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Service users frequently encounter services at times of personal or family crisis. As a result, all social workers need to be aware of the impact of loss if they are to work effectively. This book looks at theoretical developments surrounding issues of change, loss and grieving, encouraging social workers to explore and reflect on the relevance of such issues to their own practice. Furthermore, the book discusses the potential impact of practitioners' own experiences of loss. Issues are explored with reference to the Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers, National Occupational Standards and examples of interdisciplinary working across contexts.
The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice showcases the value of professional work with young people as it is practiced in diverse forms in locations around the world. The editors have brought together an international team of contributors who reflect the wide range of approaches that identify as youth work, and the even wider range of approaches that identify variously as community work or community development work with young people, youth programmes, and work with young people within care, development and (informal) education frameworks. The Handbook is structured to explore histories, current practice and future directions: Part One: 'Youth Work' and Approaches to Professional Work with Young People Part Two: Professional Work With Young People: Projects and Practices to Inspire Part Three: Values and Ethics in Work with Young People Part Four: Current Challenges and Hopes for the Future
Social work practice with children, young people and families is complex, highly skilled - and fascinating. Writing about social work increasingly acknowledges the complexities and uncertainties of practice but rarely features the voice of the social worker themselves. This book takes a different approach, that of Critical Best Practice: a constructive, realistic and strengths-based approach that takes as its starting point the telling and analysing of in depth stories about 'live' practice. The reader is encouraged to join the social work practitioner or manager as they engage with the everyday dilemmas and uncertainties of 21st century practice. Ten narratives, based round the themes of relationships, risk, and negotiation & problem solving provide varied opportunities for critical reflection and learning about social work in different contexts. Insights are offered into social work with children, from young babies to adolescents, and families with differing needs in different parts of the UK: England, Scotland and Wales.
The government agenda on Personalisation and self-directed support is fast-moving and rapidly changing. It is vital therefore that students and practitioners alike are aware of the key issues and debates, as well as the policy that surrounds this area of practice. This timely and fully revised second edition provides an overview of the personalisation agenda and looks at the recent legislation in a broad historical and theoretical perspective. This approach will provide opportunities for students to consider the changes to the social work role and to evaluate the impact of this for service users and as practitioners.
Using a case-based approach to connect the classroom and the practice environment, this foundational text incorporates a broad set of themes that include advocacy, social justice, global focus, ethics, theory, and critical thinking. Integrated, up-to-date content related to diversity, social justice, and international issues helps readers develop the basic skills of engagement, assessment, intervention, and reflective practice, as well as the key skills needed for the field experience. Each chapter of the book is mapped to the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) to aid schools of social work in connecting the course content with monitored outcomes.
Accessible and unbiased, Careers in Mental Health introduces upper-level high school students and beginning undergraduates to the different aspects of various mental health professions. * Contains essential career advice for anyone considering an advanced degree in one of the helping professions within mental health * Covers clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, and school psychology * Clarifies the distinctions between professions by discussing the history and philosophy of each field, requirements for advanced education, licensing, available jobs, salary potential, and more * Includes a section with practical information applicable to all the professions, such as characteristics for success, ethical issues, the importance of critical thinking, applying to graduate school, and current issues affecting the field of mental health
Neuroscience and Social Work Practice: The Missing Link describes why and how neuroscience is the missing link for human service specialists who are facing the increasing complexity of human and societal problems and diagnoses. It illustrates the need for understanding this link between neuroscience and social work in terms of attachment and bonding, trauma, psychotherapy, psychotropic medications and drugs of abuse. Knowledge of brain science can assist social workers and others with the increasing challenges of clinical practice. It also illuminates, especially through Social Neuroscience, the links between social processes and neuroscience. The Social Work profession has long prided itself on using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual (BPSS) framework for conceptualizing human behavior and for intervening with persons/groups/families who seek their assistance. However, the biological aspects of this BPSS framework have been sorely missing; this book provides the missing link. Research in the neurosciences has grown exponentially during the past 30 years, and certain areas are especially relevant for social workers and other human service professionals. The book summarizes