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Contemporary Social Work Practice: A Handbook for Students
Contemporary Social Work Practice: A Handbook for Students
by Barbra Teater
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.05

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Every social work student should have one, 16 Mar 2014
Social work students and newly qualified social workers may discover that the reality of social work practice differs to what they may have imagined it to be. In addition, owing to resource constraints students aren't always offered their `favoured' placement area during the degree course. Barbra Teater has created an essential resource providing a broad view of the specific and diverse settings within which social work exists. Each chapter defines the context, theoretical underpinnings, a legislative framework and a case example. Each chapter also presents the benefits and challenges of working in a specific setting; this offers a valuable message that a continued awareness of policy and debate is key to understanding the journey of social work and the service users that it may seek to serve, within an anti-oppressive framework.

In her introduction, Teater states " acquiring knowledge is an infinite process; we are continually learning, gaining new knowledge and building upon existing knowledge." (p. 2-3). The significance of this is that a hierarchy of knowledge does not exist, which is creatively represented when considering the diverse group of contributors to this text.

This resource may also be highly useful to established social workers seeking an overview of a specific practice setting in preparation for a change of role.


An introduction to applying social work theories and methods
An introduction to applying social work theories and methods
by Barbra Teater
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be a core text on every social work course!, 3 Aug 2010
Does what it says on the tin....and then some!
The author has successfully transformed the `mystery' and confusion surrounding social work theories and methods into accessible and sense-making tools for study and social work practice.

This text cleverly asserts the importance of theories and methods for social work practice by firstly `rooting' each theory and method within its historical origins before explaining the concept and then further defining its application to practice through a case example. Most importantly, each chapter is rounded off with a comprehensive outline of strengths and limitations.

If there ever was a `good guide to social work theories and methods' this is it; a must for social work students and social work practitioners alike.


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