Social Work: From Theory to Practice

Social Work: From Theory to Practice

by Marie Connolly, Louise Harms
     
 

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Social workers practice across a wide range of settings with many different people. Some work primarily with individuals, some work with families or groups of people in therapeutic or community contexts, while others focus on community advocacy, community action and social change. In such diverse disciplinary contexts, the notion of theoretically informed practice can

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Social workers practice across a wide range of settings with many different people. Some work primarily with individuals, some work with families or groups of people in therapeutic or community contexts, while others focus on community advocacy, community action and social change. In such diverse disciplinary contexts, the notion of theoretically informed practice can seem complicated. Written as a core text, the book captures the critical information students need to feel confident in the application of theory to practice. Integrated case studies from both Australasian and international perspectives illustrate how theory works in practice and how theory facilitates change. Social Work Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive exploration of knowledge in practice, the use of evidence as a basis for practice, and the ways in which theory helps practitioners to understand, make sense of, and respond to complex human needs.

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'A refreshingly good read that covers impressive ground in an accessible way.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133623
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Marie Connolly: Marie has recently joined Melbourne University after 5 years as Chief Social Worker, a senior executive within the New Zealand government. In this role she was involved in strategically reforming the NZ child welfare system, provided social work leadership across the sector and provided advice to the Minister, the head of the Ministry of Social Development and the child welfare service within the Ministry. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has published extensively in her area of scholarship including recent books: lives cut short: child death by maltreatment (2007); Morals, rights and practice in the human services (2008); and Social work contexts and practice (2009). She has a social work background in child protection.

Louise Harms worked as a medical social worker before moving into an academic career. She has authored three books and co-edited one book (with Marie Connolly) for Oxford University Press, focusing on social work developmental theory and practice skills. She is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of Australian Social Work, the national social work journal.

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