Book Review: Maguire, Lambert. (2002). Clinical Social Work: Beyond Generalist Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
In Clinical Social Work: Beyond Generalist Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families, Lambert Maguire (2002) takes the pulse of the clinical social work profession as a whole. He finds a field changing rapidly in order to try to keep pace with a culture that is “more result oriented and impatient” (p. 279). He argues that contemporary people expect change to happen quickly. People accustomed to accessing desires with the quick click of the computer mouse on the internet don’t need clinical social workers who take a long time to help them. Managed care has also impacted the way clinical social workers must practice. It is no longer enough to state that the effective clinician is part scientist, part artist. The effective clinician must now also be part business person.