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Social Work Theories in Context (2nd Edition)

Creating Frameworks for Practice

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04 April 2014

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This popular and innovative core text book explores contemporary social work theories and perspectives in a systematic way, using an integrated and flexible framework to link context, theory, and practice approaches. Healy...

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This popular and innovative core text book explores contemporary social work theories and perspectives in a systematic way, using an integrated and flexible framework to link context, theory, and practice approaches. Healy expertly provides an applied guide to social work theory across a range of organisational contexts, showing social work as a diverse activity that is profoundly shaped by professional purpose, public policy, and practice locations.

This is ideal reading to support and develop undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on Social Work Theories and Methods on qualifying professional programmes. Its international breadth and supportive pedagogical features have ensured the book's value to students of social work all over the world.

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A rigorous and accessible introduction to social work theory with excellent depth of discussion of a wide range of theories

Stands out for its contextually sensitive approach to theory, which explains the many factors which shape theory in practice and helps readers to integrate theory with practice

Represents the international literature on social work theory, allowing readers to draw on expertise from all over the globe

Includes a new theory chapter in the second edition, with a revised sequence of discussion of different theories to help understanding of the ideas and extend the book's compass

 

A greater focus on service user perspectives 

Coverage is extended to include solution focused therapy and empowerment theories as well as discussion of the evidence-based practice debate

Discussion of the use and limits of critical reflection in practice

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Preface
PART I: STARTING POINTS
1. Introduction: Social Work Theories in Context
PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF PRACTICE
2. Dominant Discourses
3. Professional Discourses
4. Alternative Discourses
PART III: THEORIES IN USE
5. Theory Use in Practice
6. Systems Theories
7. Problem-Solving Approaches
8. Strengths and Solution Focused Practice
9. Empowerment Theory
10. Critical Social Work Theory
11. Postmodernism
12. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

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Karen Healy is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, Australia. Shehas a strong background in direct social work practiceand has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of four books and numerous papers on many aspects of social work practice and policy studies. She regularly conducts lectures and workshops in Australia and in Europe, particularly in Nordic countries.

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Karen Healy is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, Australia. Shehas a strong background in direct social work practiceand has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of four books and numerous papers on many aspects of social work practice and policy studies. She regularly conducts lectures and workshops in Australia and in Europe, particularly in Nordic countries.

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