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Social Work Theories in Context : Creating Frameworks for Practice : 1st Edition - Karen Healy

Social Work Theories in Context : Creating Frameworks for Practice

1st Edition

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This innovative textbook provides a comprehensive guide to social work practice across a range of organisational contexts, presenting social work as a diverse activity that is profoundly shaped by public policies, service missions, and practice locations. The book tackles the most current and topical theories and perspectives in a clear and accessible way, using an integrated and flexible framework which links context, theory, and practice approaches. Its international breadth and supportive pedagogical features will ensure the book's value to students of social work all over the world.

About the Author

Karen Healy is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia.

'...[Healy] provides a very usable, easily readable guide to the application of theories to pracitce, and incorporates some thoughtful consideration of service users' rights and perspective that are very relevant to advocacy efforts.' - Margarete Parrish, The Higher Education Academy (Social Policy and Social Work)

List of Figures and Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Practising Social Work: Why Context Mattersp. 1
Dominant Discourses in Health and Welfare: Biomedicine, Economics and Lawp. 17
Service Discourses: 'Psy' and Sociological Ideas in Social Workp. 47
Alternative Service Discourses: Consumer Rights, and Religion and Spiritualityp. 68
Theories for Social Work Practice: Approaches to Knowledge Development and Usep. 92
Problem-Solving Approaches: Focusing on Task-Centred Practicep. 108
Three Waves of Systems Theoriesp. 132
The Strengths Perspectivep. 151
Modern Critical Social Work: From Radical to Anti-Oppressive Practicep. 172
Postmodern Approaches in Practicep. 193
Creating Frameworks for Practicep. 216
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9781403916228
ISBN-10: 1403916225
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th April 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 23.6
Edition Number: 1