Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to

  • understand the core relationship-building values that guide us in the engagement phase when working with individuals/families and small groups;
  • build collaborative helping relationships that emphasize a strengths-based orientation, value diversity, and utilize an empowerment approach;
  • identify skills to promote the likelihood that individuals, families, and small groups who could benefit from services seek the services they need and follow through with change efforts; and
  • understand the Stages of Change Framework and identify the skills needed to implement this framework in social work practice to support readiness of individuals/ families and small groups in engaging in the change processes.
The Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (CSWE-EPAS) Competencies that are highlighted in more depth in this chapter include the following:
2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice.
2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice.
2.1.10 (a–d) Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families,
groups, organizations, and communities.