Although communication and interpersonal skills are widely-taught as a core element of the social work degree, understanding the theory and processes around them can be a challenge. This book starts with the fundamentals and looks at individual theories and approaches, relating them directly to social work practice. This approach will help you to understand the benefits that good communication skills can bring to your practice placements and work with clients. The content is grounded in social work practice and is totally skills-focused. There are new sections on groupwork, working with vulnerable clients and communicating effectively with children.
This book is in the Transforming Social Work Practice series. All books in the series are affordable, mapped to the Social Work Curriculum, practical with clear links between theory & practice and written to the Professional Capabilities Framework.
- New chapter on family work: Assessments, intervention methods, Think Family, the need to engage men as well as women, thinking about families in work with adults e.g. mental health issues, dementia, physical disability – ‘carers’
- New chapter on group work: Different approaches, groups at different stages of the life cycle, drop-in and ‘opportunity-led’ groups,
- New chapter on working with mandated clients – move the discussion of deception to this chapter.
- Chapter 5: more about SAVI, and also draw on research from conversation and discourse analysis – this material might appear in other chapters too.
- More on emotional intelligence, and communication in organisations
- More on Interprofessional More on relationship-based social work