Social Work with Adults

Social Work with Adults

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This best-selling book explores the crucial role of social workers in securing a better future for vulnerable and disadvantaged adult service users. Tacking the problems most common to this branch of social work it focuses on four major themes: personalization; mental health; substance use; and old age. Edited by the highly respected Martin Davies, and with contributions from some of the leading names in the field, Social Work with Adults provides a clear map and guidance to help navigate between the different elements of social work knowledge and practice. Whether a student on an undergraduate degree taking a module on working with adults or a qualified professional wanting to ensure they are proving the very best service they can, this is essential reading. The breadth and depth of coverage makes this text a perfect handbook for students of adult social work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 22mm | 639.56g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Palgrave
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2012
  • 9 Illustrations, black and white; 360 p. 9 illus.
  • 0230293840
  • 9780230293847
  • 464,773

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Social workers are constantly making decisions under pressure. How do policy, law, research and theory influence what they do. This important book provides the answers with a crystal-clear map of the adult social work field. Focused on four major themes - personalization, mental health, substance use, old age - the book brings together expert commentators to:
Outline the policy background;
Summarize the relevant law;
Describe the key theories;
Highlight the research findings.A wealth of real life case studies reveal, in detail, the challenges that social workers face every day. Through a series of questions, readers are invited to join in the process of 'Making connexions' between different elements of social work knowledge and practice. Edited by the highly respected Martin Davies, this authoritative and illuminating book explores the crucial role of social workers in securing a better future for vulnerable and disadvantaged service users. It is an essential investment for students, educators and practitioners alike.
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'Where social work should be going.' - Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University, UK 'A book that can be easily accessed at any chapter, containing many rich insights that will reward frequent return.' - Andy Mantell, Lecturer, University of Chichester, UK 'A uniquely systematic approach.' - Matthew Gough, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Nottingham Trent University, UK
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About Martin Davies

Martin Davies is Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, UK, where he was the founding Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Work. He is the author of seven books and more than a hundred scholarly papers. He is editor of The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work and The Blackwell Companion to Social Work, now in its third edition. His text, The Essential Social Worker, also in its third edition, was based on the UEA course on social work in society, which he taught for twenty years. His most recent authored text, Doing a Successful Research Project, has sold over 8,500 copies since publication in 2007.
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Table of contents

Preface .- Acknowledgements .- Introduction.- PART I: SOCIAL WORK AND THE PERSONALISATION AGENDA .- Introduction; M.Bamber .- The Emergence and Development of the Personalisation Agenda; J.Leece.- Law on Personalisation; S.Braye & A.Brammer.- Conceptualisation and Theory Building in Personalisation; S.Hunter & M.Titterton.- Personalisation: What the Research Tells Us; G.MacIntyre.- Personalisation in Practice; M.Bamber, J.Brooks, S.Cusack, J.Edwards, M.Gardner, K.Gridley, L.Howard, N.Marshall, L.Salmon & J.Wood.- PART II: SOCIAL WORK AND MENTAL HEALTH.- Introduction; M.Webber.- Social Policy and Mental Health Social Work; M.Webber & J.Nathan.- Mental Health Law and Social Work; N.Gould & D.Martin.- Theory in Mental Health Social Work; J.Tew.- What Research Findings Tell Social Workers about their Work in Mental Health; S.Evans & P.Huxley.- Social Work Practice in Mental Health; C.Leah.- PART III: SOCIAL WORK AND SUBSTANCE USE .- Introduction; M.McCann.- Social Policy and Substance Use; S.Galvani & A.Thurnham.- The Legal Foundations of Social Work in the Field of Drug and Alcohol Abuse; M.Preston-Shoot.- A Theoretical Perspective on Social Work and Substance Use; D.Forrester & A.Hutchinson.- Social Work Research and Substance Misuse; D.Forrester, G.Glynn & M.McCann.- Working with People who Use Substances; S.Galvani & S.Wadd.- PART IV: SOCIAL WORK AND OLD AGE .- Introduction; J.Parker.- The Place that Social Policy Plays in Shaping the Social Context of Older People; T.Gilbert & L.Powell.- The Legal Foundations and Requirements for Social Work with Older People; A.McDonald.- Landscapes and Portraits: Using Multiple Lenses to Inform Social Work Theories of Old Age; J.Parker.- What Research Tells Social Workers about Their Work with Older People; P.Clarkson.- Social Work with Older People; R.Jones.- Index
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