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Modern Social Work Theory [Paperback]

Malcolm Payne
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17 Jan 2014 0230249604 978-0230249608 4th edition
A revised, reworked and restyled new edition of this worldwide best-seller from a leading social work author. Compact and clearly structured, and featuring all-new material on strengths, narrative and solution focused approaches, it retains its position as the definitive introduction to the theories of social work practice.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 4th edition edition (17 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0230249604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230249608
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 2.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Malcolm Payne is a social work writer based at St Christopher's Hospice in London and Opole University in Poland; he is in Poland three or four times a year.

He has worked in most kinds of social work. Among his jobs were setting up mental health residential and community care projects, coordinating community and third-sector work in Liverpool, which included a lot of work on unemployment. He also chaired a project developing advocacy for young people in care.

For a long time he was a senior academic in the UK, but gave that up in 2002 and moved to work at St Christopher's, where he writes a regular blog at about social work and palliative care policy. He says in the blog: why do people talk about tools in social work and healthcare? It's because they want to seem like practical people, but most so-called tools are just filling out forms.

He also does evaluation projects at St Christophers, and helps people with access to their care records and with family difficulties. For several years was responsible for clinical volunteers, spiritual care, day care and psycho-social care there.

He recently wrote a book with his wife Margaret Reith on Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care; it is dedicated to their granddaughters Allison, who is American, and Eleanor, who is British.

He edits textbooks on social work with Robert Adams and Lena Dominelli: they have long meetings where they argue over everything to do with social work.

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'This text is a tour de force! The new edition is impressive in its scope and consistent application of a social construction perspective. The increased use of diagrams and case illustrations will help students to access some important and complicated aspects of theory.' - Joan Orme, University of Glasgow, UK 'A wonderful resource for students, practitioners, and academics. The new edition is comprehensive and has been brought right up to date, providing clear explanations of the breadth of theories social work has engaged with over time.' - Sarah Wendt, UNISA, Australia 'A really thoroughly revised and updated edition of what is probably the best known and certainly the longest-running UK text on social work theory.' - Chris Beckett, University of East Anglia, UK "I regard Payne's Modern Social Work Theory as a classic and the best of its type. It not only covers theories well for new social workers but is an excellent refresher for more seasoned academics." - Jan Fook, Kingston University, UK

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A revised, reworked and restyled new edition of this worldwide best-seller from a leading social work author

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5.0 out of 5 stars student social workers a much needed book 26 April 2014
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The book arrived fast, it was shiny and new. well descriptive and have everything you need for your theory and ethics classs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Social Work Theory 16 May 2014
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Very good book it relates to Current Social Work courses. Easier to understand than previous editions. Hope you enjoy it.
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Brilliant book, easy to read and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reseource book for social workers! 2 April 2014
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couldn't read the last edition , somehow this is easier to read and therefore the content is absorbed more easily and I am glad I outlaid the money for it. Great resource book for social workers- highly recommend it
5.0 out of 5 stars what is social practice theort? model? 7 April 2014
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this book is a general summary of social practice theory/model.
Not only easy to read, but also it makes me think of a each cahpters theory.
very nice book!
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