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Social Work in Health Settings

Practice in Context, 3rd Edition

By Judith L.M. McCoyd, Toba Schwaber Kerson

© 2010 – Routledge

398 pages

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About the Book

The most comprehensive book of its kind, Social Work in Health Settings presents a "practice in context" framework which is then applied in thirty-one casebook chapters, covering a great variety of health care settings from working with survivors of domestic violence through supporting people with HIV to services for military personnel.

Reflecting the enormous changes in policy, health care delivery, insurance systems, and the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, this third edition features all new case chapters. Each chapter considers the impact of dimensions of context including policy, technology and organization on the client situation and then explores the key practice decisions that structure the helping relationship: the definition of the client; determining goals, objectives and contract; meeting place; use of time; strategies and interventions; stance of the social worker; use of resources outside of the social worker/client relationship; reassessment and evaluation; and transfer or termination.

This thought-provoking volume thoroughly integrates social work theory and practice, and provides an excellent opportunity for understanding particular techniques and interventions. In this era of managed care, downsizing, and moving away from hospital-based work, the approach taken in Social Work in Health Settings proves more salient than ever before.

Table of Contents

1. Practice in context: the framework – Toba Schwaber Kerson Section 1 – INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY WORK 2. Fetal surgery: A new setting for social work intervention – Martha G. Hudson 3. Intimate Partner Violence in the NICU – Laurie Stewart & Patti Barry 4.Social work in a perinatal AIDS Program – Caryl Blackwood, Judy Mason & Virginia Walther 5. Social Work Practice in an Adolescent Parenting Program - Kathleen Rounds, Traci Wike, Helen Dombalis 6. Managing asthma from a social work perspective in a center for children with special health needs - Laura Boyd 7. Social Work in the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Setting: Fighting the New Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Children - Helaine Ciporen 8. The complexities of providing foster care for a child with special needs and her teenage mother - Kathy Desmond & Lori Hendrickson 9. Social Work in a Pediatric Hospital: Managing a medically complex 12 year old with multi-system disorders – Jennifer Fenstermacher 10. Family-focused care of an adolescent with second degree burns to both legs: A multidisciplinary approach – Anne Hahn 11. Longing to belong: Finding a sense of acceptance and community at a special services school district – Wendy Emerson Hinch 12. Helping a man who had been living in a ventilator assistance facility to receive a lung transplantation – Regina Miller 13. Following Her Lead: A Measured Approach to Providing Case Management and Mental Health Treatment to Homeless Adults – Annick Barker 14. Social Work in a For-Profit Renal Dialysis Unit – Betsy C. Blades 15. Returning veterans, traumatic brain injury and Veterans’ Administration services: The war-related illness and injury study centers – Patricia Findley 16. Junior, A consumer in an in-home support program: A study of collaboration, boundaries, and use of self – Renee C. Cunningham-Ginchereau & Carol Perrot 17. A framework for working with people with early stage dementia: A relationship-focused approach to counseling – Phyllis Braudy Harris & Kathleen "Casey" Durkin 18. Autonomy: Friend or foe in the health care center of a continuing care retirement community – Jennifer Bell 19. Geriatric social work in a community hospital: High touch, low tech work in a high tech, low touch environment - Sarah Maus 20. Hospice services: The dilemmas of technology at the end of life – Michelle K. Brooks Section 2 – GROUP, PROGRAM AND/OR ADVOCACY WORK 21. We Are Not Alone: A support group for loss after diagnosis of fetal anomaly – Judith L.M. McCoyd 22. Group Centered Care: Spina Bifida and Physical Activity – Kim Lyons Garver 23. Group Interventions for Adults with HIV/AIDS: Meeting the Needs of Latino patients Living with HIV/AIDS at a Comprehensive Care Center – Vanessa Norris 24. Woman to woman: A hospital-based support program for women with gynecologic cancer and their families – Arden Moulton 25. The Child and Parent Team Approach: A Philadelphia interdepartmental collaborative to provide community-based services to at-risk mothers and newborns – Nick Claxton, Bozena Lamparska & Kate Maus 26. The Young Women’s Program: A Health and Wellness Model to Empower Adolescents with Physical Disabilities in a Hospital Based Setting - Nancy Xenakis 27. The Social Worker on the Genetic Counseling Team: A New Role in Social Work Oncology - Susan Scarvalone, Julianne S. Oktay, Jessica Scott & Kathy Helzlsouer 28. Camp Achieve: A week-long overnight camp for teens and pre-teens with epilepsy – Emily Beil Duffy & Sue Livingston 29. YOUR Blessed Health: A Faith-Based, Community-Based Participatory Research Project to Reduce the Incidence of HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections – Kevin J. Robinson, Bettina Campbell, TaMara Campbell 30. Amethyst: Integrating tobacco dependence services with long-term alcohol and other drug addiction treatment for homeless and low-income women – Gretchen Clark Hammond, Barbra Teater & Shauna Acquavita 31. Advocacy and Compensation Programs for Radiation Exposure Claimants – Susan E. Dawson & Gary E. Madsen 32. Fighting cancer in India: Implementing cancer control strategies at a country level – Navami Naik

About the Authors

Toba Schwaber Kerson,D.S.W, Ph.D., is Mary Hale Chase Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Judith L. M. McCoyd, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
MEDICAL / Caregiving