Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work

1st Edition

Dawn Belkin Martinez, Ann Fleck-Henderson

Routledge
Published March 4, 2014
Reference - 218 Pages
ISBN 9780415698962 - CAT# Y132760

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Summary

Social work theory and ethics places social justice at its core and recognises that many clients from oppressed and marginalized communities frequently suffer greater forms and degrees of physical and mental illness. However, social justice work has all too often been conceptualized as a macro intervention, separate and distinct from clinical practice.

This practical text is designed to help social workers intervene around the impact of socio-political factors with their clients and integrate social justice into their clinical work. Based on past radical traditions, it introduces and applies a liberation health framework which merges clinical and macro work into a singular, unified way of working with individuals, families, and communities. Opening with a chapter on the theory and historical roots of liberation social work practice, each subsequent chapter goes on to look at a particular population group or individual case study, including:

  • LGBT communities
  • Mental health illness
  • Violence
  • Addiction
  • Working with ethnic minorities
  • Health

Written by a team of experienced lecturers and practitioners, Social Justice in Clinical Practice provides a clear, focussed, practice-oriented model of clinical social work for both social work practitioners and students.

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