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What is the EcoScan?
The EcoScan orients and accustoms you to thinking about individuals and systems as interdependent, and to provide you with a three dimensional lens or “triangle” for understanding your client.
The resources in this guide will assist you in gathering data and context for your general impressions about your client's environment.
Getting to Know Your Topic
Need background or contextual information for a social work practice topic? Try these resources for direct, easy-to-read chunks of information.
Encyclopedia of Social Work Online Database
Contains 400 articles which represent a thoroughly updated and expanded look at the entire field of social work. It covers all aspects of social work from practice/interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges to social policy and history.
Social Work Reference Center
This tool is designed for clinical professionals dedicated to improving patient quality of life. All evidence is rigorously evaluated and topics are updated as evidence changes. This resource includes care sheets, patient information, and images usable in all clinical settings - including hospitals, elder-care centers, and mental healthcare facilities.
Helps define your topic and then use the links on topic pages to discover more in-depth information in books and journals, find thousands of art images and connect your ideas using concept mapping.
Points of View Reference Center
Contains articles, reports and more that provide different viewpoints on controversial topics.