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Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Second Edition


© 2016 | 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

Excellent book to help students relate theory to practice - a key aid in social work placements,.

Mr Richard Watts
Faculty of Health and Sciences, Staffordshire University
November 17, 2016

A wide range of theory presented in an attractive and accessible manner that is appropriate for Year One social work students.

Dr Robert J Hagan
Department of Sociology & Applied Social Studies, University of Ulster
September 22, 2016

A very useful book which gives clear accounts of social work theories and promotes critical thinking.

Miss Suzanne Dawn Spooner
Dept of Applied Social Science (DASS), Swansea University
September 13, 2016

This is an excellent text which comprehensively covers this subject area.

Mr Paul Rimmer
Social Work , Edge Hill University
August 10, 2016

Easy to read and clearly set out with exercises and practice notes, Covers the topics with enough depth for the groups being taught.
For future editions, could the skills requirements be linked to the PCF or KSS?

Mr Stephen Walker
Rehabilitation & Social Work, University of Cumbria
August 5, 2016

This text covers many of the key themes and issues I would like my MA students to get to grips with in their first term, so I will definitely be suggesting relevant chapters to accompany their practice-based learning.

Mrs Emma Reith-Hall
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
June 16, 2016

A good overview book of core Social Work theories which students can get to grip with. Nicely presented book.

Dr Azora Josephine Hurd
Department of Social Care, Gloucestershire University
May 31, 2016

This book is student friendly, accessible and an easy read. This introduces students to theory which is essential in Social Work Practice. The presentation of the book is very well organised. It concentrates on practice issues and therefore is essential for building the foundations of social work theory for level one BSc or MSc students.

Mrs NICOLA HOWARD
School of Human Sciences, Swansea University
January 21, 2016

All the basic knowledge is there for second year students.

Mr Michael Marriott
Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
December 9, 2015

All the basic knowledge is there for second year students.
Perhaps a shame that the theories are not more clearly signposted - e.g in the chapter titles...

Mr Michael Marriott
Department of Health & Social Care, The Open University
December 9, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2 - What Do We Mean by Social Work Theory?


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