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Professional Development in Social Work : Complex Issues in Practice - Sarah Matthews

Professional Development in Social Work

Complex Issues in Practice

By: Sarah Matthews (Editor), Mick McCormick (Editor), Alun Morgan (Editor), Janet Seden (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th September 2010
ISBN: 9780415553360
Number Of Pages: 226

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Social work practice in the twenty-first century is continually changing. Contemporary practitioners work in complex areas and have to do so quickly and competently. This text helps qualified social workers, as well as those about to qualify, to build on their initial studies in order to develop professionally.

The volume considers not only what you need to know to practise, but how you develop in criticality and capability — in particular, how you can respond effectively in times of uncertainty and change to become more effective. It examines new roles, identities and contexts, including some international perspectives and the impact of globalization. Each chapter discusses the contexts of practice (such as law, policies and theories); the contributions made both by those who practise social work and those who use its services; and the capabilities and skills that social workers need to develop in order to deal with complexity in social work.

Making use of The Open University's expertise in providing cutting—edge but accessible course materials and its distinct approach to social work practice, this textbook includes underpinning knowledge, practical applications and critical reflexivity. It includes questions for further reflection and application, plentiful examples and suggestions for further reading.

Aimed at the newly qualified practitioner and the developing professional, Professional Development in Social Work is written by a team of authors with extensive practice and teaching experience. It will be particularly useful to students undertaking post-qualifying training or in the final year of their qualifying studies.

Janet Seden is Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK.

Sarah Matthews is Staff Tutor at The Open University. She was a Mental Health Act Commissioner and also runs a training and consultancy business.

Mick McCormick is Lecturer in social work with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK.

Alun Morgan is Lecturer in social work with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK.

List of contributorsp. viii
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
Complex contextsp. 1
Effective multi-agency work in children's servicesp. 3
Policy swings and roundabouts: social work in shifting social and economic contextsp. 10
Criticality and reflexivity: best practice in uncertain envionmentsp. 17
Reflections on values and ethics in social work practicep. 24
A social worker 'in work or outside work': the benefits and dilemmas of registrationp. 30
Diverse service users and diverse workers: the impact of globalizationp. 37
Professional identity and international social work: the view from afarp. 44
Complex roles, responsibilities and relationshipsp. 51
The use of self and relationship: swimming against the tide?p. 55
Refugees and asylum seekers: the social work rolep. 63
Youth justice: children in trouble or children in need?p. 69
Children with disabilities: international perspectives for developing practicep. 76
The changing role of social workers in developing contexts for mental health professionalsp. 83
With respect to old agep. 90
The well-being of people with learning disabilitiesp. 97
Poliies and practice with 'vulnerable' adultsp. 104
Untangling the web of service user involvement in social services workp. 110
Person-centred approaches to social work with older people aspirations and contradictionsp. 118
People who use services: finding a voice through ICTp. 126
Child and family focused work in children's servicesp. 132
Complex challenges in the workplacep. 139
Learning in practice: some reflections on the student's journeyp. 143
Technology-enhanced learning for social work education and practicep. 150
An innovative approach to the study and practice of social work valuesp. 157
Reflections on writing in social work education and practicep. 163
Caring for yourself, being managed and professional developmentp. 171
Careering through social work: metaphors of continuing professional developmentp. 178
Continuing professional development: enhancing high-quality practicep. 185
lEndnotep. 192
Referencesp. 194
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415553360
ISBN-10: 0415553369
Series: Post-Qualifying Social Work
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 8th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1