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Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Second Edition

December 2015 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Focusing on what students really need to know, this book breaks down all of the key social work theory covered across a students' training, demystifying complex concepts by demonstrating their application to real-life practice. Multiple case studies highlight applied theory in different practice settings and across issues and challenges that students might face, while self-assessment exercises, practice notes, concise chapter summaries and discussion points help to consolidate their understanding.

New chapters bring the book right up to date and include Relationship-based Work, The Importance of Language, Political Perspectives and Environmental Intervention.

Written by two well-established and expert authors, this is the 'must-have' theory text for all social work students.

What This Book is About
Chapter 1: Introduction and Using This Book
Chapter 2: What Do We Mean by Social Work Theory?
Chapter 3: The Use and Abuse of Theory
Social Work Roles
Chapter 4: The Roles We Play
Chapter 5: Relationship-Based Work
Chapter 6: The Use of Authority and Power
Chapter 7: Advocacy and Empowerment
Chapter 8: Working with Others: Working in a Team
Chapter 9: Environmental Intervention
Past, Present and Future
Chapter 10: Which Way to Look?
Chapter 11: The Power of the Past
Chapter 12: Searching the Present
Chapter 13: Exploring the Future
Chapter 14: The Importance of Language
Chapter 15: Working with People towards becoming Unstuck
The Wider Context
Chapter 16: Systems and System Levels
Chapter 17: Families as Systems
Chapter 18: Groups and Communities
Chapter 19: Political Perspectives
It’s All Very Well in Theory...
Chapter 20: The Question of Evidence and the Problem of Uncertainty
Chapter 21: Talk and Substance
Chapter 22: The Limits of Theory
Chapter 23: Current Contexts and Contemporary Models of Social Work Practice

A comprehensive introduction to a range of theories

Mr Michael Marriott
Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
January 2, 2016

Excellent reference book for the ASYE course adults and children's

Mr Derek Ian Barron
Education , Social Services Department
November 3, 2015

As the title says, an essential guide for social work practice, easy to access and use as the basis for further exploration and quick reference

Dr Andy Wills
School of Social Work, University of Plymouth
November 3, 2015

This is a very comprehensive text. The book offers students both knowledge, as well as ideas for application through practice notes and illustrative examples.

Mr David Neal
School of Health Professions, University of Plymouth
October 29, 2015