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Social Work : Contexts and Practice : Third Edition - Marie Connolly

Social Work

Contexts and Practice : Third Edition


Published: 14th May 2013
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Social Work: Contexts and Practice is a comprehensive introduction to the field of social work. Now in its third edition, it continues to speak to both Australia and Aotearoa, addressing common trans-Tasman concerns while at the same time responding to the unique experiences of social work within each country. There is a vibrant interplay of trans-Tasman perspectives and practices while at the same time recognising the relevance of your own national and cultural environment.

The book is divided into three broad sections. Part 1 explores the context of practice and the broad-ranging influences that shape the profession, particularly its vision and development. New to this section is a chapter on 'Spirituality in Social Work', as well as content on working with asylum seekers. Part 2 considers the diverse fields of practice in which social workers find employment, some of which include mental health, disability, older people and child welfare.

New to this section is a chapter on 'Youth Health, Mental Health and Well-being', and 'Social Work in the Context of Climate Change and Disasters'. Part 3 looks at the professional issues in social work practice, such as research, occupational stress, supervision practices and the law.

About the Authors

Marie Connolly, University of Melbourne, Louise Harms, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne Marie Connolly is Professor and Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She has been at Melbourne for two years following a five-year senior executive appointment within the New Zealand government as Chief Social Worker. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor and Head of Department at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has a social work background in statutory child welfare.

Louise Harms is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Department of Social Work, the University of Melbourne. She worked as a social worker in direct practice for nine years in hospital and educational settings, before moving into social work teaching and research in 2001. Her research interests are in the areas of trauma, loss and resilience, human development and communication skills, primarily in health settings.


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1. The Art and Science of Social Work
2. Social Work Practice Theories and Frameworks
3. Human Development: People within their Environments
4. Values and Human Rights
5. Spirituality in Social Work
6. Social Work, Poverty and Disadvantage
7. Family Violence, Gender, and Culture
8. Sexuality and Social Work
9. Aboriginal Issues in Context
10. Making Sense of Indigenous Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand
11. Pasifika Social Work
12. Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
13. Cross-cultural Practice

14. Contemporary Issues in Health Social Work
15. Social Work and Disability
16. Working with Older People
17. Mental Health Social Work in Australasia
18. Perspectives on Drug Use
19. Early Intervention with Families of Vulnerable Children
20. Child Welfare Practice
21. Youth Health, Mental Health and Well-being
22. Social Work and Youth Justice
23. Social Work Practice and the Justice System
24. Social Work in the Context of Climate Change and Disasters

25. Social Work: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going
26. Social Work and the Law
27. Research in Social Work
28. Social Work Supervision
29. Field Education Context and Practice
30. Thriving at Work: Preventing Occupational Stress
31. Trans-Tasman Reflections

ISBN: 9780195520187
ISBN-10: 0195520181
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 14th May 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised