The Task-Centered System

The Task-Centered System

The Task-Centered System

The Task-Centered System

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The task-centered approach is a system of social work practice designed to help people with problems of living. Clients are helped to solve problems through their own actions, or tasks, which they select, plan, and carry out with the assistance of the social worker. The service offered is short-term, structured, and empirically based.

The foundations of this practice system were set forth in an earlier volume, Task-Centered Casework, published in 1972. Since that time a great deal of effort has been devoted to improving the system. The theoretical base of the approach has been considerably expanded. New intervention strategies and procedures have been designed and subsequently tested through a controlled experiment. Methods of recording and utilizing case information and of training practitioners have been devised.

This book incorporates these developments and presents a generally revised formulation of the task-centered practice system. I hope that the volume, like its predecessor, will be used by students and practitioners who are interested in applying the task-centered approach to their work. In addition, the book may be of value to other readers: those interested in theories of psychosocial problems and problem solving; or in clinical studies of treatment processes and outcomes; those in search of a general framework for adapting research-based methods to social work practice; and those who may derive some ideas and stimulation from a book that deals, in one way or another, with most aspects of clinical social work.

The use of "we" rather than "I" throughout much of the book . . .

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