Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations

A Relational Approach

  • Judith B. Rosenberger

Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Foundations of Relational Diversity Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Judith B. Rosenberger
      Pages 3-12
    3. Neil Altman, Neil Altman
      Pages 55-66
    4. Frederick J. Streets
      Pages 67-78
  3. Racial and Ethnic Diversities

  4. Religious Diversities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. David P. Cecil, Kenneth M. Stoltzfus
      Pages 143-161
  5. Diversities of Sexual Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  6. Diversities Founded on Life-Altering Experience

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-293

About this book


Social work and relational theory have long been clinical comrades, given their shared goals and ideals. This close fit continues to be productive as client populations and their needs grow more diverse.

Clinical Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations sorts through vital matters of race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and social status--and addresses groups and issues often seen in practice but rarely encountered in print--with a profound understanding of the healing power of relational-based treatment. Case examples illustrate all stages of social work process, offering practice guidelines for working with members of diverse groups while emphasizing the uniqueness of every therapeutic dyad. The coverage recognizes the multiple relationships that comprise individuals' lives as well as the individuality that co-exists within group identity. And the contributors carefully show readers how to check themselves for biases and us-versus-them thinking, and how to develop confidence along with clinical skills. Included in this first-of-its-kind text:

·Practice technique and research support for relational therapy.
·Whiteness: Deconstruction of a practice paradox.
·Racial and ethnic diversity, including African American, Latino, Asian American, and Asian Indian clients.
·Religious diversity: evangelical Christians, Muslim, and Orthodox Jewish clients.
·Diversity of sexual identity: LGBT clients.
·Diversity of life-altering experiences: combat veterans, reentry from incarceration, homelessness.
·Plus: background chapters providing a framework for applying relational theory to social work.

Bridging the knowledge gaps between the diversity literature and the practical literature, Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations supplies clinical social work professionals, educators, and counselors with tools and concepts for effective, efficient practice.





Clinical Social Work Clinical practice with African American Clients Clinical social work with Muslim clients Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice Diversity in clinical social work Multicultural social work Racial diversity Relational Social Work Practice Relational Theory Religious diversity Social work practice with Asian Americans Social work practice with Evangelical Christian Clients Therapeutic relationship Working with diverse populations

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith B. Rosenberger
    • 1
  1. 1., Silberman School of Social WorkCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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