Social work skills are essential to good practice and more important than ever following changes to the social work curriculum. Students must be able to demonstrate knowledge of core skills within policy, law as well as demonstrating empathy and good communication. This fully-revised student guide, previously published as Social Work Skills with Adults, will help to cement these skills and includes chapters on intervention, empowerment and advocacy, skills for collaborative working, self-presentation and much more.
This book will equip social work students with the skills to meet the new and perennial challenges to achieving empowering practice with carers and people who use services.
There are chapters on working with families, communities and individuals and how social policy affects all of these groups. Case studies and reflective exercises are used throughout to explore these issues and help link theory to practice.
Andy Mantell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Chichester. He has worked in a range of social work settings and specialised as a hospital social worker in the field of neuro-disability. During this period he also qualified as an Approved Social Worker and Practice Teacher. He completed his DPhil. in Social Work and Social Policy at Sussex University in 2006. His research interests include Huntington's disease, acquired brain injury, mental health, disability and mental capacity.
PART ONE: MANAGING SELF Reflective Practice Self Presentation Written Presentation of Self Skills for Self-Management PART TWO: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS Skills for Empowerment, Participation and Advocacy Skills for Engagement Communication Skills PART THREE: WORKING WITH OTHERS Skills for Collaborative Working Skills for Group Work Negotiation Skills PART FOUR: MAKING SENSE OF A COMPLEX WORLD Applying Legislation and Policy Assessing Need Skills in Working with Risk Decision Making Conclusion