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Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work

Understanding and Using Theory in Social Work

Second Edition

June 2012 | 156 pages | Learning Matters
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.

Introduction to Understanding Social Work Theory
The Relationship Between Theory and Practice in Social Work
Values and Ethics in Social Work
Social Work and its Organisational Context
Putting Theory into Practice

An easy to access and thorough book which makes good links between social work theory and practice.

Miss Suzanne Dawn Spooner
Dept of Applied Social Science (DASS), Swansea University
September 13, 2016

a good overall introduction to theory in social work practice

Mr Matt Nicholson
Health, Care and Wellbeing, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 27, 2014

This text is very clear and is an excellent introduction to key aspects of theory for social work students.

Lesley Deacon
Social Work Department, Sunderland University
October 15, 2013

Very informative text for students struggling to understand the meaning of integrating theory and practice.

Ms Tina Eadie
Community & Criminal Justice Division, De Montfort University
July 21, 2013

This is an excellent book that will be of use to those contemplating a career in social work through to those who are qualified and are supervising student social workers on placement.

Mrs Stephanie Smith-Paul
School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside
March 14, 2013

accesible introductory text for students to help them make sense of the types of theory drawn on within practice

Mr Bob Cecil
Social Work, Community and Mental Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 18, 2012

The Book has been used for students undertaking AMHP training.

Mr Robert Wu
Social Work Department, Birmingham City University
November 7, 2012

Excellent book on theory into practice. Ideal practice examples of case studies, reflection and research summaries. Accessible and clear for students across the degree programme. Recommended.

Ms Lorraine Ellames
Academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
July 10, 2012

An interesting book covering a range of issues and debates with which students can readily engageg.

Mrs Jane Maffey
Department of Social Work, New College Durham
July 5, 2012

Found this extremely helpful in communicating ideas about theory in effecting ways with good examples.

Dr Surinder Guru
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
April 3, 2012

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