Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice

Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice

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By (author) Kate Wilson, By (author) Gillian Ruch, By (author) Mark Lymbery, By (author) Andrew Cooper

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  • Publisher: LONGMAN
  • Format: Paperback | 760 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 40mm | 1,460g
  • Publication date: 19 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 1408244705
  • ISBN 13: 9781408244708
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 292,880

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Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice has quickly established itself as a leading and uniquely comprehensive introduction to the field. Essential knowledge and skills are examined with authority and depth, and key debates approached in an accessible, informative and engaging way. Underpinned by research and advice to make close illustrative links with practice, it stimulates interest and actively engages the reader. Richly supported throughout with examples and real-life case scenarios, the text encourages the reader to adopt a critical and reflective approach. Furthermore, believing that social work exists to help people through complex and painful transitions in life, the authors set the relationship at the heart of social work practice. This text is essential reading for social work students on undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, newly qualified social workers and practitioners in a variety of settings

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Author information

Kate Wilson is Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Nottingham. Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton. Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham. Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic, London. Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.

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"This is a book that every social work student, as well as more experienced practitioners, should read and keep dipping into. As always, managers will also benefit, not least in order to remember where they came from." - Professional Social Work "This large book (760 pages) covers all aspects of social work and is an ideal tool for students and learning assessors alike... I would suggest that the book would be a useful tool for any social work professional to pick up and use to gather specific information as it is user friendly and covers all aspects of modern social work." - Rostrum

Table of contents

Contributors to this book Preface Guided tour Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 - Relationship-based and Reflective Approaches for Contemporary Social Work Practice Chapter 2 - Modern Social Work in Context: Policy, Politics and Organisations Chapter 3 -- Contemporary Challenges : social work in the twenty-first century Part One: Understanding social work Chapter 4 - The Development of Social Work: Key Themes and Critical Debates Chapter 5 - The values and politics of social work practice Chapter 6 - Social Work Knowledge and Practice Chapter 7 - Human Development through the Lifespan Chapter 8 - Law and Social Work Chapter 9 - Understanding and using research in social work practice Part Two: Practice skills and practice theories Chapter 10 - Assessment in Social Work Practice Chapter 11 - Communication Skills Chapter 12 - Planning and Intervening Chapter 13 - Inter-professional Working Chapter 14 -- User Involvement Chapter 15 - Informal family carers Part Three: Social work in relationship-based practice with user groups Chapter 16 -- Social Work with children and families Chapter 17 -- Social Work with Adults: policy and practice Chapter 18 -- Social Work With Young Offenders Chapter 19 -- Social Work with Disabled Children and Adults Chapter 20 -- Social Work with adults with mental health problems Chapter 21 - Social Work and Drug Use Chapter 22 -- Social Work with Vulnerable Older People Bibliography glossary Index