- Hardcover: 632 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; 3rd edition (May 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231139985
- ISBN-13: 978-0231139984
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice 3rd Edition
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Alex Gitterman has set his sights on nothing less than defining social work practice in its broadest sense and at the same time providing details that allow us to understand our work with specificity. He has truly engaged the enormous quantity of knowledge that has emerged since the publication of the last edition, and his ability to incorporate all of this into one book is masterful. He has captured social work at a time in which our profession is increasingly difficult and has found a way to help us reason through the 'wicked problems' we face in an uncaring and frequently oppressive society. (Jacqueline Mondros, dean, Hunter College School of Social Work)
Alex Gitterman and the late Carel B. Germain are seminal thinkers on this topic, and their extremely comprehensive, scholarly text is a refreshing break from many of the social work practice texts that are available. Its scholarship is first-rate. (Meredith Hanson, Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service)
About the Author
Alex Gitterman is Zachs professor and director of the doctoral program at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is the coeditor of Mutual Aid, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, and the Life Cycle, Third Edition, and author of The Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, Second Edition, which won the Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence in end of life content. Currently, Professor Gitterman serves on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and as a commissioner on the Commission of Education and Curriculum Innovation and chair for the group work symposia of the Council on Social Work Education.
The late Carel B. Germain was emerita professor of social work at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Human Behavior in the Social Environment and editor of Social Work Practice: People and Environments.
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Where I went to school it was considered heresy to criticize the life model, because it is a "major" theory that belongs uniquely to social work. That's too bad, because if this is a high point of social work theory, then it speaks poorly for our intellectual base.
The life model, like the social work profession, seems organized around being as inclusive as possible in the service unity. This harkens back to the social work profession arising out of the unification of several diverse, often fractious social welfare movements. Inclusiveness is important to social work as a defining value of the profession. But in the attempt to be as inclusive as possible, the life model dilutes itself as a usefull basis for intervention.
The life model rests on the (obvious) premise that aspects of the persons biopsychosocial ecology interact; and that intervening in the that ecology may have a salutary effect on the client. What's worse, the theory treats this understanding as if it were some kind of end point, rather than a basic underpinning of understanding human behavior. Understanding that there is an ecology in which to intervene tells you nothing about how to intervene, or how to anticipate the effects of your interventions. What good do we do our trainees to be educating them with model? What good do we do our clients?
If social workers are to join our professional cousins in the modern world it needs to move beyond simplistic and obvious theories like the life model. Intellectual inclusiveness does not have to mean being general to the point of irrelevance. The teaching of this theory in social work education dilutes our strength. We live in a time when, more than ever, our society and our clients need us to be thoughtful as well as compassionate. We need to do better than this.