This popular and innovative core text book explores contemporary social work theories and perspectives in a systematic way, using an integrated and flexible framework to link context, theory, and practice approaches. Healy expertly provides an applied guide to social work theory across a range of organisational contexts, showing social work as a diverse activity that is profoundly shaped by professional purpose, public policy, and practice locations.
This is ideal reading to support and develop undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on Social Work Theories and Methods on qualifying professional programmes. Its international breadth and supportive pedagogical features have ensured the book's value to students of social work all over the world.
Karen Healy is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, Australia. Shehas a strong background in direct social work practiceand has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of four books and numerous papers on many aspects of social work practice and policy studies. She regularly conducts lectures and workshops in Australia and in Europe, particularly in Nordic countries.
Dedication.- Acknowledgements.- Preface.- PART I: STARTING POINTS.- 1. Introduction: Social Work Theories in Context.- PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF PRACTICE.- 2. Dominant Discourses.- 3. Professional Discourses.- 4. Alternative Discourses.- PART III: THEORIES IN USE.- 5. Theory Use in Practice.- 6. Systems Theories.- 7. Problem-Solving Approaches.- 8. Strengths and Solution Focused Practice.- 9. Empowerment Theory.- 10. Critical Social Work Theory.- 11. Postmodernism.- 12. Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index.