A Textbook of Social Work

A Textbook of Social Work

By: Brian Sheldon (author), Geraldine MacDonald (author)Paperback

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Where did professional social work originate from? How effective are social work interpretations in the lives of vulnerable people? A Textbook of Social Work provides a comprehensive discussion of social work practice and its evidence-base. It strikes a balance between the need for social workers to understand the social, economic, cultural, psychological and interpersonal factors which give rise to clients' problems, and the need for them to know how best to respond with practical measures. Divided into three parts: the text covers the history and of social work as a movement and profession in the first, and social work methods and approaches in the second. The final part looks at the major specialisms, including, among others, chapters on: * Children and families * Youth Offenders and substance misusers * Social work and mental health * Disabled people * Older People Providing a comprehensive guide to conceptual and methodological issues in social work and containing plentiful case studies and examples, this book is an essential read for social work students, as well as a valuable resource for practitioners and academics.

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Brian Sheldon is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Research at the University of Exeter, UK. He was previously Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Social Services in its medical school Geraldine Macdonald is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Institute of Child Care Research at Queen's University Belfast, UK. Previously, she was Director of Information and Knowledge Management at the Commission for Social Care Inspection.


Part 1: The history and development of social work 1. A Brief History of Social Work 2. Theory and Practice in Social Work 3. General Trends from Studies of the Effectiveness of Social Work 4. Evidence-based Practice Part 2: Social Work Methods and Approaches, including assessment procedures 5. Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation 6. Social Casework and Task-Centered Casework 7. Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches 8. Systemic Approaches, Including Family Therapy 9. Social Work and Community Work Part 3: Client groups 10. Social Work with Children and Families 11. Social Work with Looked After Children 12. Social Work with Young Offenders 13. Social Work and Mental Health 14. Social Work with People with Disabilities 15. Social Work with Older People

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780415347211
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780415347211
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0415347211

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