Relationship-Based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice (Paperback)Gillian Ruch (editor), Danielle Turney (editor), Adrian Ward (editor), Martin Smith (author of contributions), Mark Doel (author of contributions), Andrew Cooper (author of contributions), John Simmonds (author of contributions), Robin Solomon (author of contributions), Ravi Kohli (author of contributions), Brynna Kroll (author of contributions)
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Relationship-based practice is founded on the idea that human relationships are of paramount importance and should be at the heart of all good social work practice.
This book provides a thorough guide to relationship-based practice in social work, communicating the theory using illustrative case studies and offering a model for practice. Case examples cover the different service user groups including children, families, older people, refugees, people with disabilities and people with mental health difficulties. The book explores the ranges of emotions that practitioners may encounter, and covers working in both short-term and long-term relationships. It also outlines key skills for the individual such as how to establish rapport with the client and using empathy to build a relationship, and explores systemic issues such as incorporating service user perspectives and building appropriate support systems for practice, management and leadership.
This book will be an invaluable textbook for undergraduate and post-graduate social work students, practitioners on post-qualifying courses and all social work and allied professionals.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 228 x 156 x 16 mm
Relationship-Based Social Work is quite refreshing and unlike many of the theory and practice books I have read recently... This is very easy to read with minimal jargon and is a definite change of pace to more theoretical books... Is this a useful text I will keep beyond my academic career? Definitely yes! -- Rostrum
Relationship Based Social Work re-affirms the importance of the working relationship between social worker and service user within a contemporary perspective. This is a timely and thought provoking work which provides a well argued counterpoint to the increasing dominance of managerial and outcomes-based approaches to social work practice. As such it will be of great value to students and practitioners alike. -- Martin Gill, Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia, UK
With the wide range of facets and issues covered and the numerous different facets of the problems and possibilities of professional relationship-based work addressed, the book offers a comprehensive model for the practice of professional relationship-based interventions in social work. -- European Journal of Social Work