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The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice

The Life Model of Social Work Practice: Advances in Theory and Practice
Author: Alex Gitterman - Carel B. Germain
ISBN 13: 9780231139984
ISBN 10: 231139985
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2008-05-27
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 632
List Price: $80.00

The authors have extensively updated and expanded this classic text, the first to apply the ecological approach to practice. They have adopted a "life course" model of human development, which incorporates an understanding of the unique experience of each individual in a historical, societal, and cultural context. The new edition also provides practitioners with an innovative schema for assessment and intervention with respect to difficult life transitions and traumatic events, environmental pressures, and dysfunctional interpersonal processes. Practice illustrations reflect today's major social issues, including AIDS, homelessness, and violence.


Applies the ecological approach to social work practice, showing social work practitioners and students how to assess people's transactions with their environment using a life course model of human development. This new work retains the core of the original edition published in 1980, and makes use of new concepts and content based on current problems, attitudes, and populations, including AIDS and homelessness. Includes NASW and CASW social work codes of ethics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)