Practising Social Work in a Complex World

Practising Social Work in a Complex World

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This classic textbook provides the clearest and most authoritative introduction available to working in situations characterised not only by risk and change but also by high pressure to deliver successful outcomes. Edited by three of the leading names in Social Work, Robert Adams, Lena Dominelli and Malcolm Payne provide an indispensable guide to successful social work practise.

Its coherent and thoughtful coverage of practice situations involving complexity, tension and uncertainty is uniquely geared to the needs of students in the final stages of their qualifying Social Work course, professionals returning to study, or those simply wishing to deepen their professional understanding.
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 20.32mm | 797g
  • Red Globe Press
  • Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2009
  • 384 p.
  • 0230218644
  • 9780230218642
  • 139,606

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Become a confident and effective practitioner with Practising Social Work in a Complex World. It provides the clearest and most authoritative introduction available to working in situations characterised not only by risk and change but also by high pressure to deliver successful outcomes. The book is uniquely geared to the needs of students in the final stages of their qualifying course, professionals returning to study, or those simply wishing to deepen their professional understanding. It is distinguished by: - Its coherent and thoughtful coverage of practice situations involving complexity, tension and uncertainty- Its focus on how social work can contribute by integrating the perspectives of service users, carers, other professionals and the wider agency context- Its discussion of a range of management skills, which are presented as versatile tools for all practitioners- Its extended exploration of social work research, as an important but widely debated professional resource. This is one of three interrelated books edited by the internationally renowned and widely published team, Robert Adams, Lena Dominelli and Malcolm Payne. It was formerly published as Social Work Futures. The companion books are Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates (third edition) and Critical Practice in Social Work (second edition). Each book can be used alone or in combination with the other two as a uniquely flexible and comprehensive programme of study.
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Table of contents

Introduction.- What Do We Mean by Integrative Social Work?.- PART 1: UNCERTAINTY AND COMPLEXITY IN PRACTICE.- What do we mean by Integrative Social Work? (TBC).- Encountering Complexity and Uncertainty.- Persistent Oppressions: The Example of Domestic Violence.- Risk and Protection: Working With Children and Families.- Troubled and in Trouble: Young People, Truancy and Offending.- Sexuality.- Frailty and Dignity in Old Age.- Risk, Rights and Anti-discrimination Work in Mental Health.- Social Work with Asylum-seekers.- Legal and Illicit Drug Use.- PART 2: MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE.- Management and Managerialism.- Managing the Workload.- Partnership Working.- Strategic Leadership and Planning.- Supervision and Being Supervised.- Managing Risk and Decision-making.- Managing Finances.- Quality Assurance.- Change and Continuity in Social Work.- PART 3: RESEARCHING SOCIAL WORK.- Research Methods for Ethical Practice.- Getting Started With a Piece of Research/Evaluation in Social Work.- Doing Literature Searches and Reviews.- Experiencing Research as a Practitioner.- Evaluating Practice.- Emancipatory Social Work Research.- Developing Social Work Research.- Concluding Comment.
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About Robert Adams

ROBERT ADAMS is Visiting Professor of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside, UK.

LENA DOMINELLI is Professor of Applied Social Sciences and Head of Social and Community and Youth Work at the University of Durham, UK.

MALCOLM PAYNE is Adviser (Policy and Development) at St Christopher's Hospice, London, UK.

There are also a number of prestigious contributors to this book, bringing experience of teaching and practice from a variety of backgrounds
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