A. Gitterman and C. B. Germain
Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2008
Originally published in 1980, this book was the first to introduce an ecological perspective into social work practice. The third edition expands and deepens this perspective, further developing the basic premise that, by being situated within the people/environment interface, the social work profession is distinct from other service professions. This edition examines major changes to our socioeconomic and political landscape, and addresses the impact of contemporary societal trends, including the global economy, immigration, cultural changes, and the technology revolution. In addition, it discusses current professional contexts of managed mental health care, evidence-based practice, and the professional uses of technology. A new chapter explores issues and processes embedded in assessment, practice monitoring, and practice evaluation. The volume continues to feature innovative schemes for assessment and intervention with respect to stressful life transitions and traumatic events, environmental pressures, and dysfunctional interpersonal processes. Practice illustrations offer reflections on today's major social issues, such as AIDS, homelessness, and modern forms of violence.