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Introducing Social Work

Introducing Social Work

Second Edition
Edited by:
  • Jonathan Parker - Bournemouth University, UK, University of Stavanger, Norway

March 2023 | 480 pages | Learning Matters
Everything you need to succeed in your social work degree! Written by subject experts, this essential guide will introduce you to all the core areas of your course, helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to practice with confidence.  

Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for social work students. These books use activities and case studies to build critical thinking and reflection skills and will help social work students to develop good practice through learning. These books are:

· Affordable                                               
· Written to the Professional Capabilities Framework
· Mapped to the social work curriculum           
· Practical with clear links between theory and practice
Jo Finch & Jonathan Parker
Chapter 1: The history and context of contemporary social work (including global social work)
Steven Shardlow
Chapter 2: Social work values and ethics
Barbra Teater and Katrina Hannan
Chapter 3: Theories and methods of social work practice
Robert Johns
Chapter 4: Social work and the law
Janet Walker
Chapter 5: Human growth and development in social work
Jonathan Parker
Chapter 6: The social work process: assessment, planning, intervention and review
Prospera Tedam
Chapter 7: Anti-oppressive practice skills
Lucy Rai
Chapter 8: Writing skills for social workers
Joanna Rawles
Chapter 9: Critical thinking and reflective practice
Juliet Koprowska
Chapter 10: Communication and interpersonal skills
Allan Norman
Chapter 11: Courtroom skills for social workers
Timothy B. Kelly and Toby Berman-Rossi
Chapter 12: Group work skills
Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Chapter 13: Leadership and management skills in social work
Brian J. Taylor
Chapter 14: Using research in social work
Jo Finch
Chapter 15: Looking after yourself as a social worker
Jonathan Parker
Chapter 16: Creative skills for social workers
Nancy Kelly
Chapter 17: Social work and safeguarding children
Melanie Watts & Nick Frost
Chapter 18: Social work with children and young people in need
Deborah Hadwin, Helen Guizani & Gurnam Singh
Chapter 19: Working with unaccompanied refugee minors
Roger Smith & Sean Creaney
Chapter 20: Social work and youth justice
Toby Brandon, Carole Southall and Steve O'Driscoll
Chapter 21: Social work and mental health (children, young people and adults)
Sally Lee
Chapter 22: Social work and disability (children, young people and adults)
Emma Evans & Sally Lee
Chapter 23: Social work and learning disability/difficulties (children, young people and adults)
Lucille Allain & Siobhan O'Farrell-Pearce
Chapter 24: Social work, fostering and adoption (working with children and adults)
Kim Robinson
Chapter 25: Social work with asylum seekers and refugees
Orlanda Harvey
Chapter 26: Social work and substance use
Ann Anka
Chapter 27: Social work with older people
Sue Taplin and Denise Turner
Chapter 28: Social work at the end of life: death, dying, bereavement and loss
Keith Popple
Chapter 29: Working with communities

I'm impressed with this series of books, and am recommending them whenever relevant to a module.

Ms maria marrinan
Social Work, University of Suffolk
November 23, 2023

The text provides an overall understanding of the role.

Dr Michelle Culwick
Faculty of Life Sciences & Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
August 10, 2023

A very helpful introduction to social work, the book is structured into 3 distinct sections: theory and methods, skills and interventions in practice. Each chapter contains a range of activities to deepen students understanding of the topic areas. Part of the Transforming Social Work Series, the book is very much a ‘taster’ of key areas. It’s quality lies in the fact that each chapter is written by an academic who is known for their knowledge and experience in the subject area and thus the information is interesting and reliable.

Mrs Lynda Hughes
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
October 10, 2023

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