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1st Edition

The Social Workers' Toolbox
Sustainable Multimethod Social Work

ISBN 9781138934344
Published February 6, 2017 by Routledge
598 Pages 107 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Social Workers' Toolbox aims to bring order to the diversity of tools which are so characteristic of social work: assessment tools, practice tools and outcome-measurement tools. The tools described in this Toolbox can be directly put into practice and adapted to the social workers’ personalized approach with their individual clients and their environments. The underlying meta-theory for Sustainable Multimethod Social Work is the ‘PIE-Empowerment Theory’. This theory defines social work practice in terms of the partnership between social worker and client and is aimed at enhancing quality of life through systematically and sustainably addressing human needs and human rights. The multimethod model promotes the flexible combination of well-written evidence- and practice-based tools.

Packed full of useful checklists, the Toolbox is ideal reading for both inexperienced and more practiced social workers. The book provides a solid basis through the use of practical examples. For the more experienced social worker it offers a substantial resource and the means to legitimize a chosen course of action and social work intervention. Schools of social work will be able to use the book as an easily accessible resource for social work assessments, interventions and quality social work management.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Neil Thompson)



Overview of the book

Part I The Social Work Approach

1 The three steps Social Work Approach

2 PIE-Empowerment Social Work Theory

3 Social Workers’ Toolbox: overview

Part II Social Work Core Method

4 Non-directive core method

Part III Three survival-focused methods

5 Body work method

6 Practical-material method

7 Trauma work method

Part IV Three affection-focused methods

8 Cathartic method

9 Expression method

10 Ritual method

Part V Three self-determination methods

11 Cognitive method

12 Narrative method

13 Behavioural method

PART VI Six systemic methods –enhancing supportive networks

14 Social network method

15 Relationship based method

16 Family work method

17 Groupwork method

18 Case management method

19 Mediation method

PART VI Four macro-methods –enhancing community resources

20 Monitoring

21 Prevention

22 Collective advocacy

23 Social work research

PART VII Capita Selecta

24 Human Needs & Human Rights as an Ethical Guide in Social Work

25 Social Work and Grief Support

26 Social Work and Unfinished Business Syndrome (UBS)

27 Job stress among social workers: the stress matrix

Appendices: Overview

Appendix 1 Social case work-report

Appendix 2 Self-test traumatic stress (STS)

Appendix 3 Trauma-reaction checklist (TCL)

Appendix 4 Quick scan Unfinished Business Syndrome (UBS)

Appendix 5 Territorial inventory checklist (TICL)

Appendix 6 Facing sudden death by Judy Tatelbaum, MSW




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From 1978, Herman J. de Mönnink has held a position as Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands; he is in private practice as a trainer in multimethod social work (MMSW) and a trauma psychologist/grief therapist. He believes that the strength of MMSW is that it effectively meets human needs and human rights of socially, economically and politically vulnerable people.

Herman graduated from the University of Groningen (1976) in Social Clinical Psychology (MSc), where he managed the practice research project ‘Psychotherapy for the Poor’. He published several articles about evidence-based social work methods, grief support and burnout-prevention. In 1996, his first book was published, titled Grief Support, including Unfinished Business Syndrome (UBS) and Therapeutic Photo Confrontation (TPC). For Victim Support Netherlands he trained social workers using TPC for victims of sudden death (by accidents, homicide, suicide, natural disasters, terrorism and aircraft disaster).

In 2004, Herman published the Dutch version of this book titled The Social Workers’ Toolbox: Multimethod Social Work. In this bestselling book he proposed a paradigm shift, working not from a one-method-fits-for-all-perspective but from a multimethod perspective. Herman trained social workers around the world about a flexible combination of 20 well-written social work methods.