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Writing Skills for Social Workers

Writing Skills for Social Workers

Third Edition

March 2019 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

As a social worker, you are required to communicate in writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

This text guides you through all you need to know to develop your social work writing skills:

  • Essential elements of written communication
  • Writing skills in daily practice
  • Macro-practice writing skills: obtaining resources and creating change
  • Influencing your professional context

Now with two new chapters on writing for local mass media and writing for social media.

Hot tips for effective writing, reflective exercises & further reading are included in every chapter to help you cement your skills and become a confident and effective written communicator.

Part 1: Essential Elements of Written Communication
Chapter 1: Written Communication: Getting your message across
Chapter 2: Managing Information for Writing
Part 2: Writing Skills in Daily Practice
Chapter 3: Writing in Direct Practice: Email, texting, messaging and letters
Chapter 4: Writing Case Records
Chapter 5: Writing Reports and Affidavits
Part 3: Macro-Practice Writing Skills: Obtaining Resources and Creating Change
Chapter 6: Writing for Local and Mass Media
Chapter 7: Writing for Social Media
Chapter 8: Writing Funding Applications
Chapter 9: Writing Policy Proposals
Part 4: Influencing Your Professional Context
Chapter 10: Writing a Literature Review
Chapter 11: Writing Journal Articles and Conference Papers
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Professional Writing in Diverse Practice Contexts

Effective, clear and communicative writing skills is a highly skilled and intellectual activity for social workers. This 3rd  edition of Healy and Mulholland's  "Writing Skills for Social Workers" continues to acknowledge and resource students, teachers and practitioners with valuable techniques, tools and practices to be effective communicators. Written in a clear and engaging style this new, revised and updated edition will continue to be a valuable reference text for all practitioners who want to enhance their effectiveness and bringing about positive outcomes by utilising effective writing and communication skills.

Carolyn Noble
Carolyn Noble, Professor Social Work, ACAP

An excellent text in every way. Helps to push writing up the professional agenda where it needs to be.

Dr Steve Hothersall
Social Work, Edge Hill University
August 27, 2020