Teamworking Skills for Social Workers (Paperback)Ruben Martin
Paperback Published: 01/06/2013
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"This should be one of the first books you put in your bag in the morning. Concise yet thorough, with full and accessible explanations, it is set out in a way that readily demonstrates the link between social science and social work. An exceptional, user friendly guide which you will use and re-use as a 'must have' reference text." Martin Sheedy, Senior Lecturer and Social Work Programme Leader, Liverpool John Moores University, UK Social workers are not completely autonomous professionals working alone. They are members of teams and need to work in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals in order to practice effectively. This book provides a practical and applied overview of the different types of teams social workers will encounter, and explores the dynamics present when people work together, the roles individuals play and the skills necessary for effective teamworking in the context of social work practice. The book is divided into two parts, with Part One giving an overview of what teamwork is and the skills required and Part Two providing applications to practice. The chapters include: * Checklists to help the reader rate their capability and plan ways of developing skills for which they score low * Reflection points * Activities * Case examples Topics covered include: * What teamwork is * The variety of teams that involve social workers * Characteristics of individuals who are part of a team and the formal and informal roles they play, including the role of leadership * The importance of emotional intelligence and resilience and the concept of self-leadership and personal development * How being part of a team relates to working in organisations * Multidisciplinary teams * Interagency collaboration and partnership * Collaborative working as part of a year cohort of social work students Written for all social workers, regardless of their area of practice, this is a 'must-have' for students and practitioners involved in continuing professional development, supervision and training.
Publisher: Open University Press