Humanistic principles are at the heart of social work, yet they are often overlooked in the managerial drive for better control of risk, resources and procedures.
In this wide-ranging new book, Malcolm Payne develops a framework for social work practice that bring the profession's humanistic values to the forefront. He identifies positive fulfilment in social relationships as a key aim of the profession and reaffirms the importance of developing a fair and equal society. Importantly the book:
* Charts the ideas that inform humanistic social work and identifies the principles and aims that define its successful practice, including human rights, accountability and empowerment.
* Explores how creative, artistic and spiritual practices can be integrated with evidence-based and research-informed approaches to enrich professionals' work with service users.
* Draws on a wide range of case material to illustrate how tools and concepts work in practice.
* Uses charts and diagrams clearly and effectively to demonstrate and explain the relationship between sometimes complex sets of ideas.
This is a timely and informative book by one of social work's most respected commentators. It will appeal to students enrolled on qualifying and post-qualifying courses and offers positive reading for those working in practice.
MALCOLM PAYNE Policy and Development Adviser at St Christopher's Hospice, London, and a Visiting Professor at Opole University, Poland. His main publications include Social Care Practice in Context (2008), Modern Social Work Theory (third edition 2005), The Origins of Social Work: Continuity and Change (2005) and Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care.
Introduction.- Humanity.- Accountability: Psychological Efficacy and Social Agency.- Achieving Personal and Social Equality.- Flexibility in Human Life and Professional Practice.- Complexity in Human Life and Professional Practice.- Achieving Caring and Creativity in Practice.- Developing Self and Spirituality in Practice.- Developing Security and Resilience in Practice.- Conclusion: Humanistic Practice Needs Developments in Research.- Bibliography.- Index.