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Writing Skills for Social Workers

Writing Skills for Social Workers

Third Edition

March 2019 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Social work students are required to communicate in writing across a variety of practice methods and contexts. This book has been designed to help develop the skills to do this with confidence during their qualifying degree and throughout their professional career. The book covers a wide range of writing skills, including writing case-notes, report and proposal writing, completing a literature review, writing journal articles and successful funding applications. New content include: 

·       New material on confidentiality and the use of encryption.

·       Reference to recent changes to regulation and new material on the pressures of staying up-to-date with new technology.

·       Extended coverage of collaborative writing and group working skills.

·       Up-to-date references, further reading and links to professional standards and CPD.

Part 1: Essential Elements of Written Communication
Chapter 1: Written Communication: Getting your message across
Chapter 2: Managing Information for Writing
Part 2: Writing Skills in Daily Practice
Chapter 3: Writing in Direct Practice: Email, texting, messaging and letters
Chapter 4: Writing Case Records
Chapter 5: Writing Reports and Affidavits
Part 3: Macro-Practice Writing Skills: Obtaining Resources and Creating Change
Chapter 6: Writing for Local and Mass Media
Chapter 7: Writing for Social Media
Chapter 8: Writing Funding Applications
Chapter 9: Writing Policy Proposals
Part 4: Influencing Your Professional Context
Chapter 10: Writing a Literature Review
Chapter 11: Writing Journal Articles and Conference Papers
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Professional Writing in Diverse Practice Contexts

Effective, clear and communicative writing skills is a highly skilled and intellectual activity for social workers. This 3rd  edition of Healy and Mulholland's  "Writing Skills for Social Workers" continues to acknowledge and resource students, teachers and practitioners with valuable techniques, tools and practices to be effective communicators. Written in a clear and engaging style this new, revised and updated edition will continue to be a valuable reference text for all practitioners who want to enhance their effectiveness and bringing about positive outcomes by utilising effective writing and communication skills.

Carolyn Noble
Carolyn Noble, Professor Social Work, ACAP

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Karen Healy

Professor Karen Healy is a social work educator and researcher based at The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. She has written five books in the field of social work including works on theory for practice and social work methods and skills. Professor Healy has also written numerous journal articles in a broad range of social work and social policy topics including: professional practice; international comparison of child welfare systems; workforce issues and professional recognition. Professor Healy conducts professional writing workshops with social workers and is involved in research and evaluation of social work practice and... More About Author

Joan Mulholland

Associate Professor Joan Mulholland has researched and taught at the universities of London and Queensland over a long period and is currently an Honorary Researcher at the School of English Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. She has published on language skills in a range of practice such as business, health and social work, and on the persuasive tactics which can help all professional writers and speakers  achieve their goals. She has always been concerned that, in the changing world of professional practice of all kinds, people can enhance their communication efficiency with the range of different people they... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781473969179