Social Work: An Introduction (Hardback)
  • Social Work: An Introduction (Hardback)

Social Work: An Introduction (Hardback)

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Hardback 536 Pages / Published: 24/03/2014
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Social Work: An Introduction is designed to help your students make the best start in their academic and professional careers. Mapped throughout to the most up-to-date professional standards, the book covers the full range of knowledge and skills students need to gain in the early stages of their social work course and as they prepare to go out on placement.

Key Learning Features:

Key Themes and Chapter Introductions - to set the scene and place each chapter in context.

Case Studies and Practice Vignettes - illustrate how theory, knowledge and policy translate to real-life practice. Also help students consider the service-user's experience and develop a holistic approach to care.

Exercises, Activities and Reflective Questions - independent learning tasks to help students apply theory to their practice, and to develop their skills of critical reflection

Critical Thinking Boxes - support your students in their journey towards becoming critically reflexive practitioners.

Visit the companion website to access a range of resources to support both lecturers and students, including:

Vodcasts and podcasts from students, lecturers, service users and authors to introduce key topics to audio and visual learners

Activities and case studies
from different fields and settings to show how theory translates into real life practice

Selected SAGE journal articles
to help take learning to the next level

Up-to-date links
to codes of ethics, frameworks and other useful resources.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781446208885
Number of pages: 536
Weight: 1102 g
Dimensions: 232 x 186 x 34 mm

I have a degree in Criminology and I am currently in my first year studying Social Work. As I have previously studied at degree level, I understand the importance of a good core book that gives you a basic understanding of the significant areas in that field. For me Lishman et al has encapsulated the necessary information and identifies key aspects that I can read further into.

Core theories and ideologies run throughout the book, this is supported by exercises and case studies. I personally found the case studies really useful as it is a good way of applying what you have learnt to an unfamiliar situation. This ensures you have an understanding of what you have just learnt and if you are unsure you are encouraged to read further around the subject. What is great about this book is it advises where to go for further reading to underpin your learning.

Finally the companion website advertised in the book is very beneficial. It ensures immediate access to up to date information. I have learnt that the Laws surround social work are ever evolving and it is important to be as up to date as possible. This is a perfect way to keep up to date, not just with law but with codes of practice and framework's.

All in all I believe this book is a vital part of anyone studying or wanting to learn about the core modules of being a social worker. This book has clarified certain aspects of social work and I find myself referring to it to confirm my understanding. -- Ellie Morton
[The book] gives the reader a clear understanding of the basic, but paramount, issues that need to be considered in each key area of social work practice. This will be invaluable not only for people who have started on courses but for people who are considering social work as a career. In an age where people constantly find it difficult to answer the question 'what is social work' this book goes a great way towards providing a firm foundation for making that clear. -- Patricia Woolley
Many students of Social Work will understandably want to buy one big book to support their studies, and this text is not only big, but also weighty and substantial. The book offers a solid grounding in the underpinning knowledge base of social sciences, law and ethics, before considering models of assessment, intervention, evaluation and critical reflexivity. Most importantly, at this time, this is a welcome publication that acknowledges Social Work to be about relationships and politics and policy. -- Nigel Horner
This book is a comprehensive introduction. It encompasses the knowledge and processes needed by contemporary social workers practising throughout the UK, and relevant far beyond. Led by some of the foremost Scottish social work academics it is a jewel in the discipline's literary crown!
-- Professor Jonathan Parker

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