Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Social Work Practice

5th edition
by Veronica Coulshed and Joan Orme

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Having sold over 75,000 copies across its four editions, Social Work Practice remains a trusted text for all students and practitioners. It offers essential introductory guidance for all areas of study and provides the fundamentals for understanding skills, processes and contexts of social work.

This comprehensive text is divided into three easily navigable parts:
  • Part I guides you through the social work process, detailing each stage and offering a new chapter on reflection
  • Part II introduces key methods of intervention, encompassing a broad range of theories and approaches, including new material on strengths based approaches and solution focused practice
  • Part III identifies the variety of contexts in which social work takes place, with individuals (both children and adults), groups and communities.
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I have confidence in the author's established credibility and leadership in contributing to social work education. -Marie Joseph, Independent Academic in Social Work and Former Senior Lecturer at University of East London, UK
Endorsements of the previous edition
[A] key text for social work students and a useful resource for practitioners and lecturers. -British Journal of Social Work
The book has always been a perfect jumping off point for students. -Social Work Practice

Author Biographies

Joan-OrmeVeronica Coulshed was Head of Applied Social Studies at the University of Sunderland, UK, before her untimely death in 1992.

Joan Orme is Emeritus Professor of Social Work in the Glasgow School of Social Work (GSSW), UK, where she was founding Head of the School. She initially worked as a Probation Officer before taking up a teaching post at the University of Southampton. She has taught, among other things, social work methods. Her numerous publications include articles and texts on social work practice, community care, feminism and research methods.