1st Edition

Social Work Practice in the Military

ISBN 9780789006264
Published March 9, 2000 by Routledge
386 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Social Work Practice in the Military provides military social workers, military scholars, and civilian social workers with an overview of diverse practice settings as well as the history and future of military social work practice to give you an understanding of the military persona as an ethnic identity. This unique book provides in-depth coverage of issues such as family violence, substance abuse, medical social work, combat settings, ethical dilemmas, managed care's impact on the military, and much more. Social Work Practice in the Military is an essential guide for anyone working with military clients, families of military personnel, or near a military installation. This valuable book contains input from top current and past leaders within the ranks of military social workers to bring you a wide spectrum of firsthand ideas and input to help you better assist your military clients.

Social Work Practice in the Military will help you better understand the diversity of social work practice within the military and the many unique situations a military social worker must face. This informative book will provide you with specific ways of improving the lives of your military clients and their families, such as:

  • understanding how the most rapidly expanding arena of practice, family advocacy, which includes a broad array of family violence prevention and intervention services, can help military clients
  • learning how TRICARE, the military managed health care program, impacts military families and social workers in order to provide your clients with the best care while working within the limited budget of a managed care program
  • analyzing the historical discussions of the changing view of substance abuse treatment within the military and how you can best provide effective, multilevel services to your clients
  • examining the extensive involvement of military social workers in a myriad of medical social work programs serving patients and families to help you offer the best patient care in situations involving domestic violence and drug abuse
  • discovering essential skills for military social workers, such as, effective involvement in combat or deployed situations
Through Social Work Practice in the Military, you will better understand the importance of your many roles as clinician, advocate, policymaker, resource liaison, and organizational consultant and learn how to successfully accomplish every one of these roles. Containing insight into the future directions of practice, this valuable book will help you effectively assist military clients and their families with the various challenges they face.

Table of Contents

Contents About the Editor

  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Senior Editor's Comments
  • Preface
  • About the Contributors
  • Part I: Historical Contexts of Practice
  • Chapter 1: History of Army Social Work
  • The Civilian Connection with the Army
  • The Enlisted Social Work Contributions
  • The Social Work Officer
  • The Role of the Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Stockades
  • The Army Community Service (ACS)
  • Education and Training
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: History of Navy Social Work
  • Chapter 3: History of Air Force Social Work
  • Introduction
  • Organizational Structure
  • Personnel
  • Evolution of Practice
  • Catalysts for Practice
  • Summary
  • Addendum--Social Work Task Force Initiative to Address Critical Issues for Social Work Practice
  • Part II: Practice Arenas
  • Chapter 4: Development and Evolution of the Family Advocacy Program in the Department of Defense
  • Introduction
  • Background and History
  • Service Program Development
  • Role of Social Workers
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: The Increasing Impact of TRICARE on Military Social Work Practice
  • Overview of TRICARE
  • Military Social Work Practice in a TRICARE Environment
  • Chapter 6: Military Social Work Practice in Substance Abuse Programs
  • Conceptual Model for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services in the Military
  • Development of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in the Armed Forces
  • Certification/Professionalization
  • Changes in Treatment Modality
  • Social Worker Skills for Providing Substance Abuse Services in the Military
  • Addressing Illegal Drug Use in the Armed Forces
  • Chapter 7: Medical Social Work in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Historical Background
  • Today's Medical Social Worker
  • Unique Aspects of Military Social Work
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8: Military Social Work Practice in Mental Health Programs
  • Overview of Mental Health Services Within the Military
  • Contrast of Mental Health and Other Social Welfare Programs Within the Military
  • The Future of Military Social Workers Within the Mental Health Clinic
  • Chapter 9: Military Social Work Officers in Support of Combat and Non-Combat Military Operations
  • Introduction
  • A Brief Historical Overview of Social Work Roles Within the Context of Military Mental Health Support in Combat Operations
  • Combat and Other Operational Mental Health Principles and the Role of the Social Work Officer
  • Some Examples of Social Work Officer Involvement in Combat and Noncombat Stress Interventions
  • The Future
  • A Guide for Social Work Officers Assigned to Division Mental Health Teams or Other Combat Stress Control Settings
  • Some Important Considerations for Social Work Officers Assigned to a Deployable Status
  • Core Readings for a Library on Combat and Operational Mental Health
  • Chapter 10: Social Work in the Military: The Role of Social Work in Policy Practice
  • Introduction
  • The Changing Military
  • Practice in the Context of the Military Culture Policy
  • Frameworks for Policy Practice in the Military
  • U. S. Navy Social Work and Policy Practice
  • U. S. Army Social Work and Policy Practice
  • U. S. Air Force Social Work and Policy Practice
  • Conclusion
  • Part III: Unique Issues of Military Social Work
  • Chapter 11: Common and Unique Ethical Dilemmas Encountered by Military Social Workers
  • Introduction
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work
  • Development and Overview of the (ital) NASW Code of Ethics
  • Distinguishing Military Factors Contributing to Ethical Dilemmas
  • Discussion of Selected Ethical Dilemmas for Military Social Workers
  • Suggested Guidelines for Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12: Career Progression and Grooming
  • The Successful Career: An Overview
  • Contrasting the Ideal Path with the Realities of Life's Demands
  • Survival Tips fo

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