How to be a Social Worker: A Critical Guide for Students

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Through the course of studying social work and beyond it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect upon what it is to be a social worker, such are the demands of the process of qualification and the role itself.

Using this as a starting point, How to be a Social Worker critically examines the knowledge base of social work – from human growth and development to social work research – and explores how your own values, principles and ...

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Overview

Through the course of studying social work and beyond it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect upon what it is to be a social worker, such are the demands of the process of qualification and the role itself.

Using this as a starting point, How to be a Social Worker critically examines the knowledge base of social work – from human growth and development to social work research – and explores how your own values, principles and experience combine to shape your social work identity and practice alongside this.

Stimulating your thinking in new ways, both about yourself and your life as a social worker, this book:

• Uses a number of innovative exercises and case studies to help you to
actively apply theory to practice.
• Encourages reflexive thinking to support you in developing your own
social work identity.
• Considers the ways in which your social work identity can be
maintained when working alongside other professional groups.

Linked to a range of core modules on pre-qualifying social work programmes but written also for those practitioners committed to nurturing their own social work identities, How to be a Social Worker is a must have text from one of social work's most up-and-coming authors.

Priscilla Dunk-West is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of South Australia, Australia. A sociologist and social worker, Priscilla has held university appointments in both Australia and England, teaching across a wide range of modules on the Social Work curriculum.

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'The author ... demonstrates how the book will be presented in a clear and accessible format, with the added strength of interactive, engaging activities and exercises for the reader.' - Karin Crawford, Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Lincoln, UK

'The book has a clear structure which is easy to follow' - Hugh McLaughlin, Professor of Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

'The author's enthusiasm is apparent and a real strength.' - Steve Myers, Associate Head Engagement/Director of Social Work Engagement, University of Salford, UK

'The author is on to something here in the sense of proposing a book, the content of which crosses different curricular areas, both theoretical and skills-based, within the broad rubric of encouraging/developing a social work identity.' Mark Smith, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Edinburgh, UK

'This will be a useful addition to the literature with its strong emphasis on practical reader-centred learning.' - Martin Sheedy, Programme Leader for Social Work, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230370166
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/7/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Priscilla Dunk-West is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University, UK. A sociologist and social worker, Priscilla has held university appointments in both Australia and England, teaching across a wide range of modules on the Social Work curriculum; her research interests include everyday sexuality and sociology and social theory in social work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Social Work Self
2. Human Development
3. Communication Skills
4. Social Work Theory
5. Everyday Ethics
6. Practice Learning in Organisational Settings
7. Research in Social Work
8. 'Doing' Social Work: Constituting the Professional Self

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