Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

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Overview

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice is an engaging and readable text, with a distinctively realistic and honest approach to the realities of everyday practice. In this innovative and highly accessible textbook, author Chris Beckett explains how a sound understanding of social work theory can improve the knowledge and skills base of professional practice.

Framed in a comprehensive and logical structure Part I establishes what social workers do and the tools they need; Part II considers how to assess, handle, and support change in others; Part III explores the wide range of roles that social workers must fulfill; and Part IV strengthens these links between theory and practice.

Exercises, case examples, chapter summaries, and practice notes are used to great effect in each chapter, enabling students to apply theory to practice as they progress through the book. Essential Theory for Social Work is an invaluable core text for all undergraduate social work students, and offers excellent support for practitioners in their every day practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412908733
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Beckett is a principal lecturer in social work at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

He is a bestselling author for SAGE and an award winning sci-fi writer. His books include, Human Growth and Development - 2e (2010), Essential Theory for Social Work Practice (2006), Child Protection - 2e (2007) and Values and Ethics in Social Work (2005).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theory and practice 1
1 What is social work? 3
2 The social work toolkit 16
3 What do we mean by 'theory'? 29
Pt. II Ideas about change 43
4 Cause and effect 45
5 New possibilities 64
6 Different levels 81
7 Tasks and crises 98
Pt. III Ideas about roles 115
8 Advocacy and empowerment 117
9 Working with others 132
10 Coercive powers 150
Pt. IV It's all very well in theory 169
11 Rhetoric and reality 171
12 The limits of theory 185
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