Solution-Focused Case Management

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Solution-Focused Case Management

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Author: Robert G. Blundo PhD, LCSW, Joel Simon MSW, ACSW, BCD

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"Blundo and Simon have successfully outlined how a solution-focused perspective can be a powerful tool for case managers. Their understanding and presentation are based upon practice scenarios that are real and applied....They clearly demonstrate the impact of 'thinking and language' and the importance of building a collaborative relationship with clients. Their work challenges the traditional theory-driven interventions that focus on problems and arrive at a diagnosis. They encourage a 'shift' to a coconstructive partnership that requires a practitioner to respect that clients are 'experts of their own lives'Ö.They provide a clear step-wise discussion of techniques and strategies that can be employed working with individuals and families in case management settings. This book is a must read."

óLawrence T. Force, PhD, LCSW-R Professor of Psychology, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY From the Foreword

Solution-focused practice is a paradigm that stresses client abilities, strengths, and individual goals rather than disability. Written by a team of educatorñpractitioners noted for their expertise in solution-focused therapy, this "how-to" text for social work, counseling, and psychology students guides current and future case managers in learning this strengths-based, collaborative approach to case management. It discusses both the philosophical basis for solution-focused casework and demonstrates how it is ideally suited for the case management process. The book is based on teaching materials the authors have developed and used in their classes and workshops with undergraduate and graduate students and professionals.

The text incorporates new research and theoretical developments in solution-focused therapy as well as actual practice scenarios demonstrating the process of building a collaborative relationship with individual clients and families. Replete with strategies and tools for practicing solution-focused case management, the text describes such essential skills as identifying goals, monitoring progress, working with other agencies, and transitioning out of treatment. It discusses issues related to ethical practice and presents strategies for self-care. Additionally, the book addresses diversity and social justice and their relationships to solution-focused practice. Student exercises help to reinforce knowledge. The text will assist case managers in a variety of settingsóhospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, community-based mental health agencies, schools, prisons, court systems, and shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violenceóto partner with their clients toward finding strengths-based and solution-focused approaches to resolving issues in a positive way.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Authored by noted experts in solution-focused education and practice
  • Facilitates a reframing of casework and case management around client strengths and resources
  • Provides specific case examples that allow readers to troubleshoot and apply solution-focused principles to practice
  • Includes student exercises throughout the book

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 06, 2015
  • Page Count 228
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171856

About The Author(s) 

Robert G. Blundo, PhD, LCSW, is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Blundo has 32 years of practice experience and 26 years of teaching experience. He has taught graduate and undergraduate social work since 1988. He initiated the Strengths Collaborative and the Solution-Focused Practice, Training, and Research Group in the School of Social Work, which has transformed the entire practice sequence into a solution-focused curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches solution-focused practice courses focused on individuals, families, groups, and communities, including solution-focused clinical work with individuals, families, and groups, and the areas of casework, case management, school social work, child protective services, suicide, mandated clients, and addictions. He is the author of numerous articles, publications, and workshops at local, state, and national conferences.

Joel Simon, MSW, ACSW, BCD, is in private practice and provides solution-focused training, supervision, and consultation through the Center for Solution-Focused Training. His professional career has spanned over 36 years as a therapist and supervisor in varied settings including adolescent day treatment, psychiatric inpatient, hospice care, and community mental health. He has been a solution-focused practitioner, trainer, and consultant since 1992. He is a founding member of the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and is a frequent presenter at conferences. Mr. Simon is the author of several articles on solution focus, including two with Insoo Kim Berg. He coauthored with Insoo Kim Berg a chapter in the four-volume Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy entitled “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy With Adolescents.” He is first author of Solution-Focused Brief Practice With Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services: “I Am More Than My Label” and author of Solution-Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling. More information about Mr. Simon and solution focus can be found at his website (www.0to10.net).

Table of Contents 

Contents

Foreword by Lawrence T. Force, PhD, LCSW-R

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. SOLUTION-FOCUSED CASE MANAGEMENT: DEFINITIONS AND MEANINGS

Shifting Into New Ideas

Conclusion

2. CHALLENGING OUR ASSUMPTIONS

Convergent Development of Seminal Concepts Inherent in Solution-Focused Practice

Solution-Focused Assumptions

Conclusion

3. SOLUTION-BUILDING IN CASE MANAGEMENT

Exercise: Differences Between Solution-Building and Problem-Solving Processes

The Problems With Problem Talk

Conversation as the Tool for Change

Learning to Listen

Steps to Developing a Useful Conversation: An Overview

The National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Social Justice

4. SOLUTION FOCUS: ITS HISTORY AND PRACTICE

A Brief History of Solution-Focused Practice

How Clients and Case Managers Make Meaning Together: Wittgenstein and Language Games

What Happens After Clients and Case Managers Say “Hello”: Forming Solution-Focused Collaborative Partnerships

Listening to Clients

An Introduction to Solution-Focused Skills and Processes

Making a Difference

An Introduction to the Solution-Focused Intervention Tools

The Second Session and Beyond: E.A.R.S.

Exercise: Trying Out the Ideas

5. EXPANDING ON COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND GOAL FORMATION

Cocreating Useful Conversations With Clients

Remember the Solution-Focused Values When Working With Clients

Every Client Is a Customer for Something

Solution-Focused Assumptions

Coconstructing Useful Goals With Clients

6. SOLUTION-FOCUSED PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT

Solution-Focused Brief Practice Begins With the Details of Clients’ Stated Goals

Assessments as Interventions

Strengths-Based Assessments

Useful Solution-Building Planning Questions

7. WORKING WITH CLIENTS AND OTHER AGENCIES

Further Thoughts About Problem Talk

Forming Partnerships With Clients and Agencies

Client–Case Manager Collaboration

Engaging Other Agencies in Solution Building

8. KEEPING IT BRIEF: MONITORING PROGRESS, OUTCOMES, AND TRANSITIONS OUT OF SERVICE

Scaling Progress

Is the Relationship Working for the Client? Monitoring Progress Toward the Goal

Transitioning to a Different Level of Service

9. STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR CASE MANAGERS

Evidence-Based Practice Versus Practice-Based Evidence

A Review of What Works: An Important Reminder

Outcomes Management

Diversity, Social Justice, and Solution-Focused Brief Practice

Case Managers Need to Take Care of Themselves

Moral and Ethical Issues

10. A REVIEW OF THE MAIN SOLUTION-FOCUSED CONCEPTS

Social Constructionism

The Three Rules of Solution-Focused Practice

Not-Knowing Stance

Solution-Focused Assumptions

Goals

Customership

The Seven Solution-Building Tools

Second Session and Beyond

Final Words

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

References

Index