Modern Social Work Theory

Modern Social Work Theory

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Now in its fourth edition, this international best-selling textbook is a classic in its field. Written by one of the leading names in social work, it provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the main practice theories that will act as a companion for students throughout their course and their career as a practitioner. In this substantially reworked and updated fourth edition of his best-selling text, Malcolm Payne presents clear and concise evaluations of the pros and cons of major theories that inform social work practice, and comparisons between them.

This is the ideal text for theory, methods and practice modules on qualifying social work courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well qualified social work practitioners taking post-qualifying and CPD courses.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 23.62mm | 797g
  • Red Globe Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th ed. 2014
  • 80 Illustrations, black and white; 464 p. 80 illus.
  • 0230249604
  • 9780230249608
  • 95,873

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This masterly text is a classic in its field and will be a reliable companion throughout the course of your studies and your career as a social work practitioner. In this substantially reworked and updated fourth edition of his best-selling text, Malcolm Payne presents clear and concise evaluations of the pros and cons of major theories that inform social work practice, and comparisons between them. Modern Social Work Theory is now more accessible and comprehensive than ever, offering: - the most complete coverage of social work theory, from classic perspectives to the very latest ideas, including a new chapter dedicated to strengths, narrative and solutions approaches
- a host of brand new case examples showing how theories can be applied to everyday practice
- new analysis of the ethical dimensions of different social work theories and what common values they share
- 'Pause and Reflect' questions to encourage you to draw on your own experience and develop your thinking
- updated 'Example text' sections which summarise the most current thinking and help bridge the gap between introductions to each theory and more specialist writing.
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Table of contents

PART I: THINKING ABOUT SOCIAL WORK THEORY.- 1. The Social Construction of Social Work Theory.- 2. Evaluating Social Work Theory.- 3. Connecting Theory and Practice.- PART II: REVIEWING SOCIAL WORK THEORIES.- 4. Psychodynamic Practice.- 5. Crisis and Task Centred Models.- 6. Cognitive Behavioural Practice.- 7. Systems and Ecological Practice.- 8. Macro Practice, Social Development and Social Pedagogy.- 9. Strengths, Narrative and Solution Practice.- 10. Humanistic Practice, Existentialism and Spirituality.- 11. Empowerment and Advocacy.- 12. Critical Practice.- 13. Feminist Practice.- 14. Anti-Oppressive and Multicultural Sensitivity Practice
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'This text is a tour de force! The new edition is impressive in its scope and consistent application of a social construction perspective. The increased use of diagrams and case illustrations will help students to access some important and complicated aspects of theory.' - Joan Orme, University of Glasgow, UK 'A wonderful resource for students, practitioners, and academics. The new edition is comprehensive and has been brought right up to date, providing clear explanations of the breadth of theories social work has engaged with over time.' - Sarah Wendt, UNISA, Australia 'A really thoroughly revised and updated edition of what is probably the best known and certainly the longest-running UK text on social work theory.' - Chris Beckett, University of East Anglia, UK "I regard Payne's Modern Social Work Theory as a classic and the best of its type. It not only covers theories well for new social workers but is an excellent refresher for more seasoned academics." - Jan Fook, Kingston University, UK
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About Malcolm Payne

Malcolm Payne is a writer, academic and consultant on social work, social care management and multiprofessional teamwork. Currently Policy and Development Adviser at St Christopher's Hospice, London, he was previously Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the Hospice. He has held academic posts at the University of Bristol, UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Opole University, Poland. He has honorary appointments at the Department of Social Policy, Helsinki University, Finland and the School of Social Care Sciences, Kingston University, UK.
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