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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 Tables||p. viii|
|Practising Social Work: Why Context Matters||p. 1|
|Dominant Discourses in Health and Welfare: Biomedicine, Economics and Law||p. 17|
|Service Discourses: 'Psy' and Sociological Ideas in Social Work||p. 47|
|Alternative Service Discourses: Consumer Rights, and Religion and Spirituality||p. 68|
|Theories for Social Work Practice: Approaches to Knowledge Development and Use||p. 92|
|Problem-Solving Approaches: Focusing on Task-Centred Practice||p. 108|
|Three Waves of Systems Theories||p. 132|
|The Strengths Perspective||p. 151|
|Modern Critical Social Work: From Radical to Anti-Oppressive Practice||p. 172|
|Postmodern Approaches in Practice||p. 193|
|Creating Frameworks for Practice||p. 216|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th April 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 23.6
Edition Number: 1