Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability: Working to Support Change

Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability: Working to Support Change

Paperback Practical Social Work

By (author) Christine Bigby, By (author) Patsie Frawley

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 214mm x 14mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230521665
  • ISBN 13: 9780230521667
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 6 figures
  • Sales rank: 238,251

Product description

Read this book to gain an understanding of the knowledge, values and skills required for effective practice in the field of intellectual disability and the opportunities which this work offers for multidisciplinary collaboration for social change. Social Work Practice and Intellectual Disability identifies and discusses: a- the changing definitions of intellectual disability, also called 'learning disability' a- the theory and practice of working with people with intellectual disabilities and their families a- the core tasks of assessment, planning, monitoring and review a- the values of participation and inclusion in action Illustrated with numerous case studies, discussion points and clear explanations, this addition to the Practical Social Work Series is an indispensable resource. It is ideally suited both for the continued professional development of qualified practitioners, and for pre-qualifying students new to the area.

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Author information

CHRISTINE BIGBY is Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University, Australia. She qualified in the UK and then worked in intellectual disability services in Australia. Since 1996 she has been researching policy issues and the practice of working with people with intellectual disabilities. She is the Editor of Australian Social Work, the author of three previous books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. PATSIE FRAWLEY has a PhD from the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Australia. Patsie trained as a teacher and has worked extensively in the field of intellectual disability as a researcher, educator, policy advisor and self advocate supporter.

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'It is essential reading not only for students studying in this area, but also for the wider groups of people concerned with the well-being of those living with intellectual disabilities. It is a must for inclusion in people's libraries!'- Dr Marie Knox, Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Australia 'The book handles the historical and policy context particularly well within an approach based on social exclusion and advancing rights whilst criticising the rhetorical and loose reference to rights within government policy formulation and articulation.' Oxford Journals

Table of contents

Understanding Intellectual Disability The Social Problem of Intellectual Disability Services to Support People with Intellectual Disability Working With Individuals to Assess and Plan Support: Initial Steps Planning, Dilemma's and Decision Making Activism, Advocacy and Self Advocacy Implementing Policies for Social Inclusion References