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Essential Theory for Social Work Practice


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Social Work & Social Policy

216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice is an engaging and readable text, with a distinctively realistic and honest approach to the realities of everyday practice. In this innovative and highly accessible textbook, author Chris Beckett explains how a sound understanding of social work theory can improve the knowledge and skills base of professional practice.

Framed in a comprehensive and logical structure Part I establishes what social workers do and the tools they need; Part II considers how to assess, handle, and support change in others; Part III explores the wide range of roles that social workers must fulfill; and Part IV strengthens these links between theory and practice.

Exercises, case examples, chapter summaries, and practice notes are used to great effect in each chapter, enabling students to apply theory to practice as they progress through the book. Essential Theory for Social Work is an invaluable core text for all undergraduate social work students, and offers excellent support for practitioners in their every day practice.

 
PART ONE: THEORY AND PRACTICE
 
What Is Social Work?
 
The Social Work Toolkit
 
What Do We Mean by 'Theory'?
 
PART TWO: IDEAS ABOUT CHANGE
 
Cause and Effect
 
New Possibilities
 
Different Levels
 
Tasks and Crises
 
PART THREE: IDEAS ABOUT ROLES
 
Advocacy and Empowerment
 
Working with Others
 
Coercive Powers
 
PART FOUR: IT'S ALL VERY WELL IN THEORY
 
Rhetoric and Reality
 
The Limits of Theory

This helps students to get a feel for the reality of how social workers use different theories and perspectives in practice.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
February 19, 2014

This book identifies and discusses the use of theory in social work and the main theories which can be helpful in understanding behaviour and promoting positive change.

Ms Sarah Cresswell
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Hull University
December 11, 2012

A useful introduction to the complex area of theory and practice

Mr Joe Smeeton
School of Social Work, University of East Anglia
September 13, 2012

Very important text for students on qualifying courses

Dr Shepard Masocha
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research, University of Kent
May 18, 2012

Excellent: language / content pitched at just the right level and an interesting read.

Ms Sue Olney
Family & Community Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
March 20, 2012

Good readable text on theory, providing useful theoretical underpinning for the student out on practice placement

Mrs Marie Ramsden
Department of Social Work, Hull University
November 8, 2011

A good basic introduction to the concept of theories. Particularly useful for those students who are still daunted by the significance and the application of recognised practices in daily practicum experiences. Less useful for those students with a firmer grasp of theoretical approaches who are looking for detailed information on the strengths and deficits of a specific approach.

Mrs Judith Bell
Department of Social Work, Oxford Brookes University
August 11, 2011

This is a useful text for all three levels of the BA SocialWork and for the Post qualifyuing SW course with Adults. Gives a good reminder and summary of theories

Mrs Marilyn Frost
Social Work, Southampton Solent University
April 18, 2011

A good book for students to follow. Especially students who have problems with understanding application.

Mrs Julie Murphy
Division of Social Work, Huddersfield University
October 5, 2010

Will be a valuable suggestion for our third year students in thie final year

Mr Mike Ogley
Health,Life& Social Sciences, Lincoln University
July 28, 2010

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Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team.  Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was with children and families.He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the... More About Author

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