Social Work

Social Work : An Introduction

Edited by Joyce Lishman , Edited by Chris Yuill , Edited by Jillian Brannan , Edited by Alastair Gibson

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In this book, Joyce Lishman, Chris Yuill and Jill Brannan provide an essential introduction to the core knowledge and skills necessary for students embarking on their social work degree. Spanning the entire curriculum, the text is split into four sections: part one establishes a broad knowledge base; part two considers methods of assessment; part three outlines methods of intervention; and part four examines social work practice. Chapters clearly integrate theory, policy and practice throughout and particular attention is given to addressing regional variation across the United Kingdom, offering a balanced and comprehensive understanding of social work. Packed with learning features, the book offers: - A full companion website, with teaching materials for lecturers and learning resources for students - Exercises for individual and group study to challenge readers to reflect critically - Further reading so that students can explore the issues in more depth - Glossaries with definitions of key terms - Case studies to bring the discussion to life and illustrate the dilemmas of working in practice. Social Work: An Introduction will be essential reading for all undergraduate social work students.

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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 30mm | 939.99g
  • 21 Apr 2014
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • colour line drawings, colour tables, figures
  • 1446208893
  • 9781446208892
  • 909,018

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Professor Joyce Lishman is now retired, and was previously Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. She was also General Editor of the Research Highlights in Social Work series for many years. Chris Yuill is a sociologist at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, whose work focuses on the sociology of health and the sociology of urban experiences. In addition to a variety of journal publications and research reports he has written and co-edited a number of textbooks for SAGE, one of his most recent being Sociology for Social Work co-edited with Alastair Gibson. Other texts include Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction with Anne-Marie Barry, which is now in its third edition and has also been translated into Chinese. Chris has also served two terms on the executive of the British Sociological Association. Alastair Gibson graduated with an MA in History before becoming frustrated as a hospital administrator and deciding to move into the more challenging and rewarding practice of social work. He worked in Aberdeen and Gateshead in a variety of health care social work settings and then taught at RGU. Developing his enthusiasm for inter-professional practice, he was a founder member of CAIPE and helped develop shared training for social work, health, education and police trainees. He has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Human Growth and Behaviour as well as being Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Social Work by Distance Learning before retiring in 2009. He is now an independent practice teacher.

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I have a degree in Criminology and I am currently in my first year studying Social Work. As I have previously studied at degree level, I understand the importance of a good core book that gives you a basic understanding of the significant areas in that field. For me Lishman et al has encapsulated the necessary information and identifies key aspects that I can read further into. Core theories and ideologies run throughout the book, this is supported by exercises and case studies. I personally found the case studies really useful as it is a good way of applying what you have learnt to an unfamiliar situation. This ensures you have an understanding of what you have just learnt and if you are unsure you are encouraged to read further around the subject. What is great about this book is it advises where to go for further reading to underpin your learning. Finally the companion website advertised in the book is very beneficial. It ensures immediate access to up to date information. I have learnt that the Laws surround social work are ever evolving and it is important to be as up to date as possible. This is a perfect way to keep up to date, not just with law but with codes of practice and framework's. All in all I believe this book is a vital part of anyone studying or wanting to learn about the core modules of being a social worker. This book has clarified certain aspects of social work and I find myself referring to it to confirm my understanding. -- Ellie Morton [The book] gives the reader a clear understanding of the basic, but paramount, issues that need to be considered in each key area of social work practice. This will be invaluable not only for people who have started on courses but for people who are considering social work as a career. In an age where people constantly find it difficult to answer the question 'what is social work' this book goes a great way towards providing a firm foundation for making that clear. -- Patricia Woolley Many students of Social Work will understandably want to buy one big book to support their studies, and this text is not only big, but also weighty and substantial. The book offers a solid grounding in the underpinning knowledge base of social sciences, law and ethics, before considering models of assessment, intervention, evaluation and critical reflexivity. Most importantly, at this time, this is a welcome publication that acknowledges Social Work to be about relationships and politics and policy. -- Nigel Horner This book is a comprehensive introduction. It encompasses the knowledge and processes needed by contemporary social workers practising throughout the UK, and relevant far beyond. Led by some of the foremost Scottish social work academics it is a jewel in the discipline's literary crown! -- Professor Jonathan Parker

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