Critical Practice in Social Work

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Author: Robert Adams,Lena Dominelli,Malcolm Payne

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230365868

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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What do social workers need to know in order to practise skilfully and effectively? The second edition of this highly respected text gives you the understanding to bridge the gap between social work theory and the challenges of day-to-day practice. Critical Practice in Social Work is different from every other text for several reasons: - Its unique combination of theory, values and practice - The wealth of expertise its contributors bring to their subject - The way the themes of critical practice and reflective practice are used to show how theories can be applied meaningfully - The number of methods covered, in an 'easy reference' structure - Its in-depth look at an unrivalled spectrum of professional situations, illustrated by rich case material - Its systematic discussion of professional ethics and values, both as general principles for practice and as practical tools. The book's simultaneous accessibility and depth make it suited for study at both qualifying and post-qualifying level. Conveying the versatility and thoughtfulness required to do social work well, it is an essential purchase for every aspiring and practising social worker's bookshelf. It is one of three interrelated books edited by the internationally renowned and widely published team, Robert Adams, Lena Dominelli and Malcolm Payne. The companion books are Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates (third edition) and Practising Social Work in a Complex World. Each book can be used alone or in combination with the other two as a uniquely flexible and comprehensive programme of study.

Best Practice in Social Work

Critical Perspectives

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Author: Karen Jones,Barry Cooper,Harry Ferguson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137087897

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Social work has laboured too long under a 'deficit' model that focuses on failings and problems of practice. Emphasising best practice, strengths and collaborative partnership this ambitious book seeks to redress the balance. Undergraduate and post-qualifying social work students alike will find it a useful resource.

Social Work

Critical Theory and Practice

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Author: Jan Fook

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761972518

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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In this text, Jan Fook takes a reflective approach to social work. The reader is encouraged to develop his or her own ideas, using the material covered in this book.

The Critical Practitioner in Social Work and Health Care

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Author: Sandy Fraser,Sarah Matthews

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849202346

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Critical practice is at the core of all activity undertaken with service users, carers and their communities. Conveying the diverse nature of this work The Critical Practitioner in Social Work and Health Care takes a comprehensive and reflective look at key areas of practice and the challenges professionals face in training and in their working lives. The chapters focus on the skills and values fundamental to the caring role and helps readers understand the importance of being able to adapt to changing demands and expectations. Key features of the book include: " a multiprofessional approach, incorporating examples from health, social work, and social care " an integrated approach to theory and practice " a range of case studies to illustrate key themes and issues " coverage of core topics such as: ethics, management, supervision, teamwork, interprofessional working, practice with service-users, research, policy issues, accountability " strongly supports underpinning knowledge for the National Occupational Standards and subject benchmarks. The book encourages the reader to develop the confidence and analytic skills to achieve best practice across all areas of their work. It will be required reading for all those studying social work, nursing, and allied caring professions. It will also be of great help to practitioners wishing to reflect on and develop their own practice. This Reader includes revised and updated material from Brechin et al's Critical Practice in Health and Social Care also published by SAGE (2000). Sandy Fraser is a Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. He co-edited Doing Research with Children and Young People and The Reality of Research with Children and Young People (both 2004) published by SAGE Publications in association with The Open University. Sarah Matthews is a Staff Tutor in The Open University regional office in Manchester. She is also a Mental Health Act Commissioner and runs a training and consultancy business. She worked for 20 years as a qualified social worker, latterly as a senior manager.

Critical Practice in Health and Social Care

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Author: Ann Brechin,Hilary Brown,Maureen A Eby

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761964933

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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This major new textbook will take a fresh look at professions and professionalism - what these terms mean and what they need to mean in the future in the health and social care field. Written by experienced teachers, the textbook: reviews the evidence on team and inter-professional working, teasing out the new perspectives and the skills required; examines what professional development entails and what it means in different fields of practice; tackles ethical dilemmas of practice alongside changing concepts in society of accountability; explores current debates about how professionals can be supported in their practice and how their performance is best regulated; and highlights the contribution that practitioners can make

Practising Social Work in a Complex World

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Author: Robert Adams,Lena Dominelli,Malcolm Payne

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137013443

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Become a confident and effective practitioner with Practising Social Work in a Complex World. It provides the clearest and most authoritative introduction available to working in situations characterised not only by risk and change but also by high pressure to deliver successful outcomes. The book is uniquely geared to the needs of students in the final stages of their qualifying course, professionals returning to study, or those simply wishing to deepen their professional understanding. It is distinguished by: - Its coherent and thoughtful coverage of practice situations involving complexity, tension and uncertainty - Its focus on how social work can contribute by integrating the perspectives of service users, carers, other professionals and the wider agency context - Its discussion of a range of management skills, which are presented as versatile tools for all practitioners - Its extended exploration of social work research, as an important but widely debated professional resource. This is one of three interrelated books edited by the internationally renowned and widely published team, Robert Adams, Lena Dominelli and Malcolm Payne. It was formerly published as Social Work Futures. The companion books are Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates (third edition) and Critical Practice in Social Work (second edition). Each book can be used alone or in combination with the other two as a uniquely flexible and comprehensive programme of study.

Critical Social Work

An Introduction to Theories and Practices

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Author: Bob Pease,Linda Briskman

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781865089072

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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This introduction to critical social work offers a systematic overview of core theories and practice issues in challenging domination and oppression by arguing that a central goal of social work practice is social change to redress social inequality. Taking a critical theoretical approach that incorporates postmodern, feminist, structural, and postcolonial perspectives, the contributors explore the links between personal and social change. While many critical social work educators argue it is necessary to draw upon both modernist and postmodern appropriations of critical theory, this book explores the tensions and contradictions in adopting this dual perspective.

Doing Critical Social Work

Transformative Practices for Social Justice

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Author: Bob Pease,Sophie Goldingay,Norah Hosken,Sharlene Nipperess

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1760110841

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Critical social work encourages emancipatory personal and social change. This text focuses on the challenge of incorporating critical theory into the practice of social workers and provides case studies and insights from a range of fields to illustrate how to work with tensions and challenges. Beginning with an outline of the theoretical basis of critical social work and its different perspectives, the authors go on to introduce key features of working in this tradition including critical reflection. Part II explores critical practices in confronting privilege and promoting social justice in social work, examining such issues as human rights, gender, poverty and class. Part III considers the development of critical practices within the organisational context of social work including the fields of mental health, child and family services, within Centrelink and prison settings. Part IV is focused on doing anti- discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice in social work with particular populations including asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, domestic violence survivors, older people and lesbian, gay and transgender groups. Finally, Part V outlines collectivist and transformative practices in social work and beyond, looking at environmental issues, social activism, the disability movement and globalisation. 'A highly valuable addition to social work education and practice literature in Australia and beyond its shores.' Ruth Phillips, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

Social Work Theory and Methods

The Essentials

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Author: Neil Thompson,Paul Stepney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351809008

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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This gateway text lays the foundations for a thorough knowledge of the theory and methods that social workers need. Pulling together the work of a team of experts, this book uses the innovative “theorizing practice” approach, rather than the traditional “applying theory to practice” approach, thereby providing a much more satisfactory basis for understanding the relationship between theory and practice and making it easier for practitioners to employ theory in practice. Part I sets the scene by examining the relationship between theory and practice, how research can be used to inform practice and the important role of policy and organizational factors. Part II provides 14 chapters, each exploring a different theoretical approach. All in all, this book provides the ideal introduction to using social work theory and methods in practice.