Reshaping the Domain of Theory in Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Contemporary Practice
by William Borden (9780231147019)

Reshaping the Domain of Theory in Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Contemporary Practice
 
William Borden
Release Date: 15 October 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 304
Category: Social Work
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231147019



For social work practice to be successfully informed by theory, practitioners need to understand how to select and incorporate contemporary theories into their work. Yet if theory is marginalized in the teaching of applied skills, students are unable to benefit from essential perspectives that can bring an advantage to psychosocial interventions.William Borden's persuasive collection of original essays reasserts the place of theory within social work practice, showing how different theoretical models, therapeutic languages, and modes of intervention strengthen eclectic and integrative approaches to psychosocial intervention. Through case studies and clinical illustrations, contributors are careful to connect ideas to experience, revealing the ways in which theory can guide everyday practice. Their analysis reaffirms the core values, framing perspectives, and recurring themes that have shaped the field of social work since its inception, including a crucial focus on person and environment; humanistic conceptions of the self; the influence of life history on personal meaning, resilience, and inherent capacities for change and growth; the role of relationships and social activity in promoting health and personal well-being; and fundamental commitments to caring, notions of social justice, and the common good. At the same time, contributors identify the challenges of developing theory and practice. They emphasize the need to improve integrative models of treatment, take greater account of place and history in conceptions of intervention, and resolve fundamental tensions among the values, ethical foundations, and moral claims of the profession and the politics of theory and practice.

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