Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice: by Terry Wolfer Ph.D., Lori Franklin, Karen Gray

By Terry Wolfer Ph.D., Lori Franklin, Karen Gray

Those fifteen instances occur in baby welfare, psychological well-being, sanatorium, hospice, household violence, refugee resettlement, veterans' management, and college settings and replicate person, relations, workforce, and supervised social paintings perform. They confront universal moral and remedy matters and lift concerns concerning perform interventions, courses, rules, and legislation. instances characterize open-ended events, encouraging scholars to use wisdom from around the social paintings curriculum to boost problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities.

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Gray and Julie Sprinkle EIGHT Flying Flags in Alabama Noël Busch-Armendariz, Dawnovise N. Fowler, and Terry A. Wolfer NINE Private, Dismissed Michelle Hovis and Lori D. Franklin TEN Wandering Lori D. Franklin and Danielle R. Snyder ELEVEN A Matter of Life and Death? Susy Villegas, Karen A. Gray, and Mónica M. Alzate TWELVE Exposed David Pooler and Terry A. Wolfer THIRTEEN Nowhere to Skate Laura B. Poindexter and Terry A. Wolfer FOURTEEN Driven to Drink Terry A. Wolfer FIFTEEN “Don’t Tell Her” Sean Siberio and Terry A.

Texas faculty members Noël Busch-Armendariz and Dawnovise Fowler were a part of the Oklahoma workshop and have contributed a case. Noël later invited us to Texas for an additional case-writing workshop in 2011. In these and other ways, the Universities of South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas have supported this case-writing project. The cases in this collection are based on field research with professional social workers. Although these workers must remain anonymous, we are deeply grateful for their time and effort in giving interviews and reviewing case drafts and for their openness with us throughout the writing process.

Indeed, if you must discuss these cases or write a case analysis for a social work course, they require you to analyze the situation carefully and draw your own conclusion about what needs to be done. Your classmates and instructor may offer critique and feedback about how well your ideas might actually work in practice. This learning process may be quite different from what you are accustomed to in the classroom. Some students find it challenging, uncomfortable, and even distressing, but it closely approximates the kind of thinking and deciding that will be required of you in professional social work practice and for which you no doubt wish to be well prepared.

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