important features of this knowledge. A Transactional Model is explained and used throughout the book to help practitioners conceptualize data for assessment, and to focus our attention on the importance of not becoming over- or under-enthused about the biological, rather using all of the BPSS domains interactively. Following a description of basic characteristics of the new world of the brain, the book explores the link between neuroscience and attachment, trauma, psychotherapy, psychotropic medications and drugs ofabuse. Concerning Attachment and Bonding, it explains how brain research is now able to confirm Bowlby's belief that attachment has a biological link, and it shows how the concept of brain plasticity can enhance attachment theory. Concerning Trauma, the book provides case examples to illustrate how clinical practice can be enhanced by findings from the neurosciences. It argues that we need to change our traditional way of intervening with children and adolescents who have experienced neglect, trauma, community violence, etc. Concerning Psychotherapy, the book describes the neurobiology of psychotherapy, and presents new models for intervening that utilize neuroscience results (ideas about neural growth and mirror neurons) that allow for a genuine brain-to-brain connecting between client and clinician. Concerning Psychotropic Medications and Drugs of Abuse, the changing role of social workers is suggested. This new role is related to psychiatric medications, and how this needs to include diversity of effects between different ethnic and racial groups. Discussed are the topics of the drug-metabolizing enzymes, genetic mutations, and how genes get expressed based on interactions with the environment. The idea of pharmacotherapy being primarily a process of social transaction is explained. New medications for the treatment of PTSD and depression are also described. It is suggested that the neurobiology of substance abuse/addiction emphasizes that addiction is a chronic brain disease. Some of the newer pharmacological treatments for addiction are reviewed, especially those that address cravings and relapse. It indicates the need for combined use of pharmacological and behavioral treatmentsfor addictions and attention to the heterogeneity of addictive processes.
This bestselling book will take you step-by-step through the four main aspects of social work practice - Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review - giving you a complete foundation in each. It will introduce you to each process in a clear and accessible way, supporting you to both reflect on and apply what you have learnt in practice across settings and service user groups. The book will provide you with a theoretical foundation from which you can explore other aspects of social work. New to the fifth edition: an `ethnographic approach' to social work focus on relationship and resilience revised exploration of the political context of social work updated emphasis on social justice and human rights.
Are you looking to understand more about social pedagogy? Wanting to see how you can incorporate these approaches into your practice? Ali Gardner and Lowis Charfe introduce you to this exciting new approach to UK social work practice that has been shaping care services in Europe for decades. It is a holistic approach that requires an absolute commitment to employing your heard, heart, and hand in creatively working alongside individuals to support the process of change at an individual, communal, and societal level. - The authors outline the key concepts, philosophy, and history of social pedagogy to ground you in the theory - Exercises help you to reflect on how to incorporate this new philosophy into your work - Practical examples demonstrate how you can apply key principles to your own practice After reading this book you will be able to confidently engage with social work that emphasises people rather than processes at the heart of intervention.
This concise and accessible introduction to social work takes the reader through what it takes to be a social worker, including the theories, policy and practice frameworks, as well as current issues facing social work practice today. Author Robert Adams uses his breadth of experience as a social work educator to explain what makes social work 'special.' He also covers the basic principles of practice with different social work client groups, including vulnerable groups and specialist areas of practice. The Short Guide to Social Work provides a concise and accessible introduction to the subject. The book is appropriate for pre-undergraduates thinking of studying social work, as well as undergraduates in allied disciplines.
Social work and poverty: A critical approach provides a timely review of the key issues facing social workers and service users in working together to combat poverty.First, it situates social work and poverty within a historical context, then analyses definitions and theories of poverty along with their importance in enabling anti-oppressive practice with service users. It goes on to evaluate the Welfare Reform Act 2012 in relation to the negative impact on service users and social workers alike. Key areas of social work and social care are covered with regard to the effects of poverty including, uniquely, access to food, obesity and problematic drug use. Finally the impacts of globalisation on social work and issues of poverty are explored. The book will be of interest to students, researchers and academics in social work and policy makers working in related areas.
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. Key updates: A new chapter on working with groups A revised chapter on working with families More material on emotional intelligence More material on relationship based social work 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.
Drawing on evidence from across Europe, Asia and the USA, this accessible book covers how social workers can engage with research and draw on it in practice.
"Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice" traces the development of relational ideas from their origin in object relations and self psychology to their evolution in current relational, intersubjectivity, and attachment theory. Relational treatment emphasizes openness and collaboration between client and therapist, mutual impact, the client's subjectivity, and the therapist's empathy, genuineness, and use of the self in therapeutic interaction. The approach treats the relationship and dialogue between client and therapist as crucial to the change process and shows how the therapeutic relationship can be used to help clients and therapists bridge differences, examine similarities, overcome impasses, and manage enactments.
The relational emphasis on the subjective experience of both client and therapist is beautifully illustrated throughout this book as the authors draw from their clinical work with clients from diverse backgrounds, including gay and lesbian clients, immigrants, and clients of color. They demonstrate how relational principles and techniques can be applied to multiple problems in social work practice--for example, life crises and transitions, physical and sexual abuse, mental disorders, drug addiction, and the loss of a loved one. The authors also discuss the integration of relational constructs in short-term treatment and with families and groups.
This volume opens with a historical perspective on the role of relational thinking in social work and the evolution of relational theory. It presents an overview of the key concepts in relational theory and its application throughout the treatment process with diverse clients and in different practice modalities. The book concludes with a discussion of the challenges in learning and teaching new theoretical and practice paradigms, particularly in creating a more mutual exchange in the classroom and during supervision.
For decades, child protection systems have striven to provide responsive services to vulnerable children and families in the face of the constant change and instability caused by the bureaucratization of child protection. This book lends a strident voice to the argument for a shift beyond the current risk paradigm, towards genuine cultural change.
Throughout their careers, social work students and practitioners need to demonstrate an understanding of critical and reflective practice. The Professional Capabilities Framework sets out how newly-qualified social workers can achieve this, and become 'critical practitioners' who are able to make decisions in fast-moving situations. This book is a complete guide for those practitioners who wish to engage with action learning as a way of developing critically reflective practice. The authors use Action Learning to explore fundamental aspects of good social work including for example person centred and anti-oppressive practice. The notions of social and emotional intelligence and being critically reflective are also explored in the context of action learning. This book is practical, skills-based and essential reading for all social workers who wish to extend their understanding and knowledge.
For over a decade and with the best of intentions, the U.K. government has spent millions attempting, but largely failing, to improve personal, social and educational outcomes for children and young people in public care. In this book, the authors explain why the problems of this highly vulnerable group have resisted such effort, energy and expenditure and go on to show how achieving positive outcomes for children in care is possible when the root causes of failure are tackled.
Topic covered include:
- The power of parenting
- The impact of parental rejection on emotional development
- Support for the adaptive emotional development of children and young people
- Practical advice on introducing the 'Authentic Warmth' approach into existing childcare organisations
- Future issues in childcare
This book is essential reading for carers, commissioners, policymakers, support professionals, designated teachers and students of social work.
The portfolio is an essential part of the summative assessment within qualifying social work programmes. All students are required to complete a practice portfolio to provide evidence of their learning in practice. This essential book demonstrates how students can use the portfolio to demonstrate their learning in terms of developing core knowledge, values and skills.Topics covered include: What a portfolio is, and how to make best use of it in your learning journeyHow to evidence your capability using the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers How to reflect on your own learning needs and learning styleHow to work with your practice educator in terms of practice learning and portfolio developmentHow to evidence the use of theory in your portfolioHow to evidence meaningful service user and carer involvement within your placement and portfolioHow to use your portfolio as a basis for future CPD learning, including the need to develop Personal Development Plans and the role of AYSE Written by a team of experts from Bournemouth University, each chapter uses a range of reflective activities, practice educator comments, and student testimony to illustrate the discussion.
With a unique focus on advocacy and social justice, author Melissa Bird covers fundamentals of the social work profession - from coalition building to advocacy engagement and stakeholder outreach - across a range of practice areas, such as mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice.
"Social Work Practice" synthesizes the latest theories and research findings in social work and related fields and demonstrates how this information is used in working with clients. Because the interview is the medium in which much of social work practice takes place, learning the processes and skills to conduct a productive interview is a critical part of social work education.
