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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

I think this book is an exceptional book in that gives a very good introduction to social work theory and is very user-friendly. therefore I decided to have it as essential reading on my course of Methods in Social Work.

Ms Daniella Zerafa
Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Malta
July 12, 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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