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Writing Skills for Social Workers

Third Edition


March 2019 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

As a social worker, you are required to communicate in writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

This text guides you through all you need to know to develop your social work writing skills:

  • Essential elements of written communication
  • Writing skills in daily practice
  • Macro-practice writing skills: obtaining resources and creating change
  • Influencing your professional context

Now with two new chapters on writing for local mass media and writing for social media.

Hot tips for effective writing, reflective exercises & further reading are included in every chapter to help you cement your skills and become a confident and effective written communicator.

 
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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