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Social Work and Spirituality

Social Work and Spirituality Author Ian Mathews
ISBN-10 9781844458219
Release 2009-06-24
Pages 160
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Social work in modern society requires practitioners to be culturally and spiritually sensitive. This book explores the often challenging relationships between spirituality, religion and social work. It considers the skills, knowledge and values that are required to incorporate a spiritual awareness into social work practice and in doing so explores in greater depth the social worker/service user relationship. By using case studies, reflective exercises and other learning features, students will begin to appreciate and understand the importance of a spiritually sensitive approach to their social work practice.



Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice

Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice Author Edward R. Canda
ISBN-10 9780195372793
Release 2010
Pages 449
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Weaving together interdisciplinary theory and research, as well as the results from a national survey of practitioners, the authors describe a spiritually oriented model for practice that places clients' challenges and goals within the context of their deepest meanings and highest aspirations. Using richly detailed case examples and thought-provoking activities, this highly accessible text illustrates the professional values and ethical principles that guide spiritually sensitive practice. It presents definitions and conceptual models of spirituality and religion; draws connections between spiritual diversity and cultural, gender, and sexual orientation diversity; and offers insights from Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous religions, Islam, Judaism, Existentialism, and Transpersonal theory. Eminently practical, it guides professionals in understanding and assessing spiritual development and related mental health issues and outlines techniques that support transformation and resilience, such as meditation, mindfulness, ritual, forgiveness, and engagement of individual and community-based spiritual support systems.



Social Work Intervention

Social Work Intervention Author Trevor Lindsay
ISBN-10 9781446281338
Release 2013-03-19
Pages 240
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Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for social work students. These books use activities and case studies to build critical thinking and reflection skills and will help social work students to develop good practice through learning. Social workers need to have a sound working knowledge of intervention as they are often balancing complex and sometime stressful circumstances with the individual needs of the service users. Also, as there are a wide range of social work interventions in current practice, students will benefit from knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each model and approach. This book on effective social work intervention will help students apply and integrate this knowledge in practice, to critically evaluate different methods and to choose the most effective in any particular set of circumstances. Fully-revised to include new material on value-based practice and direct links to the new Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, this second edition is essential reading for all social work students.



Spirituality Within Religious Traditions in Social Work Practice

Spirituality Within Religious Traditions in Social Work Practice Author Mary Van Hook
ISBN-10 0534584195
Release 2001
Pages 300
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As it is valuable for practitioners to understand the meaning systems of clients and to identify both potential resources and strains in the lives of clients, the goal of this book is to help social workers and other counselors become culturally competent in the area of religious traditions.



Transforming Social Work Practice

Transforming Social Work Practice Author Bob Pease
ISBN-10 0415216478
Release 1999
Pages 234
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Offers new strategies for social workers concerned with political action and social justice. It explores ways of developing practice frameworks, paradigms and principles which take advantage of the perspectives offered by postmodern theory.



Personalisation in Social Work

Personalisation in Social Work Author Ali Gardner
ISBN-10 1844457338
Release 2011-03-24
Pages 160
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The government agenda on personalisation and self-directed support is fast-moving and rapidly changing. It is vital therefore that students and practitioners alike are aware of the key issues and debates, as well as the policy that surrounds this area of practice. This timely and fully-revised second edition provides an overview of the personalisation agenda and looks at the recent legislation in a broad historical and theoretical perspective. It considers the impact of personalisation on service users and carers and draws directly upon their experiences. There are ‘service user narratives’ within the book that explore how individuals feel about directing their own support and the social workers who support them. This book encourages students to consider notions of choice and independence by reflecting on their own lives and experiences. It contains activities and case studies to deepen reflective and critical thinking skills and provides links to the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.



Spirituality in Social Work and Education

Spirituality in Social Work and Education Author Janet Groen
ISBN-10 9781554583812
Release 2013-01-24
Pages 282
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Over the past ten years, the fields of social work and education have grappled separately with definitions of spirituality, ways to integrate spirituality into the classroom, and the rendering of spirituality as a meaningful concept for practitioners, students, and researchers. Social work and education have many commonalities in areas of engagement with children, families, and communities. For the first time, this book brings together these two professional disciplines for interdisciplinary discussions that advance our knowledge in the broad area of “spirituality.” The book’s three sections reflect broad topic areas created to facilitate dialogue between the contributors, all of whom have established expertise in exploring spirituality in education or social work. The first section of the book explores the historical and theoretical underpinnings of spirituality in education and social work. Examination of our respective heritages uncovers the religious roots within our professions and reveals a present understanding of spirituality that calls for active engagement in challenging oppression and working toward social justice. The second section shifts the focus to the pedagogical implications of incorporating spirituality into higher-education classrooms. The varied level of acceptance and the tensions that come from including spirituality, implicitly or explicitly, in the programs and coursework in our respective faculties are illuminated by authors in both professions. The final section explores issues related to practising and teaching in the field from a spiritually sensitive perspective.



Social Work Practice

Social Work Practice Author Jonathan Parker
ISBN-10 9781526416162
Release 2017-04-10
Pages 272
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This bestselling book will take you step-by-step through the four main aspects of social work practice - Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review - giving you a complete foundation in each. It will introduce you to each process in a clear and accessible way, supporting you to both reflect on and apply what you have learnt in practice across settings and service user groups. The book will provide you with a theoretical foundation from which you can explore other aspects of social work. New to the fifth edition: an ‘ethnographic approach’ to social work focus on relationship and resilience revised exploration of the political context of social work updated emphasis on social justice and human rights.



Environmental Social Work

Environmental Social Work Author Mel Gray
ISBN-10 9780415678117
Release 2013
Pages 340
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Social work has been late to engage with the environmental movement. Often working with an exclusively social understanding of environment, much of the social work profession has overlooked the importance of environmental issues. However, recently, the impact of and worldwide attention to climate change, a string of natural disasters, and increased understanding of issues around environmental justice has put the environment, sustainability, and well-being in the spotlight. Divided into three parts, this field-defining work explores what environmental social work is, and how it can be put into practice. The first section focuses on theory, discussing ecological and social justice, as well as sustainability, spirituality and human rights. The second section comprises case studies of evolving environmental social work practice. The case studies derive from a range of areas from urban gardens and community organizing to practice with those affected by climate change. The final section – relevant to students and lecturers – looks at learning about environmental issues in social work. Environmental Social Work provides an integrated theoretical and practical overview of why and how social work might respond to environmental factors affecting the societies and people they work with at international, national, local and individual levels.



Social Work and the Environment

Social Work and the Environment Author Michael Kim Zapf
ISBN-10 9781551303574
Release 2009
Pages 229
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This ground-breaking new work provides a detailed and extensive comparison of how the physical environment has been conceptualized in social work and other professions, and offers a new and attractive foundational metaphor for social work. The author acknowledges the need for greater awareness and action regarding environmental impacts and the book promotes more comprehensive notions of responsibility, identity, and stewardship that lead to a dynamic metaphor of people as place as the foundation for relevant social work practice in the early 21st century. Why is that a profession with a declared focus on ""person-in-environment"" has been so silent on the environmental crisis? Mainstream social work theory has narrowed the understanding of environment to include merely the social environment, but this approach is no longer sufficient for participation in multi-disciplinary efforts to tackle urgent environmental issues. Transformative notions of responsibility, identity, and stewardship have been developed on the fringes of our professional community: rural/remote social workers, Aboriginal social workers, and international and spiritual social workers. They must now move to the core of the profession.



Reflective Practice in Social Work

Reflective Practice in Social Work Author Christine Knott
ISBN-10 9781844457182
Release 2010-04-16
Pages 176
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Reflective practice is a key element of learning and development on social work courses. This fully-updated new edition explores a range of approaches to reflective practice and includes sections on gender, reflecting on emotion and using reflection as a catalyst for change, as well as asking the fundamental question ‘what is reflective practice?’ Written in three parts, this essential guide starts with a broad exploration of reflection, drawing on some key texts that have informed its development. It then moves on to real practice issues including the management of social work practice and interprofessional working.



Groupwork Practice in Social Work

Groupwork Practice in Social Work Author Trevor Lindsay
ISBN-10 0857255037
Release 2011-07-01
Pages 160
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Social work degree students must be confident in working with groups of service users as well as other professionals. This revised new edition introduces the practicalities of planning, establishing, facilitating and evaluating social work projects including small helping groups as well as interprofessional working parties. The authors examine the best methods in setting up a group, the issues around power and anti-oppressive practice, and how to cope with unexpected or unhelpful outcomes. This second edition features new material on sociodrama and psychodrama action methods, with more examples from actual groupwork projects.



Social Work Assessment

Social Work Assessment Author Ruben Martin
ISBN-10 9780857255853
Release 2010-05-11
Pages 176
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At a time of change and review within social care, it is relevant to explore traditional skills, knowledge and values associated with assessment in the context of changing practice. This book introduces and explores assessment in social work in a user-friendly, yet comprehensive way. The author reviews the interpersonal skills necessary for social work practice, applying them particularly to assessment and outlines fundamental knowledge and theoretical models that can inform assessment. The professional social work value base underpinning assessment and the power balance between assessor and the person being assessed are also taken into consideration.



Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century

Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century Author Steve Burghardt
ISBN-10 9781483323312
Release 2013-10-18
Pages 512
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Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century, Second Edition offers a modern approach to building effective career skills in macro practice. Author Steve Burghardt inspires students by tracing the careers of macro-practitioners from grass roots organizers to agency executives. By focusing on how practitioners can make meaningful, strategic choices regardless of their formal roles and responsibilities, this Second Edition takes a refreshing new approach on the key issues of how to respond to diversity and oppression, the use of the internet for organization, the limits of “virtual trust,” understanding where "micro" and "macro" meet in practice, and co-leadership development.



Management and Organisations in Social Work

Management and Organisations in Social Work Author Trish Hafford-Letchfield
ISBN-10 9781844458264
Release 2009-04-17
Pages 192
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This fully revised and updated second edition looks at the study of social work management and organisations, focusing on relationships with crucial partners such as central government agencies, local partners and other social care organisations. Through an examination of current research and practice, the author explores the relationships between ideology, professional and personal values and decision making in organisational culture. Included in the text are case studies, activities and further reading lists to aid learning.



Effective Practice Learning in Social Work

Effective Practice Learning in Social Work Author Jonathan Parker
ISBN-10 1844456625
Release 2010-06-01
Pages 176
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The Department of Health requires students on the social work degree to undertake at least 200 days in direct practice learning during their course. Practice learning often raises great anxieties for students, agencies and those who supervise and assess it. This book tackles those anxieties, explaining the ways the experience can deliver a unique learning opportunity for the student. It is ideal for students undertaking or about to undertake practice learning, student supervisors and practice assessors, as well as trainers and policymakers within social care agencies and healthcare professions where practice learning is also undertaken.



Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work

Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work Author Juliette Oko
ISBN-10 9780857254993
Release 2011-05-24
Pages 160
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Understanding how theory informs social work practice is an area that students can find challenging and complex. This book helps students to understand how theory impacts and informs social work practice. Updated with a new introduction by the author, subjects covered include values and ethics, organisational contexts and putting theory into practice. There is a chapter on the relationship between theory and practice in social work which examines notions of empowerment and concepts of social exclusion and the distinctive role of the social work practitioner. Critical thinking exercises are built into the text to aid learning and reflective thinking.