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Clinical Social Work PracticeA Cognitive-Integrative Perspective$
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Sharon B. Berlin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195110371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195110371.001.0001

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Changing Environmental Events and Conditions

Changing Environmental Events and Conditions

(p.279) 9 Changing Environmental Events and Conditions
Clinical Social Work Practice

Sharon B. Berlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts by reviewing and elaborating the contributions of environmental circumstances to personal meanings. It then gives major attention to approaches that can be used to alter the nature of environmental sources of information. In particular, it focuses on methods for acquiring concrete resources, removing service barriers, and increasing clients' participation in the planning and delivery of services. Special emphasis is given to work with people who are the most vulnerable to psychosocial problems because of the complex nature of life in poverty-ridden, inner-city neighborhoods. Case examples and practical guidelines are offered to assist in the undertaking of this complicated person-environment work. For example, advice is given on how to avoid falling into common defensive patterns of stereotyping, blaming the client, focusing too narrowly on the dangers and deprivations in their clients' lives, or rushing into rescue clients from themselves and their deteriorating communities.

Keywords:   environmental sources, environmental information, acquiring resources, improving services, service delivery, person-environment work, stereotyping, blaming clients, risks, rescuing

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