Publisher description for Social work with children and their families : pragmatic foundations / Christopher G. Petr.


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In this text, Christopher G. Petr focuses on the practical foundational knowledge required to practice social work with children and their families in today's rapidly changing world. The core of the book consists of eight pragmatic perspectives: combating adultcentrism; family-centered
practice; the strengths perspective; respect for diversity and difference; the least restrictive alternative; the ecological perspective; organization and financing; and achieving outcomes. Unlike most texts which focus on either direct practice or on policy, Social Work with Children and Their
Families uses these eight perspectives to integrate both current policy, including recent reform efforts, with the best practices. Each pragmatic perspective serves as a lens through which clients and their problems are viewed. Unit One describes the eight perspectives and illustrates the relevance
of each with numerous case vignettes, providing students with the opportunity to gain a deep appreciation for how social work practice is directly linked to and guided by contemporary policy initiatives and the values that underscore those initiatives. Units Two and Three are devoted specifically to
the fields of child welfare and children's mental health. In each of these units, there is an overview of the laws, policies, practices, and terminology, as well as a discussion of the importance and relevance of the eight perspectives within each setting. These lessons are bolstered by in-depth
case illustrations of how typical client situations can be addressed within the context of the eight pragmatic perspectives. Ideal for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in social work, Social Work with Children and Their Families offers students the knowledge and perspectives needed in
order to structure their practice with confidence and help their clients be successful.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Social work with children -- United States.
Family social work -- United States.