

Herb Nabigon, M.S.W.,is a Full Professor in the School of Native Human Services at Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON. He has worked in the Sudbury community for 20 years, active as a board member and Elder for many organizations serving the Native community. He is President of the White Buffalo Road Healing Lodge, a private organization serving Provincial and Federal departments of Corrections in the area of youth justice issues. In addition to his local and national work, Professor Nabigon has been an invited guest lecturer and Elder for organizations in Mexico, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States.

Louise Osmond, has received her BSW and MSW from Memorial University. She has worked in children's rehabilitation, school social work and has been in private practice since 1993. Louise has also taught child abuse and addictions, assessment and intervention, as a sessional instructor, has presented nationally and internationally, and has acted as a consultant and trainer to various agencies. Her areas of expertise include: sexualized and traumatized children; sibling incest; sex offending and sexual deviation; victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; assessment and treatment of trauma; treatment of addicted and dual disordered persons; treatment integrated foster care. She has a special interest in the roles undertaken by women and children who are oppressed and in assessing and changing personal and social role functioning.

Timothy Page, is the Betty J. Stewart Associate Professor in Social Work Practice with Children and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Louisiana State University School of Social Work. His research involves attachment-based narrative assessments with young children and an attachment-based group intervention for parents involved in the child welfare system.

Cheryl Regehr, is the Vice-Provost of Academic Programs for the University of Toronto. Former Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, she is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Medical Sciences at University of Toronto.

Susan Robbins, Susan P. Robbins, Ph.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in her college from 1998-2000. She holds licenses as an advanced clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) in Texas. She also has a Diplomate in Forensic Social Work from the American Board of Forensic Social Workers in addition to holding a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work from both NASW and the American Board of Examiners in Social Work.

Dr. Robbins served as the Associate Editor of Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services from 1999-2007. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Social Work Education, Families in Society, The Forensic Examiner, the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and the Family Preservation Journal. She is the primary co-author of a widely adopted textbook on theories of human behavior, and is the lead author of two monographs on drug abuse prevention published by the University of Pennsylvania. She has also published several book chapters on drugs and drug abuse. She has been a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Social Work and the Social Workers' Desk Reference, on the topics of cults, satanic ritual abuse and recovered memory of abuse and has published numerous articles in professional journals.

Howard Robinson, DSW, is a Clinical Assistant Professor on the full-time faculty of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, New York. He specializes in the treatment of couples and is author of Enhancing Couple Resiliency, in Norman, E. (2000). Putting the strengths perspective into social work practice. New York: Columbia University Press.

William Rowe, Dr Rowe is a Professor in the School of Social Work at The University of South Florida. He holds appointments in the College of Public Health, the Aids Education and Training Center, and the Moffitt Cancer Center.?Dr. Rowe has worked extensively in the fields of social work education, child welfare, corrections, Health and HIV. He has provided training and lectures at agencies and universities throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He serves on the editorial board of a number of academic and professional journals including the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work and is co-editor of Best Practices in Mental Health: an International Journal.

Dennis Saleebey, DSW, is Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare at the School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas. One of his primary interests has been the development of a more strengths-based approach to social work practice. He is the author/editor of The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice,(Allyn&Bacon) now in its 5th edition . His book, Human Behavior and Social Environments: A Biopyschosocial Approach was published by Columbia University Press in 2001. His latest publication is: D. Saleebey (2008), "The Strengths Perspective" in S. J. Lopez (Ed.), Handbook of Positive Psychology. Over the last 25 years he has been involved in a number of strengths-based community-building and community outreach projects in Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Kansas City, Kansas. He has four grown children, and is married to Dean Emerita of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Ann Weick.

Michael Shier, is a graduate student in University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work. He is a social work practitioner working as a research coordinator in the Faculty of Social Work and also works directly with clients in a crisis intervention role within the
disability services and mental health fields of practice.

Bruce A. Thyer, is a Professor and former Dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University. He received his MSW from the University of Georgia in 1978 and his Ph.D. in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. Dr. Thyer is a current LCSW, and has held national elective office with the Council on Social Work Education, the Society for Social Work and Research, the American Psychological Association, and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. He has published extensively in the fields of behavior analysis and therapy, clinical social work, social work theory, the evaluation of practice, and evidence-based practice.

Barbara Thomlison, PhD is a professor in the School of Social Work and over the past 10 years Director of the Institute for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She obtained her PhD in social work from the University of Toronto and she has a lengthy interdisciplinary practice history with children, families, and policy services. Her academic interests include evidence-based interventions, child welfare, foster care, child maltreatment, mental health, and family centered practice. Her current projects are in the area of assessment and intervention as a result of trauma, family assessment, school readiness, child welfare education, and evidence-based resources for practice. Thomlison's publications include articles in the areas of family-centered practice, parenting for the prevention of child maltreatment, child welfare practice, family preservation, foster care, treatment foster care, and family reunification, and on healthy child development. Dr. Thomlison's recent books include APA Style for Social Work, Family Assessment, and, Evidence-Based Internships. Dr.Thomlison is actively involved as a board and community member in local and national child welfare and family service organizations, and Child Welfare Title IVE Education.

