'This text is a valuable resource for all those engaged in post qualifying social work practice, whether as candidates on PQ programmes, educators or managers. It is impressive in its coverage of contemporary social work practice across the four countries of the UK. Each contribution stands alone, but I would strongly recommend reading the text as a whole (from beginning to end) as Parts 3 and 4 address a range of pertinent issues for developing post qualifying practice across the profession' - Jackie Powell, Professor of Social Work Studies, University of Southampton. This core textbook provides an authoritative overview of the post qualifying awards in social work. Written in response to recent policy and training guidelines, the book will help social workers enhance their post qualifying knowledge, skills and values within specialist areas of practice.
The book: uses critical self-appraisal to construct different ways of thinking about and doing social work; encourages reflection on their practice; enables social workers to build confidence in their professional identity; moves from competence to increased capability and to expertise; helps social workers to explore values dilemmas; increases social workers' knowledge for practice; and, promotes learning and career development. "Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice" examines core assumptions about post-qualifying practice - that values and relationships (including partnerships with service users) are essential to good practice, that social workers will work in diverse organisational structures and that social workers in the United Kingdom should become aware of European models of social work. Patricia Higham is a registered social worker and an independent social work consultant. She is a non-executive director of an NHS primary care trust and emeritus professor at Nottingham Trent University. She has been appointed Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Northampton.
Patricia Higham is a registered social worker and an independent social work consultant. She is a non-executive director of an NHS primary care trust and emeritus professor at Nottingham Trent University. She has been appointed Visiting Professor of Social Work at the University of Northampton. She has written Social Work: Introducing Professional Practice (SAGE, 2006).
Preface - Stuart Brook List of contributors Introduction What is post qualifying social work practice? - Patricia Higham PART ONE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR PQ PRACTICE - Patricia Higham Continuing professional development and post qualifying social work frameworks - Patricia Higham flagships for social work reform or sinking ships? Consolidating values in PQ practice - Kish Bhatti-Sinclair Partnerships with people who use service and carers - Patricia Higham and Claire Torkington PART TWO SPECIALIST PRACTICE - Patricia Higham Children, young people, their families and carers - Celia Doyle and Susan Kennedy PQ social work practice in mental health - Ric Bowl Social work and older people, - a view from over Offa's Dyke - Aled Wyn Griffiths, Joanna Griffiths and Averil Jarrett Engaging with the social model of disability - Bob Sapey Learning disability - Kathy Boxall and Speakup Self Advocacy and Eastwood Action Group European skills and models: the relevance of the social pedagogue - Jacob Kornbeck and Eunice Lumsden PART THREE PQ FUNCTIONS - Patricia Higham Inter-professional learning and multi-professional practice for PQ - Roger Smith Research and reflective practice - Eithne Darragh and Brian Taylor Practice education - Patricia Higham and Mavis Sharp Leadership and management - Victoria Stewart, Laurence Taylor Clarke, and Joyce Lishman PART FOUR LEARNING ORGANISATIONS AND CRITICALITY - Patricia Higham Employment perspectives - Nicholas Blinston and Patricia Higham PQ issues, career development and criticality - Patricia Higham
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