The Blackwell Companion to Social Work / Edition 3

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Fully revised and restructured, this fresh edition offers students and trainee social workers an incisive and authoritative introduction to the subject. As well as entirely new sections on theory and practice, the expert contributions which have shaped the companion’s leading reputation have been updated and now include innovative standalone essays on social work theory.

  • Comprehensively reworked new edition comprising six substantive sections covering essential topics for trainee social workers – in effect, six books in one
  • Includes an extensive introduction and chapters by leading experts on the focus and purpose of social work
  • Provides a unified textbook for trainees and an invaluable professional reference volume
  • Features a wealth of new material on theory and practice alongside detailed expositions of the social and psychological framework, stages in the human life cycle, and the objectives and core components of social work
  • Each chapter lists five key points to remember, questions for discussion, and 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 at the University of East Anglia, UK, where he taught the university’s Social Work in Society course for twenty years. He came to UEA after a distinguished research career in the UK Home Office and at Manchester University, where he taught criminology, research methods, and research applications. The founding director of UEA’s graduate programme in Social Work, he has authored and edited 12 books, including the previous editions of this volume, as well as more than a hundred scholarly papers. Professor Davies has also served as a research administrator with the Norwich NHS Primary Care Trust, in addition to a five-year term on the Norfolk and Waveney NHS Research Governance Committee with special responsibility for health and social care.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1.1 Poverty and Social Exclusion 7
1.2 Family Breakdown 19
1.3 Child Abuse 30
1.4 Domestic Violence 36
1.5 Ill-health 43
1.6 Physical Disability 50
1.7 The Frailty of Old Age 58
1.8 Mental Illness 64
1.9 Learning Difficulties 72
2.1 Relating Theory to Practice 81
2.2 Anti-discriminatory Practice 88
2.3 Feminist Theory 96
2.4 Task-centred Work 106
2.5 Care Management 114
2.6 Risk Assessment and Management 123
2.7 Welfare Rights Practice 132
2.8 Anger Management 141
2.9 Family Therapy 147
2.10 Groupwork 156
2.11 Cognitive-Behavioural therapy 165
2.12 Person-centred Counselling 175
2.13 Psychoanalytic Theory 183
3.1 Social Work with Children and Families 193
3.2 Social Work and Schools 207
3.3 Social Work, Divorce and the Family Courts 214
3.4 Work with Adult Service Users 221
3.5 Social Work in Health Care Settings 235
3.6 The Practice of Mental Health Social Work 243
3.7 Groupcare and Residential Care 252
3.8 Social Work in the Criminal Justice System 259
3.9 Social Work in Collaboration with Other Professions 266
4.1 Social Work and Society 275
4.2 Social Work and Politics 288
4.3 Gendering the Social Work Agenda 298
4.4 Culture, Ethnicity and Identity 304
4.5 The Family 313
4.6 Sexuality and Sexual Relationships 320
4.7 Psychology and Social Work 330
4.8 The Human Life Cycle: Infancy 342
4.9 The Human Life Cycle: Childhood 348
4.10 The Human Life Cycle: Adolescence 355
4.11 The Human Life Cycle: Nigrescence 365
4.12 The Human Life Cycle: Partnership and Parenting 370
4.13 The Human Life Cycle: Late Life Ageing 378
5.1 Service Users' Perspectives 385
5.2 The Perspective of the Disabled People's Movement 394
5.3 The Carer's Perspective 401
5.4 Black Perspectives 407
5.5 The Research Perspective 415
5.6 The Evidence-based Perspective 424
5.7 A Quality-control Perspective 431
5.8 The Legal Perspective 438
Bibliography 448
Name Index 485
Subject Index 493
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