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Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice

Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice

Second Edition
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February 2020 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This very practical guide will teach students everything they need to know to successfully apply theory, methods and approaches in real-life practice. It will assist in developing and hone their skills to make the best start in their practice placement and beyond as a newly qualified practitioner.

To get the most out of this book, visit the companion website at to find journal articles, templates, ‘how to’ guides and brand new videos with discussion questions, and a glossary.

Part I: Core Skills
1. Person-Centred Communication
2. Active Listening Skills
3. Communicating with Children
4. Emotionally Intelligent Social Work
5. Developing Empathic Skills
6. Reflection and Reflexivity
7. Understanding Values, Ethics and Human Rights
8. Valuing Difference and Diversity
9. Resilience and Self Care
10. Time Management
Part II: Skills for Assessment and Interventions
11. Assessment Skills
12. Interviewing Skills
13. A Positive Approach to Safeguarding: Risk in Humane Social Work
14. Working with Service Users and Carers
15. Building Resilience in Service Users
16. Conflict Management and Resolution
17. Research-Informed Practice
18. Writing Skills for Practice
19. Inter-Professional Practice and Working Together
20. Maximising Supervision
21. Review and Evaluation
22. Court Skills - Dawn Whitaker
Part III: Key Social Work Theories and Methods
23. Strengths-Based and Solution-Focused Approaches
24. Systems Theory and an Ecological Approach
25. Narrative Social Work
26. Task-Centred Social Work Practice
27. Person-Centred Social Work
28. Group work - Michaela Rogers
29. Attachment Theory: Examining Maternal Sensitivity Scales
30. Grief and Loss
31. Crisis Intervention
32. The Social Models of Disability and Distress
33. Social Work Activism

This is an excellent book particular for first year students in understanding key skills in social work.

Mrs Toni Benaton
Health and Social Care at Derby, Derby University
January 26, 2022

This is a resource that will aid students in understanding the core skills essential for effective practice.

Mrs Nicola Sylvester
Health and Social Work, Hertfordshire University
December 13, 2020

An all rounder in enhancing skills and knowledge for social work practice.

Ms Fungisai Mushawa
Department of Social Work and Health, Nottingham Trent University
June 5, 2020

Michaela Rogers

Dr Michaela Rogers is a lecturer of social work who is involved in both research and teaching across the areas of social care, social justice, equality and diversity, safeguarding, interpersonal violence and gender. Dr Rogers has delivered and worked alongside colleagues on a range of projects in the voluntary and public sector. These projects typically aim to explore social problems in terms of everyday experiences or assess the impact of service delivery or specific policy initiatives. Dr Rogers is a qualified social worker registered with the profession’s regulatory body in England, the Health and Care Professions Council. More About Author

Dawn Whitaker

Dawn Whitaker is a lecturer at Lancaster University and registered independent social work consultant and trainer. Dawn worked as a mental health social worker in the North West of England for many years, before joining a Local Authority training department to deliver teaching on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Dawn subsequently joined the NHS as a locality Mental Capacity Act implementation lead, with particular responsibility for implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). As an Independent Social Worker, Dawn is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor for the Court of Protection, specifically in cases where there is... More About Author

David Edmondson

David was until recently a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He worked for many years as a qualified mental health social worker and service manager in central Manchester. His previous book, Social Work Practice Learning was published by SAGE in 2014.  More About Author

Donna Peach

Donna is a registered social worker whose 30 year career includes a range of positions in therapeutic residential childcare, child protection teams, and CAFCASS. During the last eight years of her career, Donna worked as an expert witness for the family courts. Her academic and research interests are complemented by her role as a critical social psychologist, her PhD is a phenomenological analysis of prospective adoptive parents’ experiences. In addition, Donna has lead roles in several child sexual abuse and exploitation research studies including Rotherham MBC’s, CSE Needs Analysis; Voluntary Action Rotherham’s Base project; Barnardo’s... More About Author