The Social Work Interview

The Social Work Interview

The Social Work Interview

The Social Work Interview

Synopsis

For twenty-five years, The Social Work Interview has been the textbook of choice in social work and other human service courses, as well as an essential professional resource for practitioners.

Excerpt

Although social work involves a great deal more than interviewing, social workers spend more time in interviewing than in any other single activity. It is the most important, most frequently employed, social work skill. This observation is most clearly true for the activity of the direct-service caseworker. But the group worker, community organizer, and social actionist also frequently participate in interviewing.

Although the interview is very much a part of social work, it does not belong to social work alone. The aim of this chapter is to delineate the way in which the social work interview is different from interviews in any other discipline. It is first necessary to define the interview and to make a distinction between it and another activity with which it is frequently confused, conversation.

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