Social Work Skills : A Practice Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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The bestselling social workclassicupdated to includethe latest in skills andtheories for practitioners atevery level Written by an experienced academicpractitioner,the new edition of this bestsellingtext is updated to include the currenteducational, policy, and practice contexts ofsocial work. Social Work Skills, SecondEdition, contains additional material onsocial work methods and approaches, aswell as revised sections on the importance ofpsychological and sociological theories. It also provides expanded and more thoroughinformation on multi-disciplinaryworking and communication with childrenand examines the use of language and jargonin social workensuring more productiveand smooth interactions between socialworkers and their clients and colleagues.The main focus of the book is on how skillscan be perfected and made transferableacross different contexts, service usergroups, and countries. The handbook isessential reading for all social work studentsand a valuable reference tool for practicingsocial workers and human service professionals.

Author Biography

Pamela Trevithick (United Kingdom) is a lecturer in social work at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(21)
1 The knowledge base of social work: theoretical, factual and practice knowledge 22(38)
2 Social work skills, interventions and practice effectiveness 60(30)
3 Understanding human beings 90(23)
4 Communication, listening and assessment skills 113(27)
5 Basic interviewing skills 140(50)
6 Providing help, direction and guidance 190(28)
7 Empowerment, negotiation and partnership skills 218(24)
8 Professional competence and accountability 242(13)
Conclusion 255(5)
Appendix 1: Behaviourist approaches 260(4)
Appendix 2: Cognitive approaches 264(3)
Appendix 3: Crisis intervention 267(4)
Appendix 4: Person/client-centred approaches 271(4)
Appendix 5: Psychosocial approaches 275(4)
Appendix 6: Task-centred approaches 279(3)
Appendix 7: Ecological perspectives in social work 282(4)
Appendix 8: Feminist perspectives in social work 286(3)
Appendix 9: Radical/progressive/activist perspectives in social work 289(3)
Appendix 10: Stages of Change (or Cycle of Change) 292(4)
Appendix 11: National Occupational Standards on the knowledge base of social work 296(3)
References 299(26)
Index 325

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