The actions social workers take are aimed at helping people, communities, and societies attain a sense of mastery, become or remain competent, and achieve or retain a sense of well-being. Such a broad scope of practice necessitates a theoretical foundation that is anchored in the concept of human competence.
This text explores the concept of competence, and shows how it is expressed in a variety of theoretical frameworks, including traditional models and emerging theoretical approaches. This approach toward human behavior focuses on mutually beneficial interactions between people and society, and emphasizes the connections between individuals and various systems that influence their lives. It enables the social worker to conduct multilevel client assessments, gaining an understanding of how clients function within their total environment, and plan a range of helpful interventions.
The volume is organized around the competency-based approach to social work education, adopted by the Council on Social Work Education. Written by leading analysts in the field, Competence is essential reading for the field of social work.
Table of Contents
1. Social Work's Mission: Fostering Competence
2. Infancy and Toddlerhood: The Foundations of Competency
3. Early Life Stages and Identity Formation
4. Living in Systems: Work and Love
5. Meaning-Making: Self-Affirmation and Transcendence
6. Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches
7. Older Adults: Life Transitions, Stress, and Resilience
8. Effective Group Dynamics
9. Communities and Neighborhoods
10. Evaluating Effectiveness
Roberta R. Greene has numerous publications (17 books) on human behavior and gerontology, including risk and resilience, such as Greene and Schriver’s Handbook on Human Behavior (2016, Transaction Press), and an article on resilience in the Encyclopedia of Social Work (2008, NASW Press). She served on the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy Commission, which mandates curriculum competencies. Dr. Greene is Professor Emeritus and former chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin.
Nancy P. Kropf is Dean of Georgia State University's Perimeter College and Professor at the School of Social Work, Georgia State University. Dr. Kropf's main area of research is late life caregiving relationships, with a focus on older adults as care providers. She is the author or editor of ten books and ninety articles and chapters in related areas. Her most recent book is one she co-authored with Sherry Cummings, Senior Cohousing: A New Way Forward for Active Older Adults (Springer 2020).