Reproductive Decision Making

Reproductive Decision Making

Acting to Help Clients

By: Melissa M. Bell, Sherie L. Edenborn

Publication date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-87101-533-4

Social work professionals are uniquely positioned to discuss reproductive decision making (RDM) with their clients. However, social workers often find it difficult to address topics such as family planning in their practice. This book is a brief guide providing RDM tools and strategies for busy social workers who need confidence in providing RDM guidance and advocacy.

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Social work professionals are uniquely positioned to discuss reproductive decision making (RDM) with their clients. However, social workers often find it difficult to address topics such as family planning in their practice. This book is a brief guide providing RDM tools and strategies for busy social workers. Grounded in social cognitive theory and the theory of planned behavior, this book uses case examples based on real-world research and situations to connect readers with the material, emphasizing patient-centered approaches that prioritize client self-determination. By filling an important gap in available resources for practitioners, this book will improve social workers’ confidence in providing RDM guidance and advocacy.

Pages: 156
Language: English
Publisher: NASW Press
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“Bell and Edenborn provide a toolkit for the busy social worker who feels unprepared to discuss family planning with clients. Theory-driven but eminently practical, this book explains the necessary biological and historical background and, based on case examples, shares strategies for raising the issues with clients. Social workers who wish to advance reproductive justice should read this book.”
Joan C. Chrisler, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Connecticut College
Editor of Women’s Reproductive Health and author of Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern

“This book is user-friendly and an absolutely wonderful resource. It is easy to read, thorough, and encourages discussions around reproductive health issues, an enormously important issue that should be addressed regularly with social work clients. I recommend it without hesitation for all social workers.”
Scott Migdole, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Clinical Professor (Social Work) of Psychiatry
Chief Operating Officer, Yale Behavioral Health & the Yale Program on Supervision
Yale University School of Medicine

“This book not only provides a rationale for why reproductive health discussions matter and the factors that shape RDM, but offers concrete strategies and tools for social workers to approach the topic area with their clients. I especially love the case examples, which really highlight the complexity of women’s social and structural realities and the need to address reproductive goals and preferences in context.”
Sonya Borrero, MD, MS
Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine