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Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice Paperback – 25 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (25 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140585846X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405858465
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A key text, an excellent read, and highly recommended.'

Professor David Howe, University of East Anglia, Norwich

' this text comes as a breath of fresh air by placing relationships once more at the heart of social work practice… whilst also meeting the needs of students in the context of modern social work education.'

Professor Adrian James, University of Sheffield

'not simply an introductory summary and tour of the field, but  provides students with a clear framework and foundation for locating their practice through the rest of their studies, future training and professional careers ... This is an ambitious and very impressive book which will make a valuable and significant contribution.'

Nigel Parton, NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield

' I will certainly use this text with social work students on placement and newly qualified social workers.'

Dawn Maxwell, Children’s Services and Learning Directorate, Southampton City Council

Social Work: An introduction to contemporary practice is an exciting, new and uniquely comprehensive introduction to the field. Essential knowledge and skills are examined with authority and depth, and key debates approached in an accessible, informative and engaging way. Underpinned by research and advice to make close illustrative links with practice, this text will stimulate interest and actively engage the reader.

Richly supported throughout with examples and real-life case scenarios, the authors encourage the reader to adopt a critical and reflective approach. Furthermore, as social work exists to help people through complex and painful transitions in life, the book sets the relationship at the heart of social work practice.

Key features

  • Covers the five compulsory elements to degree-level qualification human growth and development; assessment, planning, intervention and review; law for social workers; communicating with people; inter-professional working
  • A range of in-text features including reflective questions, summaries, case studies with questions, closer look boxes, professional tips, further reading and websites, and practical activities  encourage reflection, engagement and extension
  • Chapters are directly linked to National Occupational Standards
  • National variations in social work processes and laws are integrated within the text
  • Specialist contributions on areas such as drugs, youth offending, social care, the law and disability
  • Companion website containing extra case studies and chapter-by-chapter links to further interactive, multimedia resources.

This text will be essential reading for social work students on undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes, newly qualified social workers and practitioners in a variety of settings.

Kate Wilson is Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.

Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.

Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, University of East London and the Tavistock Clinic, London.

Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.

 

Visit theSocial Work: An introduction to contemporary practice Companion Website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/wilsonruch to find valuable learning material, including:

  • Links to interactive and virtual learning materials including those produced for the Learning Exchange of the Instituteof Researchand Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

  • A list of additional ‘media resources’ (video, novels, film, TV) for each chapter, illustrating how topics and themes of social work are creatively and vividly explored in popular media.

  • Additional case study material.

About the Author

Kate Wilson is Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.
Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer in Social Work Studies, University of Southampton.
Mark Lymbery is Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham.
Andrew Cooper is Professor of Social Work, Tavistock Clinic and the University of East London.

Each author has wide experience of social work education and helping students to integrate learning into their practice.


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Have found this a really good textbook for giving you an overview of most Social Work modules. Well presented and very accessible. Good for assignments and signposting further research.Very good value for what you get.
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This is probably one of the best books on Social Work that I have read (I am doing my MA in Social Work). It covers all the different disciplines (eg older adults, mental health, childrens), theories and has a very thorough section on lifespan development. The language within the book is easy to understand and theories are clearly explained. If you want one book that will be relevant to every module on your course, this is it!
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I feel this book goes into a lot more detail than most generic textbooks I have looked at. It will be useful for every module of my course and it was published recently so it's pretty up to date. I like the layout and it isn't too difficult to understand with no or little background knowledge. It was recommended to me by two of my lecturers and I can understand why!
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I wish i would have brought this in my first year as i would have saved money buying others. Has all topics covered in my learning to date I can rely on finding any information required for learning to date. from communication to research. great book worth the buy
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I bought this book at the start of my first year and it has been such a help. It has so much information in it, from theory to legislation, working with children and adults. I bought lots of books in my first semester but in hindsight, this one would have been sufficent. Buy It!
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This is a great book for social work students. the information is easy to read and understandable. and it has such a wide range of information but still very detailed. since ive got it ive used it in every essay and piece of work ive written. def worth buying this!!
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