Boundary Spanning

An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems

Toba Schwaber Kerson

Columbia University Press

Boundary Spanning

Pub Date: December 2001

ISBN: 9780231110365

455 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

Boundary Spanning

An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems

Toba Schwaber Kerson

Columbia University Press

An understanding of the most important laws and ethical issues that have shaped the profession is essential for the effective practice of social work. Thus this comprehensive approach to health and mental health care for social workers centers on ethical and legal issues. The book includes critical information regarding the systems and organizations in which social workers practice; the nature of the relationship between social workers and clients/consumers/communities; planning, contracting, and strategizing functions; intervention techniques using advocacy, brief work, case management, and group work; and evaluation. Armed with this knowledge, social workers have the ability to intervene as advocates as well as to evaluate their work and their clients' progress.
Dr. Kerson does a splendid job of pulling together a prodigious amount of knowledge to make social workers who practice in health and mental health settings effective... This is a most needed book and a perfect text for beginning social workers as well as for seasoned professionals. Social Work in Health Care
Drawing from business and organizational development, Kerson incorporates mapping devices meant to inform assessment, strategy, intervention, and evaluation activities. All of these facets are incorporated as foundations for a holistic ecological model of the activities of social work practitioners. Sci Tech Book News
Boundary Spanning: An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems
The Forces Shaping Social Work in Health and Mental Health Systems
Legal and Ethical Issues For Social Work Practice In Health and Mental Health Systems
The Place of the Social Worker in Health and Mental Health Systems
The Power of the Relationship between the Social Worker and the Client System
The Nature and Tools of Assessment
Social Work Interventions: Planning, Developing Goals and Objectives, Contracting, Strategizing and Using Teamwork
Social Work Practice Interventions: Advocacy, Brief Work, Case Management and the Use of Groups
The Evaluation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems

About the Author

Toba Schwaber Kerson is professor and director of the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College. Her most recent book is Social Work in Health Care Settings.