Complexity in Social Work (Hardback)
  • Complexity in Social Work (Hardback)

Complexity in Social Work (Hardback)

Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/03/2018
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Complexity lies at the heart of social work practice and this book is designed to help students and newly-qualified social workers plan for and manage complex cases in an increasingly complex environment. Split into two parts, this book reflects the journey of qualifying social work students from preparation for practice in an educational context to learning `on the job' through working with service users in practice settings, and eventually assuming a more senior role in management, administration and training. Key topics covered in the chapters include managing volatility and uncertainty, making judgements and decisions, building and maintaining relationships, using reflection and supervision, working interprofessionally, managing risk, exploring cause and effect.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781473993808
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 242 x 170 mm

This book provides good coverage on aspects of complexity in social work. It encompasses several features that generate complexity and decision making in social work. This book's approach makes various landscapes of complexity easy to understand. This makes the book accessible to students and practitioners. -- Dr Tam Chipawe Cane

Dr Rick Hood is one of the new generation of social work's intellectual leaders. This book is insightful but accessible and is informed by his substantial practice and research experience. The book highlights the day-to-day experience for social workers of being immersed in, but not paralysed by, the complexity of human behaviour and relationships and of the important and crucial contribution social workers make with others in promoting the welfare and safety of children and helping families.

-- Ray Jones

Rick Hood has produced a remarkably clear and conceptually sophisticated account of complexity in social work making a strong case for more appropriate organisational systems for working with unpredictability.

-- Sue White

An impressive scrutiny of key challenges in social work through the lens of complexity, producing fresh thinking about solutions. The use of case studies and exercises links the abstract ideas clearly to the reality of everyday social work.

-- Eileen Munro

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