A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 29, 2009 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Learning about social work theory is a bit like hot air ballooning – it's about looking at the world from above and going on a voyage of discovery to find out what guides social work practice.
In 25 clearly labelled chapters, this book explains and discusses social work theory in a crisp, clear and accessible way. Whether you're a student, a newly qualified social worker or a 'seasoned' professional you will find plenty in this book to inform, enlighten and refresh you. Written by David Howe, one of the top British writers in social work, his simple, easy-to-read style makes this text ideal for quick reference in lectures, on placement or in practice.
A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory manages to be both compact and comprehensive. You will return to this 'can't live without it' text time and time again.


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Attachment Theory
Behavioural Therapies
Solutionfocused Approaches
The Strengths Perspective
Systemic and Ecological Approaches
Radical Social Work
Critical Social Work
Feminist Social Work
Antioppressive Practices and Empowerment
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Cognitive Therapies
Cognitivebehavioural Social Work
Taskcentred Work
Be Responsible Think Positive
Personcentred Approaches
Reflection and Reflexivity

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DAVID HOWE OBE is Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He was founding editor of the Blackwell Science Journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is author of many books, including: Attachment Theory for Social Work Practice; Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support; Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention; and The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker.

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