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Social Work with Drug, Alcohol and Substance Misusers
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Social Work with Drug, Alcohol and Substance Misusers

Third Edition


© 2013 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
It has long been recognised that clients with addiction problems need a skilled and thoughtful response when they come into contact with social services. However, students often find that policy and the law surrounding working with drug, alcohol and substance misusers can be complex and often unclear.

This fully-revised third edition will help students cultivate the skills required to work effectively with clients and service users who misuse drugs and alcohol. There are clear introductions to the law and to social policy in this area, while the author considers how a holistic approach can be effective when working with this particular client group. Case studies and reflective exercises are used to draw out these key skills. The book also features sections on anti-oppressive practice with a focus on service user empowerment.
 
With this third edition comes new material on social work practice with alcohol misusers, making this book even more essential reading for students and practitioners who want to engage with clients who struggle with addiction.

 

 
Introduction
 
The links between social work practice and working with substance-misusing clients
 
The nature and extent of drug taking in the United Kingdom
 
The history, legislative changes and key policy documents involved in the field of substance misuse
 
What is known about drug misusers and drug offenders and the drugs commonly used?
 
Policy changes and substance misuse
 
Developments since the change to a coalition government and the problems of alcohol
 
Professional practice issues and approaches
 
Conclusion

An excellent updated, revised 3rd ed. text mapped against the PCF.

This accessible, comprehensive introductory and much needed applied SW text provides a great overview of policy and practice issues and SW approaches in a previously neglected area of SW publications.

A great teaching aid for any SW educator, Practice Assessor and UG student re: the current nature / scope of substance misuse practice issues and challenges.

This text is especially relevant as many of our UG students undertake their 2nd year assessed practice placements located within voluntary sector organisations supporting a diversity of people with alcohol and drug dependency needs.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
June 26, 2015

An excellent updated, revised 3rd ed. text mapped against the PCF.

This accessible, comprehensive, introductory and much needed applied SW text provides a great overview of policy and practice issues and SW approaches in a previously neglected area of SW publications.

A great teaching aid for any SW educator, Practice Assessor and PG student re: the current nature and scope of substance misuse practice issues and challenges.

This text is especially relevant as many of our PG students undertake their 1st assessed practice placements located within voluntary sector organisations supporting people with alcohol and drug dependencies needs.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
June 26, 2015

Very basis in terms of exploring drug, alcohol and substance misuse, although there is brief reference to this. Was expecting a more in depth exploration of this, but the focus appeared to be more on the legislative and policy framework underpinning practice with this user group. Ofcourse this is equally important, therefore this book could be used to provide a foundation knowledge to those professionals beginning work in this area.

Mrs Surj Sall-Dullat
Mental Health Law & Policy Team, Staffordshire County Council
April 9, 2015

An excellent text book for social work and mental health nursing students.

Mrs Lisa Millar
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, De Montfort University
September 26, 2014

This book will be helpful for all students and qualified social workers. It explains how substance misusers are supported, the relevant legislation and policy, also gives information about drugs commonly used. Well explained, easy to read and informative.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Social Work Department, Peterborough Regional College
April 27, 2014

For my Social Work research students, this is wonderful

Dr Jabulani Makhubele
Social Work, University of Limpopo
April 22, 2014

An extremely useful text which has guided lecture preparation on modules regarding theories and methods, human growth and development and children in need.

Mr Luke Tibbits
Social Work , Birmingham City Univ.
April 8, 2014

This is my go to text on my addictions module.

Mr Chris Yianni
Social Work Didsbury, Manchester Metropolitan University
April 7, 2014

Useful text providing information for specialist health and social work students and practitioners on post-qualifying courses on which they are likely to come into contact with clients with substance misuse issues

Professor Margaret Greenfields
Social Work High Wycombe, Bucks New University
November 21, 2013

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