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Decision Making in Social Work : Practical Social Work - Terence O'Sullivan

Decision Making in Social Work

Practical Social Work

Paperback Published: 24th November 2010
ISBN: 9780230223592
Number Of Pages: 210

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At a time when accountability and the avoidance of risk are increasingly demanded of social work practitioners, the ability to make clear and reasoned professional decisions is essential. This welcome new edition provides a supportive framework for making social work judgements and assessments based on a structured and practical approach.

Woven through with practice scenarios applicable to the many facets of social work, this text emphasizes the importance of good decision making to high-quality social work practice. Reassuringly clear throughout, this new addition to the BASW Practical Social Work series is core reading for all involved in the field of social work, whether as students, academics, practitioners or managers.

'...a valuable tool for anyone involved in making social work decisions.' - Community Care Magazine REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS EDITION 'A unique multidisciplinary approach to the understanding and explanation of decision making in social work practice.' - British Journal of Social Work 'Decision Making in Social Work provides a comprehensive analysis of the subject, which re-emphasis the skill of the social worker, who makes (at least) half a dozen impossible decisions before lunchtime.' - Rachel Wooller, Community Care 'Terrence O'Sullivan's work provides a timely focus on decision making, as we seek ways to embrace research findings and risk management concepts more fully into professional practice. It will be particularly valued by social workers undertaking their Post Qualifying Award, who are seeking a theoretical framework for decision making to underpin and develop their practice.' - Brian Taylor, Northern Health and Social Services Board, Northern Ireland '[T]his book is definitely a significant contribution to social work literature, and is written with clarity and a lucid style, without over-simplification. Readers will find the decision-making framework that Terence O'Sullivan has developed, instrumental in helping them arrive at a sound decision. It will undoubtedly be essential reading to a wide audience including students in the health and social care fields, academics, frontline social workers and managers.' - Chui Wing Hong, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work 'Decision making, with all its associated perils, is such a fundamental part of social work practice that it is remarkable that it has not received more attention in the social work literature. Decision-Making in Social Work provides a comprehensive analysis of the subject, which re-emphasises the skill of the social worker, who makes (at least) half a dozen impossible decisions before lunchtime.' - Community Care

List of figures and tablesp. vii
Preface to the second editionp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Making decisionsp. 1
What is decision making?p. 2
Whose decision?p. 3
Decision making and problem solvingp. 5
Decision making and ethicsp. 6
Decision making and powerp. 7
Decision making and riskp. 9
Decision making and reflexivityp. 10
What is sound decision making?p. 11
Practice contextsp. 18
Service-user movementsp. 19
Professional contextp. 21
Societal contextp. 23
Legal contextp. 26
Policy contextp. 28
Organizational contextp. 30
Interprofessional contextp. 34
Involving service users and carersp. 40
Who is the client?p. 41
Why involve service users and carers?p. 43
Levels of involvementp. 45
Limits on the level of involvementp. 50
Service-user disempowermentp. 56
Strengths and capacity buildingp. 57
Working togetherp. 63
Meeting togetherp. 64
Benefits of working togetherp. 65
Working together effectivelyp. 68
Overcoming barriersp. 72
Seeking agreementp. 77
Using knowledge and managing emotionsp. 82
Professional wisdomp. 83
Knowledge-based decision makingp. 84
Two modes of thinkingp. 89
Emotional competencep. 93
Job satisfaction, stress and copingp. 98
Framing situationsp. 104
Framing processesp. 105
Constructing pictures of situationsp. 106
'Objective facts' or 'social constructions'?p. 109
Building a decision framep. 111
Decision frames and distortionp. 116
Working across differencep. 120
Analysing optionsp. 126
Ethical theories and making decisionsp. 127
Risk and risk takingp. 133
Decision theory and decision analysisp. 140
Constructing an argumentp. 149
Using supervisionp. 154
Supervision and decision makingp. 156
What is 'supervision'?p. 157
Giving and receiving supervisionp. 161
Supervision, authority and powerp. 170
Decision making and decision outcomesp. 175
Sound decisions and uncertain outcomesp. 175
Decision making and decision outcomesp. 178
Learning from bad outcomesp. 181
Preventing bad outcomesp. 181
Referencesp. 185
Author indexp. 201
Subject indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780230223592
ISBN-10: 0230223591
Series: Practical Social Work
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 24th November 2010
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised