Human Growth, Behaviour and Development: Essential Theory and Application in Social Work

Human Growth, Behaviour and Development: Essential Theory and Application in Social Work

by Alastair Gibson, Neil Gibson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473912748
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/09/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alastair Gibson graduated with an MA in History before becoming frustrated as a hospital administrator and deciding to move into the more challenging and rewarding practice of social work. He worked in Aberdeen and Gateshead in a variety of health care social work settings and then taught at RGU. Developing his enthusiasm for inter-professional practice, he was a founder member of CAIPE and helped develop shared training for social work, health, education and police trainees. He has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Human Growth and Behaviour as well as being Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Social Work by Distance Learning before retiring in 2009. He is now an independent practice teacher.

Neil Gibson graduated with a BA in Communication and worked in the media, travel and tourism before re-entering education and obtaining an MSc in Social Work. He has worked in residential childcare, substance use, care management, and adult protection before joining the social work teaching team at Robert Gordon University where he currently works.

Table of Contents

Childhood in the early years
Attachment – bonding and brain development
Erikson - the initial stages
Object Relations Theory – meet my needs
From childhood through adolescence to becoming an adult
Attachment – new relationships on old foundations
Erikson - from identity to intimacy
Object Relations Theory – looking for the perfect match
Adulthood and Older Age
Attachment – the complexity of adult attachments
Erikson (stages 7-8) – from mid-life to contentment or despair
Object Relations Theory - maturity or immaturity
Surviving life’s challenges
Loss, Change & Transitions
Family Systems and psychodynamics – is there such a thing as a “normal family”?
Trauma & Resilience
Voices from practice

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