1st Edition

Distinguishing Clinical from Upper Level Management in Social Work

Edited By Marvin D. Feit, Michael J. Holosko Copyright 2013
    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    130 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past few decades, as administrative and technological complexity has increased, so has the role and importance of administrative practice in social work. For those making the switch from front-line practice to administration and management there is, therefore, a real need to prepare and enhance the knowledge base and skill set necessary at the executive level. In particular, the importance of budgeting and fiscal management, the need for accountability, negotiation between different and competing organizations, along with an understanding of decision-making, planning, and understanding levels of risk.

    Written by two experienced authors within social work education, this practical workbook presents the interrelated nature of decision-making, and provides a model for understanding what is required in the transition from clinician, to clinical and upper level management. The text covers:

    • The difference between clinical and upper level management skills
    • The major trends that influence health and human service organizations
    • An analysis of the concept of leadership
    • The skills needed by Clinical Managers and Upper Level Managers to administer effectively.

    Distinguishing Clinical and Upper Level Management is a much needed update to the field of management and administration within human service organizations, and will be important reading for social work students, social service professionals, and other human service providers.

    1. Introduction  2. A Model for Understanding the Management and Administration of Social Work Problems  3. Current Trends Influencing Health and Human Service Organizations (HSOs)  4. Social Work Leadership: Identifying Core Attributes  5. Clinical vs. Upper Level Management: Program Evaluation  6. Clinical vs. Upper Level Management: Financial Management  7. Where Data Meets Dollars: Decision-Making Epilogue


    Marvin D. Feit is Professor of Social Work in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University, USA.

    Michael J. Holosko is the Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare at The University of Georgia, School of Social Work, and adjunct instructor at Norfolk State University, USA.