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Social Work
From Theory to Practice

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139368018

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  • Social workers practice across a wide range of settings with many different people. Some work primarily with individuals, some work with families or groups of people in therapeutic or community contexts, while others focus on community advocacy, community action and social change. In such diverse disciplinary contexts, the notion of theoretically informed practice can seem complicated. Written as a core text, the book captures the critical information students need to feel confident in the application of theory to practice. Integrated case studies from both Australasian and international perspectives illustrate how theory works in practice and how theory facilitates change. Social Work Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive exploration of knowledge in practice, the use of evidence as a basis for practice, and the ways in which theory helps practitioners to understand, make sense of, and respond to complex human needs.

    • Provides social work students with a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which theories inform practice
    • Features case studies from practitioners in the field
    • It explores a range of theories using the metaphors of systems, onion-peeling, faulty-engine, story-telling and mountain-moving approaches
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    'A refreshingly good read that covers impressive ground in an accessible way.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139368018
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social Work knowledge, theory and practice
    2. Frameworks, models and practice
    3. Ecosystems theories
    4. Onion-peeling theories
    5. Faulty-engine theories
    6. Story-telling theories
    7. Mountain-moving theories
    8. Reflective practice and theory.

  • Authors

    Marie Connolly, University of Melbourne
    Marie Connolly: Marie has recently joined Melbourne University after 5 years as Chief Social Worker, a senior executive within the New Zealand government. In this role she was involved in strategically reforming the NZ child welfare system, provided social work leadership across the sector and provided advice to the Minister, the head of the Ministry of Social Development and the child welfare service within the Ministry. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has published extensively in her area of scholarship including recent books: lives cut short: child death by maltreatment (2007); Morals, rights and practice in the human services (2008); and Social work contexts and practice (2009). She has a social work background in child protection.

    Louise Harms, University of Melbourne
    Louise Harms worked as a medical social worker before moving into an academic career. She has authored three books and co-edited one book (with Marie Connolly) for Oxford University Press, focusing on social work developmental theory and practice skills. She is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of Australian Social Work, the national social work journal.

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