The Blackwell Companion to Social Work / Edition 3

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A comprehensive introduction to the field, with contributions from leading experts that illuminate the focus and purpose of social work.
  • New edition of THE leading social work textbook for undergraduates
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of all subject areas relevant to a career in social work
  • Covers the reasons for social work, the application of knowledge to practice, the practice context, and its psychosocial framework
  • Gives detailed coverage of the perspectives of service users, carers and the Disabled People’s Movement
  • The book brings together material on children and families side-by-side with detailed accounts of work with adult service users
  • Each chapter lists five key points, three questions for discussion, and three recommendations for further reading
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Building on the success of the two earlier editions, this third volume represents a substantial addition to the social work literature. The new edition's coverage is comprehensive, informed by research, theory and practice knowledge, and is highly relevant to contemporary social work.”
Mike Stein, University of York

“Already established as an authoritative and accessible text, the Third Edition of the Companion has extended its range and has been substantially updated. It achieves an excellent balance between comprehensiveness and fine detail, demonstrating both the breadth and depth of the social work knowledge base and providing students with a thorough, reliable and well-organised guide to both the discipline and the profession of social work. Moreover, the Companion should prove an important point of reference for social work educators and practitioners.”
Ian Butler, University of Bath

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405170048
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2008
  • Series: Blackwell Companions Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Davies is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where his foundation leadership of the social work programme took it to a leading position in the UK for both research and teaching.
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Table of Contents

List of contributors.

Foreword to the Third Edition.

Introduction: Knowledge, Theory and Social Work Practice (Pat Collingwood, University of Stirling and Martin Davies, University of East Anglia, Norwich).

Part I: Reasons for Social Work.

1. Family Disruption and Relationship Breakdown (Jane Boylan, University of Keele and Graham Allan, University of Keele).

2. Child Abuse (Lorraine Waterhouse, Edinburgh University).

3. Domestic Violence (Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne).

4. Ill-health (Eileen McLeod and Paul Bywaters, University of Coventry).

5. Physical Disability (Deborah Marks, Birkbeck, University of London).

6. The Frailty of Old Age (Chris Phillipson, Keele University).

7. Mental Illness (Peter Huxley, University of Swansea).

8. Learning Disabilities (Kirsten Stalker, University of Strathclyde and Carol Robinson).

9. The Misuse of Drugs and Alcohol (Sarah Galvani, University of Birmingham).

10. Population Movement and Immigration (Beth Humphries).

Part II: Applying Knowledge to Practice.

11. Relating Theory to Practice (David Howe, Sheffield University).

12. Assessment, Intervention and Review (Jonathan Parker, Bournemouth University).

13. Anti-Discriminatory Practice (Neil Thompson, Liverpool Hope University).

14. Feminist Theory (Lena Dominelli, University of Durham).

15. Task-Centred Work (Peter Marsh, University of Sheffield).

16. Care Management (William Horder, Goldsmiths College, University of London).

17. Risk Assessment and Management (Hazel Kemshall, De Montfort University).

18. Welfare Rights Practice (Neil Bateman).

19. Counselling for Social Work (Janet Seden, Open University).

20. Anger Management (David Leadbetter (CALM Training Services Menstrie, Clackmannanshire).

21. Family Therapy (Jan White).

22. Groupwork (Allan Brown, University of Bristol).

23. Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy (Tammie Ronen, Tel Aviv University).

Part III: The Practice Context.

24. Social Work with Children and Families (June Thoburn, University of East Anglia, Norwich).

25. Social Work and Schools (Karen Lyons, London Metropolitan University).

26. Social Work, Divorce and the Family Courts (Adrian L. James, University of Sheffield).

27. Social Work with Adult Service Users (Alison Petch, Dartington Hall Trust, Devon).

28. Social Work in Healthcare Settings (Bridget Penhale, University of Sheffield).

29. Mental Health Social Work (Roger Manktelow, University of Ulster in Derry).

30. Social Work in the Criminal Justice System (Gwen Robinson, University of Sheffield).

31. Social Work in Collaboration with other Professions (Hugh Barr, University of Westminster; David Goosey, University of Westminster; and Mary Webb).

Part IV: Social Work and its Psychosocial Framework.

32. Social Work and Society (Viviene E. Cree, University of Edinburgh).

33. Social Work and Politics (Mark Drakeford, University of Cardiff).

34. Gendering the Social Work Agenda (Audrey Mullender, Ruskin College, Oxford).

35. Culture, Ethnicity and Identity (J. Owusu Bempah, Leicester University).

36. The Family (Graham Allan, University of Keele).

37. Sexuality and Sexual Relationships (Siobhan Lloyd and Seamus Prior, University of Edinburgh).

38. Psychology and Social Work (Brigid Daniel, University of Dundee).

Part V: The Human Life Cycle.

39. Infancy (Gillian Harris, Birmingham University).

40. Childhood (Gillian Schofield, University of East Anglia, Norwich).

41. Adolescence (Martin Herbert, Exeter University).

42. Partnership and Parenting (Janet Walker, Newcastle Centre for Family Studies at Newcastle).

43. Late Life Ageing (Ian Philp, Sheffield University).

Part VI: Perspectives on Social Work:.

44. Service Users' Perspectives (Suzy Croft, St John's Hospice, London and Peter Beresford, Brunel University).

45. The Perspective of the Disabled People's Movement (Sally French, Open University and John Swain, University of Northumbria).

46. The Carer's Perspective (Rose Barton, East of England Regional Assembly in Flempton, Bury St Edmunds).

47. Black Perspectives (Beverley Prevatt Goldstein, Bristol University).

48. The Research Perspective (Nick Gould, University of Bath).

49. The Evidence-Based Perspective (Geraldine Macdonald, Queen's University, Belfast).

50. An Ethical Perspective on Social Work (Richard Hugman, University of New South Wales).

51: A Quality-Control Perspective (Ian Sinclair, York University).

52. The Legal Perspective (Teresa Munby, Ruskin College, Oxford).


Name Index.

Subject Index.

Legislation Index.

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