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Macmillan Higher Education

A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory

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Pages: 240
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Paperback - 9780230233126

15 June 2009

$39.99

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Ebook - 9780230365230

29 May 2009

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This textbook offers the perfect introduction to the complex world of social work theory, giving a concise yet comprehensive overview of how practice is influenced by each theoretical approach described. The book begins by...

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This textbook offers the perfect introduction to the complex world of social work theory, giving a concise yet comprehensive overview of how practice is influenced by each theoretical approach described. The book begins by outlining the origins and historical context of social work, which allows the reader to see show how theoretical fashions have changed and adapted to certain times, and concludes with advice on the best way forward for the modern-day social worker. Packed with thought-provoking discussions surrounding the topic, students will be encouraged to question the theories portrayed – a skill crucial to being a truly effective social work practitioner.

Written by one social work's most highly regarded commentators, the book's accessible and easy-to-read writing style makes it a must-have companion for students and practitioners looking to gain an overall view of social work theory. 

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  • Organised into short, clearly labelled chapters that give compact but invaluable coverage of a variety of social work theories
  • References to key figures in the history of social work, helping to put theory into context
  • A bibliography, offering a wide range of further reading suggestions

Social Work Theory
Origins
Casework and Social Reform
Cause and Function
Psychoanalytic Theory
Attachment Theory
Behavioural Therapies
Cognitive Therapies
Cognitive-Behavioural Social Work
Task-centred work
Be Responsible, Think Positive
Solution-focused Approaches
The Strengths Perspective
Systemic and Ecological Approaches
Radical Social Work
Critical Social Work
Feminist Social Work
Anti-oppressive Practices and Empowerment
Relationship-based Social Work
Person-centred Approaches
Reflection and Reflexivity
Wellbeing
Brains for Social Workers
Critical Best Practice
The Best in Theory
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DAVID HOWE OBE is Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He was founding editor of the Blackwell Science Journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is author of many books, including: Attachment Theory for Social Work Practice; Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support; Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention; and The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker.

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DAVID HOWE OBE is Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He was founding editor of the Blackwell Science Journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is author of many books, including: Attachment Theory for Social Work Practice; Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support; Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention; and The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker.

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