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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition edition (29 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230221807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230221802
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Neil Thompson is an author and independent online tutor whose work is highly acclaimed across the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, but now works with Avenue Media Solutions, providers of high-quality multimedia learning resources (www.avenuelearningcentre.co.uk). He also manages the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community for the people professions (www.apdp.org.uk).

He was responsible for setting up the www.humansolutions.org.uk websites and edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN (www.humansolutions.org.uk/bulletin). He is also a sought-after conference speaker. His website and blog are at www.neilthompson.info.

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'The bible of Social Work'

'This is a book everyone should be able to understand, follow and learn from… A must for students and qualified Social Workers.'

'...covers everything you need to accompany your course and is most definitely my most used book.'

'I bought this before my interview for the social work MA course. Only 10% of applicants made it through and I was one of them, thanks to this book!'

'…it has some great condensed tips for theory and practice. Well, well worth it.'

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A new edition of an engaging introduction to the basics of social work, updated to reflect recent changes in theory and practice to prepare students for their course and their first placement

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Loopy Lou on 28 Oct. 2006
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This book was recommended to me by a 2nd year social work student who said that I would need it when I start the course next september, but it would be really helpful to read before hand for the interview and background reading etc. However I was put off by the price.

I have 'Critical Issues', 'law and social work' and some other introduction-style books and I have become either worryingly confused or bored as I couldnt understand what they were saying! They used a lot of difficult language, esp 'critical issues', and i eventually get frustrated and throw it at the bookshelf.

This one couldnt be more different. Neil Thompson is wonderful at explaining the role of a social worker and things they must understand to practice effectively, eg social policy, values, etc.

Saying this, it probably might be a bit beginner level for trained social workers or maybe 3rd year students, but those like me who are interested in the basics of the practice, without all the showey buzz words, will really appreciate this guide, esp the chapters 'making sense of social work', 'skills base' and 'achieving good practice', well theyre all good but these have really cleared up a lot of things to me.

I would also recommend the latest edition of collins social work dictionary. I have also found this to be a great resource. Its great because if you are reading a more difficult social work book or come across a word or topic that you dont know you can look it up within seconds. I'd imagine this would prove v useful in a lecture too as a quick reference so you can understand what the lecturer is on about for the rest of the hour.

Back to Thompson, if you're interested in social work it is a must book to have. Its has helped me so much and, despite the initial cost, will be invaluable in a uni interview situation. In your first couple of years in uni too, it has some great condensed tips for theory and practice.

Well, well worth it.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
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Having been asked by my University to read other Social Work books for my first year, they were all hard going, except this one. This is a book everyone should be able to understand, follow and learn from. No big fancy words to bog you down. A must for students and qualified Social Workers.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By steve.morrell@btinternet.com on 10 Feb. 2001
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This book describes to good, bad and normal seen in social work. It would help an existing social worker to work better by understanding more. It is also an aid to the student giving them an insight into social work and social work practice. A must for any potential social worker.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By paddy_obrien@lineone.net on 4 Sept. 2001
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An excellent text for students and a guide book for the qualified social worker. A great summary of all areas of the profession.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smailes on 15 Jan. 2008
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Mr Thompson will effortlessly guide you from the point of first considering social work as a career right through your first year of the degree. I would strongly recommend this book to any potential social workers out there. I read this book before my interview at Uni and I am not sure I would have performed so well on the day without its invaluable knowledge. It is extremely reader friendly as well as interesting and informative. It will most likley be on the 1st year reading list for most Universities and probably quoted in lectures and assignments too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 April 2010
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I bought this before my interview for the social work MA course. Only 10% of applicants made it through and I was one of them, thanks to this book! It didn't arrive till a couple of days before interview (so allow about 9 days to order unless you're paying extra for speedy delivery) but was really easy to read, inspiring, honest - and great for an overview of social work. I referred to it in the interview and she seemed impressed. I had about 10 other social work text books and they were all useless in comparison. (but it's helpful to read the web page for 'Guardian Newspaper -society' section as well for more current issues). I was so nervous, but reading this gave me confidence. Very inspiring to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pretty Woman on 16 Aug. 2009
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This book is very easy to understand for someone with no knowledge at all of Social Work. I bought this book because i'd like to study Social work at the university but prior to buying this book had no knowledge in this subject area. This book has given me a good understanding of Social Work. I am more than happy with my buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs LC on 18 April 2007
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Neil Thompson has a style of writing that I find is much more reader friendly than many texts. In this book he covers the basic (but yet overarching principles) of Social Work, this text would be useful for anyone in the Social Work field who wants to refocus on their practice but is particularly relevant for students.
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