Social workers are required to communicate in writing for a range of purposes and audiences. The new edition of this best-selling book aims to raise the profile of writing skills in social work practice. It encourages the development of writing techniques which will stand the reader in good stead throughout their professional career.
Examples of the types of writing covered include:
- Literature reviews
- Journal articles
- Funding applications.
Reflective exercises, hot tips for effective writing and further reading are included in each chapter. The book is also linked to the professional standards that structure training, practice and continuing professional development.
It will be an essential study guide for all students, practitioners and managers in social work settings.
Professor Karen Healy is a social work educator and researcher based at The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. She has written five books in the field of social work including works on theory for practice and social work methods and skills. Professor Healy has also written numerous journal articles in a broad range of social work and social policy topics including: professional practice; international comparison of child welfare systems; workforce issues and professional recognition. Professor Healy conducts professional writing workshops with social workers and is involved in research and evaluation of social work practice and social policies. Associate Professor Joan Mulholland has researched and taught at the universities of London and Queensland over a long period and is currently an Honorary Researcher at the School of English Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. She has published on language skills in a range of practice such as business, health and social work, and on the persuasive tactics which can help all professional writers and speakers achieve their goals. She has always been concerned that, in the changing world of professional practice of all kinds, people can enhance their communication efficiency with the range of different people they will meet in their working lives.
PART ONE: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Written Communication Getting Your Message Across Managing Information for Writing PART TWO: WRITING SKILLS IN DAILY PRACTICE From email to Twitter Writing Case Records Report Writing PART THREE: MACRO-PRACTICE WRITING SKILLS: OBTAINING RESOURCES AND CREATING CHANGE Writing for Community Practice Writing Funding Applications Writing Policy Proposals PART FOUR: INFLUENCING YOUR PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT Writing a Literature Review Writing Journal Articles and Conference Papers Conclusion: Professional Writing in Diverse Practice Contexts Bibliography Index