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Skills for Social Work Practice

Skills for Social Work Practice

Second Edition

March 2014 | 288 pages | Learning Matters

Social work skills are essential to good practice and more important than ever following changes to the social work curriculum. Students must be able to demonstrate knowledge of core skills within policy, law as well as demonstrating empathy and good communication. This fully-revised student guide, previously published as Social Work Skills with Adults, will help to cement these skills and includes chapters on intervention, empowerment and advocacy, skills for collaborative working, self-presentation and much more.

This book will equip social work students with the skills to meet the new and perennial challenges to achieving empowering practice with carers and people who use services.

There are chapters on working with families, communities and individuals and how social policy affects all of these groups. Case studies and reflective exercises are used throughout to explore these issues and help link theory to practice.

Reflective Practice
Self Presentation
Written Presentation of Self
Skills for Self-Management
Skills for Empowerment, Participation and Advocacy
Skills for Engagement
Communication Skills
Skills for Collaborative Working
Skills for Group Work
Negotiation Skills
Applying Legislation and Policy
Assessing Need
Skills in Working with Risk
Decision Making

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Miss Fiona Morgan
School of health and wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
June 25, 2015

Informative and relevant to today's social work student and for those considering social work in the future. Clear text that is particularly good at encouraging reflection and self analysis, which is a good place for any potential social worker to begin.

Ms Sarah Bowman
Community Studies, Truro College
April 5, 2015

Useful range of chapters relevant to most aspects of social work practice, keeping a strong emphasis on the need for reflective and ethical practice.

Ms Olwen Summerscales
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
February 18, 2015

Great text for students doing skills workshops and going out on placement.

Mrs Tracey McVeigh
School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
January 28, 2015

This is a very approachable book which from the outset draws attention to self-management as a key skill and the basis for our approach to others. I will be recommending this book to my year 2 students as a text to inform their reflection and practice in the remainin three placement years.

Mr John Sturgeon
School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
August 19, 2014

An essential read for social work students.

Miss Martina Kirlew
Health and Social Care, Univ. of Bolton
July 15, 2014

Good information for students who are thinking about progressing into social work from their first degree.

Mrs Janice Grinstead
School of Health , Natural & Social Science, Sunderland University
June 19, 2014

This book was extremely helpful in forming sessions in key year one modules. The mapping to the PCFs makes it contemporary and appropriate for students.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Social Work , Birmingham City Univ.
May 28, 2014

An accessible and helpful book for undergraduate social work students.

Ms Claudia Megele
Mental Health, Social Work & IPL, Middlesex Univ.
March 20, 2014

Interesting book - especially useful for my students will be the sections on Reflective Practice and Collaborative Working both now at HNC level and in their future careers.

Mrs Vanessa Telfer
Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow Clyde College
February 24, 2014

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