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New social work case management book gives step-by-step approach to case management

Posted May 25, 2017
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Holosko book
Social Work Case Management

Social work case management is a high growth occupation. Case management, which requires determining the social and/or health care needs of a client and facilitating service use in a community of care, is often part of other social work duties as well as a position in its own right.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of social work case managers in the health care sector are expected to increase 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, a much faster rate than the average for most professions. The strongest growth areas include general health care, mental health, addictions and gerontology. Yet most new graduates holding bachelor’s or master’s degrees in social work are inadequately prepared by their coursework to practice case management.

“Case management looms large on our professional horizon,” said Michael J. Holosko, the Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. “But colleges aren’t teaching how to use a proven social work model when doing case management. Ninety-five percent of social work graduates must learn how on the job.”

To fill the void, Holosko wrote and edited “Social Work Case Management: Case Studies from the Frontlines,” (Sage Publications, 2017) with input from 42 contributors.

“It is the first textbook about case management written by social workers, for social workers,” said Holosko.

Contributors to the book—many from the UGA School of Social Work—provide compelling, real-life examples of how they employ a step-by-step approach to case management known as the task-centered case management model (TCCM).

“The TCCM is one of the more practical and empirically field-tested social work models, and has been used effectively across many different practice settings,” said Holosko.

Twenty-two case examples in the book give some sense of the method’s adaptability to a great variety of environments, including a military veteran’s hospital in Atlanta, a community health center in Kentucky, an in-home health care agency in Canada and a youth counseling service in Hong Kong, to name a few. The book also covers the history, context, licensure and current realities of case management, and includes a glossary.

“This book equips students with valuable, practice-relevant information,” said Holosko. “With this knowledge, they’ll be better prepared to be case managers.”

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