What is professional social work? - BASW/Policy Press Titles (Paperback)
  • What is professional social work? - BASW/Policy Press Titles (Paperback)

What is professional social work? - BASW/Policy Press Titles (Paperback)

Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 26/07/2006
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What is Professional Social Work? is a now classic analysis of social work as a discourse between three aspects of practice: social order, therapeutic and transformational perspectives. It enables social workers to analyse and value the role of social work in present-day multiprofessional social care. This completely re-written second edition explores social work's struggle to meet its claim to achieve social progress through interpersonal practice. Important features of this new edition include: practical ways of analysing personal professional identity understanding how social workers embody their profession in their practice with other professionals detailed analysis of current and historical documents defining social work and social care analysis of values, agencies and global social work. This new edition will stimulate social workers, students and policy-makers in social care to think again about the valuable role social work plays in society.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781861347046
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition

"Payne's book contains a wealth of knowledge and thought provoking discussion to stimulate a timely rekindling of debate about the nature of social work." Community Care
Review of first edition: "This book is the best available general description of the increasingly complex environments the modern social worker operates in, and the roles that have to be taken on. The analysis will be extremely useful for students and indeed for practitioners who feel adrift from a value base." Community Care Review of first edition: "Of great interest both for professionals, for educators in social work and for scientists who want to develop knowledge in, about and for social work. I recommend this book to all interested in a better understanding of social work, both as an academic activity and as a profession." Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare Review of the first edition: "The book presents an overview which should be useful particularly for students on post-qualifying social work courses." Professional Social Work "This book is well-informed and wide-ranging, strong on historical and international perspectives, has conceptual clarity and creativeness, and a topical, contemporary relevance. In other words, it is the type of text that should be the foundation of the new social work degree, challenging and informing our thinking." PLUS, Nov 2006
"Always easy to read for students, clearly structured and particularly relevant" Rachel Good, Staffordshire University
"The author is outstanding in his ability to write fluently, compassionately and with a depth of understanding informed by unsurpassed knowledge of his field. What is professional social work? fills a notable gap in the literature, namely by providing an accessible entry into debates about the nature and standing of social work as a profession." Robert Adams, Professor of Social Work, School of Health and Social Care, University of Teeside, UK

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