At a time when accountability and the avoidance of risk are increasingly demanded of social workers, the ability to make clear and informed decisions is essential. This book, written for practicing social workers undertaking their ASYE and compulsory CPD, has been designed to help professionals make sound judgments in increasingly complex contexts and under pressure. The focus is on empowering front-line professionals through reflective practice, so that they are able to draw on multiple factors and perspectives and make sound problem-solving judgements. The book begins with the core concepts, client focus, and legal background before moving on to consider the collaborative processes and the nature of individual judgements. It then considers particular dimensions of social work decision making, such as safeguarding, taking risks, assessment and dynamic decision tools and processes. It then concludes by look at the organisational context of decision management, with a focus on supervision, training and effective communication.
Suicide and self-harm are world-wide public health issues that can have devastating effects on families, friends and communities. They are both a priority for anyone working in mental health, social work, emergency departments and related fields, however suicidal and self-harming behaviour can take place anywhere anytime- it may be a pupil in a school, an inmate in a prison or a colleague or family member. For this reason, this book has been written in a clear, accessible and practical style for anyone who wants to learn more about working with and preventing suicidal and self-harming behaviour. * It identifies common risk and protective factors as well as specific warning signs of imminent suicidal behaviour. * It provides essential communication skills for undertaking a risk assessment, illustrating how each skill can be used in real-life practice. * It looks specifically at the issue of self-harm and suicide in prisons, schools and emergency departments. * It lays out clear strategies for identifying and addressing issues of self-care when working with people who are suicidal or who self-harm. * It identifies how we can assist those who are bereaved following the death of a loved one by suicide. Packed with learning outcomes, case scenarios and reflective questions, this book acts as a toolkit for anyone working in this difficult field.
This timesaving resource features: * Treatment plan components for 32 behaviorally based presenting problems * Over 1,000 prewritten treatment goals, objectives, and interventions plus space to record your own treatment plan options * A step-by-step guide to writing treatment plans that meet the requirements of most insurance companies and third-party payors The Social Work and Human Services Treatment Planner provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payers, and state and federal review agencies. * Saves you hours of time-consuming paperwork, yet offers the freedom to develop customized treatment plans to address clients' psychological and environmental problems and issues * Organized around 32 main presenting problems, from family violence and juvenile delinquency to homelessness, chemical dependence, physical/cognitive disability, sexual abuse, and more * Over 1,000 well-crafted, clear statements describe the behavioral manifestations of each relational problem, long-term goals, short-term objectives, and clinically tested treatment options * Easy-to-use reference format helps locate treatment plan components by behavioral problem or DSM-5 diagnosis * Includes a sample treatment plan that conforms to the requirements of most third-party payers and accrediting agencies (including TJC and NCQA)
The fourth edition of The Practice of Generalist Social Work continues to teach students to apply micro, macro, and mezzo social work skills. This new edition strengthens the connection between the three levels of practice and is fully updated to the 2015 EPAS. This edition also contains more illustrations of theory and more context for deciding which type of intervention is a good fit. Most chapters now open with a case study and continually refer back to the case to provide additional connections between theory and real-life practice. Each chapter also incorporates a link to a Grand Challenge of Social Work from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, which shows the connection between social work and the most significant societal challenges of today. The Quick Guides within the text offer students guidance for their field experience and practice after graduation. The text also comes with a rich companion website that includes support materials and six unique cases that encourage students to learn by doing. Go to www.routledgesw.com to explore the cases and additional resources.
This book offers a new approach to help students to understand problematic substance use across a range of social work practice settings. Written from both an anti-discriminatory and evidence-based perspective, the book highlights successful responses to the issues. Each chapter includes reflective exercises and examples of further reading, challenging students to critically reflect on their practice. The book provides a detailed understanding of: " Historical and current policy relating to prohibition and drug use " A range of substances and their potential effects on service users " Models of best practice including screening and assessment, brief intervention, motivation approaches and relapse prevention " Particular issues and needs of a diverse range of service user groups This will be an essential text for social work students taking courses in substance use and addiction. It will also be valuable reading for qualified social workers and students taking related courses across the health and social care field.
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