Experiencing Social Work: Learning from Service Users

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Overview

In Experiencing Social Work: Learning from Service Users people tell their stories of positive social work and the difference it has made to their lives. The book was inspired by the knowledge of the many positive stories of social work practice and a belief that we can learn more from what goes right than what goes wrong. Follow these stories to understand good practice, reflect on the lessons learned, and to feel uplifted by social work's potential for positive change, support, and social justice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412910224
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/6/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Doel, Ph D, MA (Oxon), CQSW is Research Professor of Social Work at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a registered social worker and was in practice for almost twenty years, including two separate years living and working in the US. His research focuses on groupwork, social work practice and practice education and he has an international reputation in these fields.

Professor Doel is widely published. His fifteenth book, Social Work Placements: a traveller's guide (Routledge) introduces readers to Socialworkland, a travel guide approach to practice learning. Other recent books include: Educating Professionals: practice learning in health and social care (Ashgate, with Shardlow) which explores how students learn their practice in nine different professions, using a virtual local community to bring the professions together; Experiencing Social Work: learning from service users (Sage, with Best) which tells the stories of service users who have had positive experiences of social work and reflects on what we can learn from this; Using Groupwork (Routledge) and The Task-Centred Book (Routledge, with Marsh). He is co-editor of the journal Groupwork and founding co-editor of the journal, Social Policy and Social Work in Transition, published in Republic of Georgia.

Mark directs a 3-year, EU-funded project to develop social work education and research in the republic of Georgia and the Ukraine and he is a consultant with UNICEF and Every Child. He leads training workshops in practice education and groupwork.

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Table of Contents

Introduction f003 "I have to be frank, when I volunteered my story I was sceptical about what difference telling it could make. But now I am convinced.
Learning from Humerah
 "When people see me they think 'physical disability', but actually it's my mental health"
Learning from Mandy
"She gave space for me to talk about my situation from my point of view"
Learning from Mrs Corbett
"At one point she took over marvellously, but It's OK because I feel in charge"
Learning from Nina
"Even in really bad rain she'd come here to do the forms"
Learning from Leone
"You wouldn't have thought it was a children's home - it had a lounge, it had a dining room, the plates weren't green "
Learning from Julia
"I'd heard 'The-Day-We-Picked-You-Up-From-The-Social-Workers' story, but never anything about 'The-Night-That-I-Was-Born'
Learning from John
"I instantly felt as though I was being listened to and that I had a chance of being seen as normal "
Learning from Self-advocates
"Social workers are very much needed - desperately"
Learning from Families: Parents Talking, Children Drawing
"I thought social workers took children away, but they listen ... I don't think I would have got through the last two years without them'
Learning from Positive Experiences: Key themes
"Then two years ago my social worker changes... my relationship has changes beyond belief "
From positive practices to a positive service
Nina muses that it is a matter of luck as to who [which social worker] you get.

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