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Social Work : Themes, Issues and Critical Debates - Robert Adams

Social Work

Themes, Issues and Critical Debates

By: Robert Adams (Editor), Lena Dominelli (Editor), Malcolm Payne (Editor)

Paperback Published: 16th April 2009
ISBN: 9780230218659
Number Of Pages: 432

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Social Work : Themes, Issues and Critical Debates, one of the most respected and widely used textbooks in social work, has now been completely revised and updated. With its accessible and clearly structured framework, the book offers expert discussion of the core topics in social work by top writers, teachers and practitioners in the field. It provides an essential grounding in the debates that shape the profession, as well as a clear insight into the issues at the heart of practice.

What makes this highly regarded and best-selling book stand out from other texts? -

  • Its range, authority and theoretical integrity.
  • Its clear and effective structure, which reflects major shifts in teaching and makes it easy to use across modules.
  • The importance it lays on practice-based learning and on developing core practice skills such as communication, assessment and intervention.
  • Its value as a springboard to further reading (including extensive guidance on further print and electronic sources)
  • Its compact size - perfect for readers who are travelling between campus and practice settings.
This is one of three interrelated books edited by the internationally renowned and widely published team, Robert Adams, Lena Dominelli and Malcolm Payne. The companion books are Critical Practice in Social Work (second edition) and Practising Social Work in a Complex World. Each book can be used alone or in combination with the other two as a uniquely flexible and comprehensive programme of study.

About the Authors

Robert Adams is Visiting Professor of Social Work in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside, UK. He has a considerable writing and publishing track record, for example as author of Social Policy for Social Work (Palgrave Macmillan), editor of Foundations of Health and Social Care (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), consultant editor for the Handbook of Postqualifying Social Work (Jessica Kingsley 2007).

Lena Dominelli is Professor of Applied Social Sciences and Head of Social and Community and Youth Work at the University of Durham, UK. She is an academician in the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences. From 1996 to 2004, she served as President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). She is widely published, with a number of important sole-authored books to her name, particularly in the areas of feminism and anti-racism. These include - Social Work : Theory and Practice in a Changing Profession (Polity Press, 2004); Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice ; and Anti-Racist Social Work (3rd edition).

Malcolm Payne is Adviser (Policy and Devleopment) St Christopher's Hospice. He is also Emeritus Professor of Community Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Honorary Professor, Kingston University St George's Medical School. He is author of the global best-seller, Modern Social Work Theory, as well as numerous other books including Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care and The Origins of Social Work and Social Work Practice in Context.

Praise for this edition: 'It is refreshing to see an excellent text updated and improved so clearly.' -Chris Kelly, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, UK 'This book forms part of an excellent triology of interrelated books...an invaluable book which is and will be a 'must have' for all social work students. As the blurb on the cover states it is no wonder that for many it is the 'social work bible'. - Practice: Social Work in Action 'As accessible and as readable as ever.' -Elaben Mistry Jackson, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Bradford, UK Praise for the second edition 'A comprehensive second edition of what has become our most popular text for social work students, some of whom refer to it as the 'social work bible' -Debbie Williams, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK 'Excellent introductory reader that is a 'must' for all social work first year trainees.' -Professor Andrew Pithouse, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK Praise for the first edition '...extremely good value for money; an essential for everyone's shelves.' -British Journal of Social Work

Towards a critical understanding of social work
Knowledge for Social Work Practice
Positioning social work
The changing nature of social work
Values, ethics and social work
Anti-oppressive practice
The wider significance of social work
Social policy, poverty and social work
Social work and the law
Social work and organisations
Perspectives on the life course: childhood and adolescence
Perspectives on the life course
Researching social work
Social Work Process
Understanding the social work process
Communication in social work
Working with service users and carers
Intervention and empowerment
Alternative intervention: the mind-body-spirit perspective
Monitoring, review and evaluation
The Practice Environment
Working with children, young people and families
Adult services and health-related social work
Working with the voluntary and community sectors; M.Payne
Practice planning
Personal and professional development
Concluding comments
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ISBN: 9780230218659
ISBN-10: 0230218652
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 16th April 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 17.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised