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Social Casework: A Problem-Solving Process
by Helen Harris Perlman
University of Chicago Press, 1957
Cloth: 978-0-226-66033-2

This is a basic book in social casework. Its thesis is that among all the complexities within the subject matter and operations of casework there are certain constant elements, forces, and processes which give coherence and unity to its practice. Mrs. Perlman identifies and analyzes these constants and views them within the logical framework of problem-solving. In turn, problem-solving as a casework process is examined in its likeness to normal human problem-solving efforts. The result is an approach to learning and thinking about casework which is at once organized, synthesized, and imaginative. The book's usefulness is enhanced by the author's lucid and pointed style.
Helen Harris Perlman is the Samuel Deutsch Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She serves on the board of directors of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and the Council on Social Work Education. Her other books include Persona: Social Role and Personality (1968) and Relationship: The Heart of Helping People (1979), also published by the University of Chicago Press.
    I. Problem-Solving in Social Casework
    1. The Components of the Casework Situation
    2. The Person
    3. The Problem
    4. The Place
    5. The Process
    6. The Caseworker-Client Relationship
    7. The Problem-Solving Work
    II. Casework in Cross-Section
    8. Person, Problem, Place, and Process in the Beginning Phase
    9. Content in the Beginning Phase
    10. Method in the Beginning Phase
    11. Diagnosis: The Thinking in Problem-Solving
    12. The Client's Workability and the Casework Goal
    III. Two Cases
    13. Two Cases: Mr. Grayson and Mrs. Whitman

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