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Social Work in Health Settings

Practice in Context, 4th Edition

By Judith L.M. McCoyd, Toba Schwaber Kerson


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Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context maintains itsuse of the Practice in Context (PiC) decision-making framework to explore a wide range of social work services in health care settings. The PIC framework is used to cover a broad range of social work practice sites, settings and populations over 30 case chapters.

Fully updated to reflect the landscape of health care provision in the US since the Affordable Care Act was passed, 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 working with both individuals and groups of clients across the life course and the PiC framework helps maintain focus on each of the practice decisions a social worker must make when working with a variety of clients from military veterans to HIV positive children.

The ideal textbook for social work in health care 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.


The new edition of this classic text offers the most comprehensive and insightful analysis of social work practice in health care found in any textbook. The cases are new and discuss cutting-edge issues including transgender health, genetic testing and counseling, immigrant health, and international public health. Of particular value are the discussions of each case that identify new learning and that model reflective practice skills. Because it presents contemporary issues influencing the context for, and the process of, social work decision-making in the accessible form of case studies, Social Work in Health Settings is strongly recommended as a textbook for students as well as advanced practitioners.

Goldie Kadushin, Professor Emerita, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

The 4th edition of McCoyd and Kerson’s Social Work in Health Settings makes a strong case for its impact and utility for social workers in health care. This well-written and consistently edited book allows each contributor to speak in her own voice. The range of settings and social work roles presented expands our understanding of social work in health care while the casebook format helps the reader to see reflective social workers in action. Social work educators will also find the book useful for teaching generalist social work practice.

Julie S. Abramson, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, Albany, NY, USA

Table of Contents

1. Practice in Context: The Framework Toba Schwaber Kerson, Judith L.M. McCoyd and Jessica Euna Lee Part 1: Individual and Family Work in Health Settings 2. Primer on Micro Practice in Social Work in Health Care: Context, Skills, Interventions and Best Practices Judith L.M. McCoyd and Toba Schwaber Kerson 1.1: Maternal and Child Health Settings 3. Barriers for Mentally Ill Mother's Adoption Plan Dasi Schlup 4. Fetal Surgery Jennifer Diem Inglis, Jessica Hertzog and Heather K. Ousley 5. Getting There: Decision Making in the NICU Laurie Stewart 1.2: Children and Youth 6. Working with Families with HIV-positive Children Juli E. Birmingham, Deborah A. Calvert, Jennifer D. Greenman, John Krall and Rachel Warner 7. Social Work in a Pediatric Hospital: Managing a Medically Complex Patient Jennifer Fenstermacher 8. Assistive Technology and Developmental Disability: Helping Gina Find Her Voice Bonnie Fader Wilkenfeld 9. Genetic Testing Following a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis: A Role for Direct Practice Social Workers in Helping Families with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Allison Werner-Lin and Shana L. Merrill 10. Family Focused Care of an Adolescent with a Burn: A Multidisciplinary Approach Anne Hahn 11. The Young Women's Program: A Health and Wellness Model to Empower Adolescents with Physical Disabilities in a Hospital Based Setting Nancy Xenakis 1.3: Adults 12. The Social Worker on the Genetic Counseling Team: A New Role in Social Work Oncology Susan Scarvalone, Julianne S. Oktay, Jessica Scott and Kathy Helzlsouer 13. Woman to Woman: A Hospital-based Support Program for Women with Gynecologic Cancer and Their Families Arden Moulton 14. Liver Transplant 2015 Regina Miller and Senayih Addis 15. The Role of the Social Worker in Transgender Healthcare Russell Healy 16. Returning Veterans, Constrictive Bronchiolitis, and Veterans' Administration Services: A War Related Illness and Injury Study Center Kathleen Ray and Rachel E. Condon 17. Work with Undocumented Immigrants: When Serious Illness Intersects with No Insurance Patricia A. Findley 18. An Integrated Healthcare Approach to Promote Smoking Cessation for Persons with Serious Mental Illness Judith A. DeBonis, Lisa de Saxe Zerden and Anne C. Jones 1.4: Aging 19. In-home Support for Junior: A Study of Collaboration, Boundaries, and Use of Self Reneé C. Cunningham 20. Geriatric Social Work in a Community Hospital: High Touch, Low Tech Work in a High Tech, Low Touch Environment Sarah Maus and Toba Schwaber Kerson 21. A Framework for Working with People with Early-stage Dementia: A Relationship-focused Approach to Counseling Phyllis Braudy Harris and Kathleen "Casey" Durkin 22. The Future of End-of-life Care: As Palliative Care Gains Momentum, What is the Future of Hospice Care Michelle K. Brooks and Judith L.M. McCoyd Part 2: Social Work and Public Health 23. Public Health Social Work Primer Toba Schwaber Kerson and Jessica Euna Lee 2.1: Work with Special Health Populations 24. Social Work Practice in an Adolescent Parenting Program Traci Wike, Kathleen Rounds and Helen Dombalis 25. Screening for Perinatal Depression in an Inner City Prenatal Setting Laudy Burgos 26. Social Work in the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Setting: Fighting the New Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Children Helaine Ciporen 27. Managing Asthma from a Social Work Perspective in a Center for Children with Special Health Needs Layra Boyd and Toba Schwaber Kerson 28. Camp Achieve: A Week Long Overnight Camp for Children and Teens with Epilepsy Sue Livingston, Emily Beil Duffy, Marikate Taylor and Toba Schwaber Kerson 29. Following Her Lead: A Measured Approach to Working with Homeless Adults Annick Barker 30. Pediatric Public Health: Educating Professionals and Communities about Children's Health and Environmental Exposures Bambi Fisher 2.2: Internationally-related Public Health 31. Community-based Health and Social Services for Bhutanese Refugees Jessica Euna Lee and Parangkush Subedi 32. Research for Health Efforts in the West Bank, Palestine Cindy Sousa 2.3: Summary 33. Conclusions Judith L.M. McCoyd and Toba Schwaber Kerson

About the Authors

Judith L. M. McCoyd, Ph.D., Q.C.S.W., L.C.S.W. is Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, USA, with a focus on clinical practice, loss and grief, and interprofessional education.

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
MEDICAL / Caregiving
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Health Risk Assessment
MEDICAL / Public Health
MEDICAL / Mental Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services