Relationship-based Social Work: Discovering the Heart of Practice

Relationship-based Social Work: Discovering the Heart of Practice


Edited by Gillian Ruch, Edited by Danielle Turney, Edited by Adrian Ward

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  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849050031
  • ISBN 13: 9781849050036
  • Sales rank: 220,132

Product description

Relationship-based practice is founded on the idea that human relationships are of paramount importance and should be at the heart of all good social work practice. This book provides a thorough guide to relationship-based practice in social work, integrating the ideas behind it using illustrative case studies and offering a model for practice. Case examples cover the different service user groups, such as older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health difficulties, illustrate how relationship-based practice works in reality and explore the ranges of emotions that practitioners may encounter. The book outlines key skills such as how to establish rapport with the client and using empathy to build a relationship. It also explores incorporating service user perspectives, appropriate support systems and effective leadership into relationship focused work. This book will be an invaluable textbook for undergraduate and post-graduate social work students, practitioners on post-qualifying courses and all social work and allied professionals.

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Author information

Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Programmes in the Division of Social Work Studies at the University of Southampton. Danielle Turney is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Director of the Post-Qualifying Specialist Award in Social Work with Children and Young People at the University of Bristol. Adrian Ward is Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock Centre and is a former senior lecturer at the Universities of Reading and East Anglia.

Table of contents

Introduction. Adrian Ward, The Tavistock Centre, UK, Gillian Ruch, University of Southampton, UK, and Danielle Turney, University of Bristol, UK.; Section 1. Setting Out the Terrain: Historical Trends, Conceptual Models and Frameworks.; 1. The Contemporary Context of Relationship-Based Practice. Gillian Ruch.; 2. Theoretical Frameworks Informing Relationship-Based Practice. Gillian Ruch.; 3. Use of Self in Relationship-Based Practice. Adrian Ward.; Section 2. Working with the Relationship in Practice.; 4. Only Connect...Building Relationships with Hard to Reach People: Establishing Rapport with Drug Misusing Parents and Their Children. Brynna Kroll, ARTEC Enterprises Ltd, UK.; 5. Brief Encounters: Working in Complex, Short-Term Relationships. Ravi Kohli, University of Bedfordshire, UK.; 6. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings I: Anger, aggression and hostility. Martin Smith, Buckinghamshire Social Services, UK.; 7. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings II: Hopelessness, despair and depression. Clare Parkinson, University of East London, UK.; 8. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings III: Love and positive feelings. Danielle Turney.; 9. Long-Term Complex Relationships. Linnet McMahon.; 10. Working with Endings in Relationship-Based Practice. Robin Solomon, The Tavistock Centre, UK.; Section 3. Sustaining, Supporting and Developing Relationship-Based Practice in a Reflective Context.; 11. The Learning Relationship: Learning and Development for Relationship-Based Practice. Adrian Ward.; 12. Service User Perspectives on Relationships. Mark Doel, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.; 13. Relating and Relationships in Supervision - Supportive and Companionable or Dominant and Submissive? John Simmonds, British Association for Adoption and Fostering, UK.; 14. What Future? Organisational Forms, Relationship-Based Social Work Practice and the Changing World Order. Andrew Cooper, The Tavistock Centre, UK.; 15. Conclusion. Danielle Turney, Adrian Ward and Gillian Ruch.