Ray J. Thomlison, is a professor in the School of Social Work, within the College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, Miami. Dr. Thomlison has held academic appointments in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto and as Dean at the University of Calgary. In addition to these Canadian experiences, Dr. Thomlison also held visiting teaching appointments at the University of Regina, University of British Columbia, York University, and Laurentian University. During the past decade, Dr. Thomlison held numerous administrative appointments within Florida International University including, Director of the School of Social Work, Executive Dean of the College of Health and Urban Affairs, and most recently, Dean, of the College of Social Work, Justice, and Public Health. Dr. Thomlison's research and scholarship in Social Work is in the area of Family and Children Services with specific long term interest in the practice of Behavior Therapy. His commitment to Child Welfare was recognized in the Province of Alberta in his influence of changes of Child Welfare legislation and more recently in the State of Florida in receiving a $2.5 million grant to develop the new Child Welfare Training Curriculum for the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.

Elizabeth M. Tracy, is Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Chair of the PhD Program. The body of her work on social networks and social support has been applied to family preservation programs, residential settings for youth, early intervention, and community mental health programs. She currently is Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded R01 3 year longitudinal study examining the "Role of
social networks in post treatment functioning".

Francis J. Turner, D.S.W. is a Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario. He has written and edited several books on theory and practice including Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Social Work and Social Work Diagnosis in Contemporary Practice, He is former Editor of International Social work. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Ottawa and his Doctorate from Columbia University.

Mary Valentich, is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, a Registered Social Worker, Certified Sexuality Educator and Diplomate of Sex Therapy. She is an activist, media commentator, author, private practitioner, and member of several organizations, groups and boards related to sexuality, diversity and racism, and social justice. As well, she ardently pursues numerous sports and leisure activities.

Dan Wulff, is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. He is a family therapist and supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. Dan is a Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report, an online journal dedicated to publishing qualitative inquiry, a Board Member of the Taos Institute, and an Advisory Board Member of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (1974)
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Natalie N. Moore on April 5, 2000
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This is a great book to have especially if you are a student struggling with theories. It is very clear and gives accurate definitions and descriptions of the theories utilized in the field of Social Work. I recommend all Social Work students to purchase the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lou(c) on November 23, 2008
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This was a required textbook for an Integrated Methods graduate Social Work course. It is an excellent book. I would highly recommend it. My only complaint is that even the newest edition (4th) is pretty old. I realize that some of these theories haven't changed, so that doesn't matter. However, I like to use the bibliographies for other research; the references are all even older than the book... Turner needs to update it again...
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Pyle on April 27, 2010
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Just what is Social Work? Like most everyday people, I only had a vague notion. Social Work is do-good work, helping poor people, working with institutions, etc., etc. A history major, I have an enduring notion in my mind's eye of the prototypical social worker. He or she is the official greeter at Ellis Island, welcoming huddled masses of wretched immigrants yearning to be free.

Like most things in life, one doesn't really get to know something until one really has to use it. Or, in my case, do it. Such happened to me when my 21 year old son had a psychotic episode which ultimately manifested as schizophrenia. While I like to believe that his case is milder than most, still it brought me face to face with "The System" of programs, people, and support available to the mentally ill. The System, I found, is a complex thicket of siloed programs each addressing specific aspects of need for a mentally ill individual.

To secure all that The System could offer to my disabled son, I became an institutional adventurer, a bureaucracy jockey, jumping for agency to agency, judging obtuse regulations. I became a public advocate, testifying as a parent to the New Jersey Senate about budget allocations to the mental health sector. I became a de facto social worker.

Social work is an organized profession. There are schools of social work. There is a national association. There are certifications and designations, such as MSW, CSW, and LCSW. But just what is the basis of this profession? Is there an academic, intellectual or theoretical foundation for it?

An answer for me came when on the shelf of a local social service agency I found a copy of Social Work Treatment: Interlocking Theoretical Approaches, edited by Francis Turner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Bales on February 15, 2009
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This is a great book to have especially if your theories. It is very clear and gives accurate definitions and descriptions of theories. I would recommend this book to social work students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loca Lady on March 14, 2010
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This book does not contain the most up-to-date therapy techniques. Some oldy-but-goody techniques are helpful.
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I have the fourth edition as well as this one. It offers a great overview to many theories, common and uncommon, in the field. Additionally, I enjoy the easy connections for recommended use and practice areas. Great textbook and professional library resource. I am keeping the fourth edition as there are some approaches in the fourth edition not included in the fifth edition and this edition is expanded.
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I love this book because it covers a variety of theories used in social work treatment. I am appreciative of this book because it shows professionals how to implement the theories into practice, which is a core competency for social workers. This book was required for school, but I kept it because it is so useful and helpful when learning how to implement theories.
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This book was the key ingredient for my Human Behavior and the Social Environment final paper. The chapters are written by the experts in that particular theory in a clear, concise fashion. Perfect for graduate or undergraduate study.
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