5th Edition

Social Work in Health Settings Practice in Context

    512 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fully revised and expanded fifth edition of Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context maintains its use of the Practice-in-Context (PiC) decision-making framework to explore a wide range of social work services in healthcare settings. The PiC is updated in this edition to attend to social determinants of health and structural conditions. The PiC framework is applied in over 30 case chapters to reflect varied health and social care settings with multiple populations.

    Fully updated to reflect the landscape of healthcare provision in the US since the Affordable Care Act was reaffirmed in 2020, the cases are grounded by "primer" chapters to illustrate the necessary decisional and foundational skills for best practices in social work in health settings. The cases cover micro through macro level work with individuals, families, groups, and communities across the life course. The PiC framework helps maintain focus on each of the practice decisions a social worker must make when working with a variety of clients (including military veterans, refugees, LGBTQ+ clients).

    The ideal textbook for social work in healthcare and clinical social work classes, this thought-provoking volume thoroughly integrates social work theory and practice and provides an excellent opportunity for understanding particular techniques and interventions.

    Toba Schwaber Kerson

    Chapter One – Practice-in-Context (PiC): The Framework
    Judith L.M. McCoyd, Jessica Euna Lee, and Toba Schwaber Kerson

    Part One - Individual and Family Work in Health Settings

    Chapter Two – Primer on micro practice in social work in health care: Context, skills, interventions, and best practices
    Judith L. M. McCoyd, Jessica Euna Lee, and Toba Schwaber Kerson

    Section 1.1 - Perinatal health settings

    Chapter Three – Navigating the unexpected: When maternal trauma and birth intersect
    Dasi Schlup

    Chapter Four – Ethical considerations in fetal surgery: Social workers’ role determining maternal-fetal surgery eligibility given an addiction history
    Jessica Hertzog, Elizabeth D. Morris, and Heather K. Ousley

    Section 1.2 – Children and Youth

    Chapter Five – Amelia’s big changes embodied: Cyclic vomiting syndrome or somatization
    Sophia Baptista

    Chapter Six – Pediatric rare conditions: Working with families through diagnosis and living with illness
    Maya H. Doyle

    Chapter Seven – Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND): Interprofessional work supporting rural and urban children with neuro-developmental disabilities
    Stephan Viehweg and Margo Ramaker

    Chapter Eight – Sam's "hatching" process: Care management for a child with gender dysphoria
    Russell Healy

    Section 1.3 - Emerging Adults

    Chapter Nine – Carter’s struggles with an eating disorder and suicidality: Navigating eating disorder treatment spaces as a queer, mixed-race adolescent
    Erin Harrop

    Chapter Ten – Assistive technology and developmental disability: Helping Gina find her voice
    Bonnie F. Wilkenfeld

    Chapter Eleven – Enhancing the psychosocial and sexual well-being of gender-diverse young adults within a multidisciplinary clinic
    Richard A. Brandon-Friedman & Marissa "MJ" Heinz

    Section 1.4 - Adults

    Chapter Twelve – Working with undocumented immigrants: Creative problem-solving when serious illness intersects with no insurance
    Patricia A. Findley

    Chapter Thirteen – When oncology and psychosocial issues clash: A social worker’s role in a complex case with multiple barriers to care
    Lorraine Y. Howard and April Pichon

    Chapter Fourteen – Social work practice adapts to liver transplant population shifts
    Regina Miller and Senayish Addis

    Chapter Fifteen – A functional medicine approach for complex war related illnesses: Interprofessional teams creating benefits for personalized veteran care
    Kathleen Ray, Lisa C. Pickett, Lindsey Capozzi, and Kaetlynn Ayala

    Chapter Sixteen – Smoking cessation as a social justice issue: Robert’s struggles to stop smoking
    Lee Ruszczyk and Judith L.M. McCoyd

    Section 1.5 - Older adulthood

    Chapter Seventeen – Competing interests: Upholding social work ethics in the for-profit dialysis setting
    Melissa Bogursky

    Chapter Eighteen – Working with Junior: A study of collaboration, boundaries, and use of self
    Reneé C. Cunningham

    Chapter Nineteen – Social work in long-term care and rehabilitation settings for older adults
    Victoria Greenough

    Chapter Twenty – Joan’s hold on independence: A case of safety and self-determination
    Lauren Snedeker

    Chapter Twenty-one – Should Grandma be living by herself? The challenges of older adults with mild cognitive impairment in rural communities
    Susan Glassburn and Lisa Ernst

    Chapter Twenty-two – A good death: Accessing care at the end of life–cultural, clinical, and institutional considerations
    Elizabeth Grace Wolf and Noni-Ife Taylor

    Part Two - Program, Policy, and Public Health Social Work

    Chapter Twenty-three – Primer on macro practice in social work in health care: Public health social work
    Jessica Euna Lee, Judith L.M. McCoyd, and Toba Schwaber Kerson

    Section 2.1 - Spanning boundaries across micro to macro practice

    Chapter Twenty-four – Supervision: A micro through macro form of practice in health care
    Nan Hunt and Judith L.M. McCoyd

    Chapter Twenty-five – The role of school in healthcare intervention: The benefit of daily monitoring, teamwork, and data collection
    Laura Boyd

    Section 2.2 - Programmatic responses to public health needs

    Chapter Twenty-six – Prenatal social support for underserved women in an inner-city community
    Laudy Burgos and Rosa Guillen Gonzalez

    Chapter Twenty-seven – Social work support for medical students: The creation of a Wellness Advisory Program
    Bambi Fisher, Jocelyn Childs, and Greta Rosen

    Section 2.3 - Policy responses to public health needs

    Chapter Twenty-eight – Contact tracing: public health in unprecedented times
    Parnika Celly

    Chapter Twenty-nine – Dentistry & HIV positive patients: Indiana University School of Dentistry, social work team Shelby Funk and Fatimah Sow

    Chapter Thirty – Community-based health interventions and peer support for Bhutanese refugees
    Sudarshan Pyakurel, Jessica Euna Lee, and Parangkush Subedi

    Section 2.4 - Summary

    Chapter Thirty-one – Conclusion
    Judith L. M. McCoyd, Jessica Euna Lee, and Toba Schwaber Kerson


    Judith L.M. McCoyd, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, having served as a health social worker in perinatal, oncology, and emergency room settings in the 1980s through the early 2000s. Her research and practice lie at the intersection of physical and mental health, loss and grief, and interprofessional collaboration.

    Jessica Euna Lee, PhD, LSW is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Social Work, having practiced as a health social worker with refugee and immigrant communities. Her research and practice focus on refugee and global health, health equity, ethics, forced migration, decolonizing practices, and community-driven interventions.

    Toba Schwaber Kerson, DSW, PhD is Mary Hale Chase Professor Emeritus in Social Sciences and Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. As a Fulbright Specialist, she has lectured and consulted about social work in public health at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and the French Social Work Training Institute in Marseille, France. In retirement, Professor Kerson continues to follow her passions for social work, public health, and civic responsibility.