Social Work Practice and Assessment: A W/holistic Approach

By: Amanda D. Burton, Deana F. Halonen, Tuula I. Heinonen

Social Work Practice and Assessment: A W/holistic Approach
ISBN: 9781989941256 | © 2022
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Social Work Practice and Assessment: A W/holistic Approach presents a ten-component w/holistic assessment and practice model that integrates existing Western and Indigenous approaches to practice and offers a foundation on which to build our w/holistic conceptualization of assessment and practice. Whatever the setting or situation, social workers can approach practice and assessment drawing on a range of components that are part of the model and in so doing gain insights about the social, cultural, ecological, and place-based contexts that characterize the lives of those for whom they support.


Ten Components of W/holistic Practice and Assessment Wheel – is a foundational approach

         that can be applied to situations of different populations and/or fields of practice

Perspectives boxes that ask readers to consider their own viewpoints in relation to the content

Seeds of Thought chapter openers include quotations or reflections that provide food for thought

        about the chapter content to follow

Pause to Reflect boxes that highlight ideas to consider and explore

Communicating Effectively boxes that offer tips and other communication considerations

Chapter opening Learning Outcomes identify key concepts for each chapter

Case Scenarios – Specific cases examined through the lens of the components of the w/holistic

        model to explore and explain relevant issues

End of Chapter activities include short answer reflection and discussion questions

Instructor Resources including Instructor PowerPoints and a test bank.

Chapter 1: What is Social Work Assessment?

Chapter 2: Concepts and Ideas

Chapter 3: Values and Ethics

Chapter 4: Field of Practice: Aging and Older Adults

Chapter 5: Field of Practice: Groups and Communities

Chapter 6: Field of Practice: Children, Youth, and Families

Chapter 7: Field of Practice: Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Identity in the Context of Heteropatriarchy and Colonization

Chapter 8: Field of Practice: Mental Health

Chapter 9: Field of Practice: Newcomers and Settlement

Chapter 10: Evaluating to W/holistic Social Work Practice and Assessment Model

Amanda Dawne Burton, MSW, RSW is a Two-Spirit Red River Métis woman. She has a masters degree in social work and works as a private practice mental health practitioner. Her research interests include: Indigenous ways of helping and being, w/holistic assessment, and women’s wellness and spirituality.

Deana Halonen is an Anishinaabe/Metis ikwe working as a Senior Instructor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. She holds MSW, HBSW, and BA degrees from Lakehead University, a Native Child and Family Worker Diploma from Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology, and a Social Service Worker Diploma and Native Literacy Communications Certificate from Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology with interests in Indigenous ways of helping, healing, and teaching.

Dr. Tuula Heinonen, Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba holds an MSW from McGill University, a DPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy from Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Her scholarly interests include arts-based methods in teaching, research and writing as well as international social work, health and gender. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and books and continues to teach, supervise graduate students and write since her retirement from the University of Manitoba in 2018.

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