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Social Work Methods and Skills

The Essential Foundations of Practice

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 272
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Paperback - 9780230575172

15 January 2012

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05 December 2011

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This brilliantly systematic and comprehensive textbook provides an integrated approach to social work theory, methods and skills as the bedrock of all social work practice. Recognizing social work as a diverse activity that...

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This brilliantly systematic and comprehensive textbook provides an integrated approach to social work theory, methods and skills as the bedrock of all social work practice. Recognizing social work as a diverse activity that is rooted in common foundations, it explains how practice both shapes and is shaped by professional purpose. The text also explores the diverse range of social work practice methods available and aims to equip the reader with a foundation in the history and application of these varied approaches.

Offering a step-by-step discussion that will empower readers to critically develop and refine their professional toolkit for purposeful and innovative intervention, this original rationale is an essential resource for any social work student or practitioner looking to build, or consolidate, their understanding of the range of methods and skills available for effective professional practice.

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  • Advocates a dynamic generalist model for working with individuals, families, groups and organisations
  • Provides a rigorous account of practice methods, influenced by critical social work theory, systems theory, strengths perspectives and research evidence
  • Presents each method with unrivalled clarity and analytic coherence, using a range of exercises and reflective material to support personal engagement and understanding
  • Clearly explains how different methods can be combined and differentiated
  • Offers a robust universal framework for social work practice

PART I: THE CORE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
Social work methods in context: purposeful practice
Professional communication skills
PART II: WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS
Working with individuals to resolve life's problems
Working with mandated individuals
PART III: WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND GROUPS
Working with families
Working with groups
PART IV: COMMUNITY WORK, POLICY PRACTICE AND ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE
Community Work
Policy Practice
Conclusion: Creating a context for change

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Dr Karen Healy Research Director at The University of Queensland, Australia. She has published three books on social work practice, including the best-selling title, Social Work Theories in Context (Palgrave Macmillan).

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Dr Karen Healy Research Director at The University of Queensland, Australia. She has published three books on social work practice, including the best-selling title, Social Work Theories in Context (Palgrave Macmillan).

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