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Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare : More Than Just Common Sense - Jane Maidment

Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare

More Than Just Common Sense

By: Jane Maidment (Editor), Ronnie Egan (Editor)

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Human service workers need more than just common sense. Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare offers a comprehensive introduction to practice skills required across the human service sector. The authors use critical analysis to systematically outline the key stages of interaction with clients: engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Drawing on a strengths approach, they examine the skills needed for working with different types of clients: individuals, families and community groups. They also explore the dilemmas faced in daily practice, including the challenges of working with involuntary clients, clients from different cultural backgrounds, and clients in crisis situations.

About the Author

Jane Maidment has been a social work practitioner in mental health and has taught practice skills in Australia and New Zealand. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. Ronnie Egan has extensive experience as a social work practitioner and supervisor in the community sector. She lectures in Social Work at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Tables and figuresp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Contributorsp. ix
Preparing to learn practice skillsp. 1
Introduction: The integrated frameworkp. 3
Skill-based learningp. 18
Anti-oppressive and strengths-based practicep. 35
Delivering helping services online and over the telephonep. 48
Preparing for practicep. 62
Phases of the helping relationship: Engagementp. 79
Developing the helping relationship: Engagementp. 81
Engaging with clients in different contextsp. 101
Engagement with families involved in the statutory systemp. 114
Phases of the helping relationship: Assessmentp. 131
Introduction to collaborative assessmentp. 133
Conducting risk assessmentsp. 148
Collaborative assessment from a cross-cultural perspectivep. 170
Working with familiesp. 181
Phases of the helping relationship: Interventionp. 203
Taking action: Interventionp. 205
Facilitating change through groupworkp. 219
Using constructive challenge during interventionp. 239
Phases of the helping relationship: Evaluation and terminationp. 259
Understanding endings: Evaluation and terminationp. 261
'Finishing well'p. 275
More than 'just the end': Closure work with clientsp. 292
Conclusionp. 305
Conclusionp. 307
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9781741757149
ISBN-10: 1741757142
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised