A Socio-Behavioral Model of Clinical Social Work Practice
Larry W. Whorley, DSW, LCSW

The socio-behavioral model of clinical social work practice is based upon an integration of social learning, social role, social resources, and ecological theories. Social behavior is defined as an exchange of interpersonal resources balanced against a denial or withdrawal of resources (barriers). The model’s intervention strategy involves (1) enhancement of the client’s personal, social, and natural resources as well as social connectedness and (2) reduction of recovery barriers (personal, social, and natural barriers as well as social isolation). The clinician and client are seen as social change agents who implement this intervention strategy at micro-, meso-, and macro- system levels. Also, the social change agent role promotes client empowerment and contributes to strengthening of the social fabric. In addition, social workers historically have been divided regarding their focus upon either individual/family or community organization/social action intervention. The socio-behavioral model serves as a bridge between these two service orientations. Also, the social worker’s role in encouraging client self-advocacy, community engagement, and linkage with social resources strengthens a distinctive professional role within the mental health field.

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