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Working with Aggression and Resistance in Social Work

Working with Aggression and Resistance in Social Work

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June 2011 | 176 pages | Learning Matters
Social workers have roles that require them to engage with clients and families who may be 'reluctant clients', ambivalent or resistant towards those seeking to help and protect. This includes safeguarding roles in relation to children and vulnerable adults, and work to engage with marginalised groups such as young offenders and those with mental health and substance misuse problems. The text addresses issues in relation to the main client groups, and specific chapters take an overview of issues such as understanding and defusing aggressive behavior and keeping yourself safe from assault.
Defining Key Concepts: Aggression, Ambivalence and Resistance
Understanding Aggression and Resistance
Avoiding Assault and Defusing Aggression
Working in Situations of Domestic Violence
'I Don't Want Your Help': Ambivalence and Resistance in Adult Protection
Assessing the Risk to Children Despite Parental Resistance
Working with Irrationality and Dangerousness in Mental Health
Coping, Challenge and Conflict in Groups
Managing Conflict in Maintaining Standards in Social Care Service Provision
Appendix: Subject Benchmark for Social Work

This text demonstrates the challenges that can be faced when working with aggression and resistance. It applies theory to practical application in a way that students can understand the complexities of different cases and how intervention strategies can minimize the reluctant behaviour some social workers are presented with.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
June 28, 2017

A real insight into behaviours that can be caused by substance misuse and how to deal with them. A book for not only social work learners, but also those working in nursing or support in substance misuse. Highly recommended as a constant reference tool .

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
August 18, 2015

This book gives clarity on the barriers to Aggression and Resistance when working in the field of Social Work. It highlights important factors that link theory to practical application and how that impacts on the service users.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
June 21, 2015

This book is a very usuful approach for social workers and students relatively the aggression and resistance not only because it constitutes a clear and actual framework on theories in this matters but also it presents significant guidelines to practice with users.

Professor Francisco Branco
Social Work , Portuguese Catholic University
February 18, 2015

We have recommended this as essential reading for the level 6 students as they prepare to undertake their final practice placement.

This text offers both theory and practical advice in a number of social work settings.

Ms Stephanie Jones
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
October 1, 2013

Not an easy text to grapple with, although there is a lack of other texts written on this important aspect of social work practice. Students struggled with its use and feedback was that its content and language was difficult to understand.

Mrs Kay Wall
Social Work Office (Redditch), North East Worcestershire College
December 14, 2012

The Book has been used for students undertaking AMHP training.

Mr Robert Wu
Social Work Department, Birmingham City University
November 7, 2012

Comprehensive overview of crucial skills for good practice.

Ms Elisabeth Hunter
School of Health and Social Care, Greenwich University
September 13, 2012

This has been a useful addition to course books for our skills in social work module. Some students struggle with the idea of working with agression and this book gives clear understanding as to why service users may present with aggression, and helpful ideas for practice.
The inclusion of research summaries and case studies is excellent.
I look forward to new books where links to professional capabilities are made, rather than NOS in light of the current changes.

Mrs Julie Crawshaw
Social Work Office (Redditch), North East Worcestershire College
August 6, 2012

A clearly presented book giving students a clear insight into the varying situations where resistance to engage can prevent effective working.

Mrs Jane Maffey
Department of Social Work, New College Durham
July 5, 2012