What Is Professional Social Work? (Paperback)
  • What Is Professional Social Work? (Paperback)

What Is Professional Social Work? (Paperback)

Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 01/06/2006
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How has the identity of social work and social workers developed over time? What is the nature of contemporary social work compared with other helping professions? How does American social work compare with social work in other countries? Where do the core values of American social work fit into an international perspective? How can students and practitioners improve their practice and increase social progress? What Is Professional Social Work? gives social workers and other mental health professionals a clear and internationally grounded discussion of the place of social work in multiprofessional care. Filled with practical and accessible tools, this book offers new ways to consider and value a social worker's specific professional identity within the complex environment of professional practice. Social work educators can use this new book in capstone courses, field work seminars, social work practice courses, courses on international social work, and even introduction to social work and social welfare. Malcolm Payne connects the argument of Modern Social Work Theory and Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care with the analytical perspective and case studies in this book.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190615864
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

Malcolm Payne offers a compelling account of the orienting perspectives, core values, and essential concerns that shape contemporary social work. He cares deeply about the profession and the ways in which we bring ideas to bear in day-to-day practice, ever appreciative of the concrete particulars of psychosocial care. This exploration of the nature of the profession, informed by his work as educator, administrator, clinician, and consultant, promises to enlarge ways of seeing, understanding, and acting." "This book should be at the top of the reading list for educators, practitioners, students, and readers who want to better understand the nature and influence of professional social work in our time." - William Borden, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
I really loved this book. It should be basic reading for all social workers. I will proudly keep it on a shelf and recommend it - It should be required reading every 5 years or so for all social workers, and no student should graduate with an MSW without reading it and discussing it. It has sections that can be used in any social work class, on all levels, and sections that are particularly relevant to courses that have content examining the profession and each of our roles as practitioners" - Jan Bensdorf, New York University

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