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Social Work Skills and Knowledge : A Practice Handbook : 3rd Edition - Pamela Trevithick

Social Work Skills and Knowledge

A Practice Handbook : 3rd Edition

Paperback Published: 7th March 2012
ISBN: 9780335238071
Number Of Pages: 432

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Since its first publication in 2000, this best-selling text has been an invaluable resource for thousands of social workers preparing for life in practice. Written by an influential academic-practitioner, it is widely regarded as the leading book in its field.

The third edition has been thoroughly updated to include sections on theoretical, factual and practice knowledge. Key features include:

  • 4 new chapters that integrate theory and practice in a Knowledge and Skills Framework or 'map' of professional practice
  • 80 social work skills and interventions
  • 12 appendices describing a range of different social work approaches
  • A wide range of practice examples linking theory and practice
Social Work Skills is essential reading for all social work students and a valuable reference tool for practising social workers, social services managers and human service professionals.

About the Author

Dr. Pamela Trevithick is Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, UK and the Chair of GAPS, a membership organisation promoting relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. She lectures widely in the UK and abroad on a range of issues relating to effective social work practice.

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Trevithick has a wealth of valuable experience for the student social worker to draw from.

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Part 1: Theories and Theorists

Theoretical knowledge
Factual knowledge
Practice knowledge
Understanding human beings

Part 2: Skills and Interventions

Communication, observation, listening and assessment skills
Interviewing skills
Providing help, direction and guidance
Empowerment, negotiation and partnership skills
Professional competence and accountability

Appendix 1: Behavioural approaches
Appendix 2: Cognitive approaches
Appendix 3: Crisis intervention
Appendix 4: Ecological approach in social work
Appendix 5: Feminist perspectives in social work
Appendix 6: Motivational interviewing
Appendix 7: Person-centred approaches
Appendix 8: Psychological approaches
Appendix 9: Radical and activist perspectives in
social work
Appendix 10: Strengths perspective
Appendix 11: Task-centred approaches
Appendix 12: Stages of change (or cycle of change)


ISBN: 9780335238071
ISBN-10: 0335238076
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 7th March 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised