Many of the moments of this book
have grown from experiences the author has had or stories he used in
his lectures with students or told in his office with clients. Some of
them have grown from essays written for others, for personal or
professional reasons. They are moments on a path through the discovery
of social work, a journey of beginnings, middles, and ends.
just the right blend of humor and candor, each of these stories
contains nuggets of wisdom that you will not find in a traditional
textbook. They capture the essence and the art and soul of social work.
In a world rushed with the illusion of technique and rank empiricism, it
is the author’s hope that some of the things here might make some
moment in your thinking or feeling grow as a social worker. If they
provoke a smile, or a tear, or a critical question, it’s worth it.
Everyone makes a different journey in a life of social work. These
stories are one social worker’s travelogue along the way.
Ogden W. Rogers, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, is Professor and Chair of the
Department of Social Work at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
He has been a clinician, consultant, educator, and storyteller. Dr.
Rogers began his social work career in community and adult psychiatry in
both inpatient and outpatient settings. He s worked in emergency and
critical-care medicine, disaster mental health, and mental health
program delivery and evaluation in both public and private auspices. In
more recent years, he s been actively involved with the American Red
Cross International Services Division concerning human rights in armed
conflict. When asked about how he got involved with making a career in
social work, he smiled and said, "That reminds me of a story...."
Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.
This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
The relational emphasis on the subjective experience of both client and therapist is beautifully illustrated throughout this book as the authors draw from their clinical work with clients from diverse backgrounds, including gay and lesbian clients, immigrants, and clients of color. They demonstrate how relational principles and techniques can be applied to multiple problems in social work practice for example, life crises and transitions, physical and sexual abuse, mental disorders, drug addiction, and the loss of a loved one. The authors also discuss the integration of relational constructs in short-term treatment and with families and groups.
This volume opens with a historical perspective on the role of relational thinking in social work and the evolution of relational theory. It presents an overview of the key concepts in relational theory and its application throughout the treatment process with diverse clients and in different practice modalities. The book concludes with a discussion of the challenges in learning and teaching new theoretical and practice paradigms, particularly in creating a more mutual exchange in the classroom and during supervision.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.