Social WorkAn Introduction to Contemporary Practice
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Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice has quickly established itself as a leading and uniquely comprehensive introduction to the field. Essential knowledge and skills are examined with authority and depth, and key debates approached in an accessible, informative and engaging way. Underpinned by research and advice to make close illustrative links with practice, it stimulates interest and actively engages the reader.
Richly supported throughout with examples and real-life case scenarios, the text encourages the reader to adopt a critical and reflective approach. Furthermore, believing that social work exists to help people through complex and painful transitions in life, the authors set the relationship at the heart of social work practice.
This text is essential reading for social work students on undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, newly qualified social workers and practitioners in a variety of settings
Contributors to this book
Chapter 1 - Relationship-based and Reflective Approaches for Contemporary Social Work Practice
Chapter 2 - Modern Social Work in Context: Policy, Politics and Organisations
Chapter 3 Contemporary Challenges : social work in the twenty-first century
Part One: Understanding social work
Chapter 4 - The Development of Social Work: Key Themes and Critical Debates
Chapter 5 - The values and politics of social work practice
Chapter 6 - Social Work Knowledge and Practice
Chapter 7 - Human Development through the Lifespan
Chapter 8 - Law and Social Work
Chapter 9 - Understanding and using research in social work practice
Part Two: Practice skills and practice theories
Chapter 10 - Assessment in Social Work Practice
Chapter 11 - Communication Skills
Chapter 12 - Planning and Intervening
Chapter 13 - Inter-professional Working
Chapter 14 User Involvement
Chapter 15 - Informal family carers
Part Three: Social work in relationship-based practice with user groups
Chapter 16 Social Work with children and families
Chapter 17 Social Work with Adults: policy and practice
Chapter 18 Social Work With Young Offenders
Chapter 19 Social Work with Disabled Children and Adults
Chapter 20 Social Work with adults with mental health problems
Chapter 21 - Social Work and Drug Use
Chapter 22 Social Work with Vulnerable Older People
- Covers the five compulsory elements to degree-level qualification
human growth and development;
- assessment, planning, intervention and review;
- law for social workers;
- communicating with people;
- inter-professional working
- A range of in-text features including reflective questions, summaries, case studies with questions, closer look boxes, professional tips, further reading and websites, and practical activities encourage reflection, engagement and extension
- Chapters are directly linked to National Occupational Standards, to ensure students are learning from the most trusted source
- National variations in social work processes and laws are integrated within the text to ensure students are kept up to date with legal issues
- Companion website containing chapter-by-chapter links to further interactive, multimedia resources to encourage self-study.
Kate Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Nottingham.
Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.
Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.
Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic, London.
Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.
"This is a book that every social work student, as well as more experienced practitioners, should read and keep dipping into. As always, managers will also benefit, not least in order to remember where they came from."
- Professional Social Work
"This large book (760 pages) covers all aspects of social work and is an ideal tool for students and learning assessors alike I would suggest that the book would be a useful tool for any social work professional to pick up and use to gather specific information as it is user friendly and covers all aspects of modern social work."
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