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How to be a social worker, a critical guide for students, Priscilla Dunk-West

This textbook equips social work students with the tools to develop a social work identity. It provides a critical examination of the knowledge base of social work – from human growth and development to social work research – and explores how a practitioner’s own values, principles and experience combine to shape their social work identity and practice alongside this. Linked to a range of core modules on pre-qualifying social work programmes but written also for those practitioners committed to nurturing their own social work identities, this is a must have text from one of social work's most up-and-coming authors that brings together all areas of the classroom and practice curriculum to make learning a novel, creative and interactive process
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Introduction -- 1 The social work self -- Understanding social work -- Working with others -- What is the self? -- Social interaction or sociality -- The self, reflexivity and contemporary life -- Understanding the social work self -- Chapter summary -- Further reading -- 2 Human development -- Life stages -- Infancy to two years -- Toddlerhood (two to four years) -- Middle childhood (five to eleven years) -- Adolescence -- Adulthood -- Older age -- Death -- Generations -- Neglect, child abuse and developmental theories -- Working with others -- Chapter summary -- Further reading -- 3 Communication skills -- Demonstrating listening -- Asking questions -- Reflecting -- Clarifying -- Summarising -- Probing -- Framing action -- Written communication -- The self, reflexivity and empathy -- Use of self -- Working with others -- Chapter summary -- Further reading -- 4 Social work theory -- Social work theory: differing orientations -- Cognitive behavioural therapy -- Humanistic approaches -- Strengths perspective/empowerment approach -- Systems theory/ecological perspective -- Feminist social work theory -- Critical social work and structural approaches -- Sociological social work -- Chapter summary -- Further reading -- 5 Everyday ethics -- Utilitarianism -- Kantianism -- Virtue-based ethics -- Ethics of care -- Bioethics -- Human rights approach -- Codes of practice, codes of ethics and other institutionalised ethical rules -- Ethical dilemmas in social work: what to do? -- Organisational ethical issues -- The impaired worker -- Dual role relationships -- Working with others -- Chapter summary -- Further reading -- 6 Practice learning in organisational settings -- Learning and placements -- Social work and the organisational setting -- The professional self -- Assessment -- What about reflexivity on placement?
Literary Form
non fiction
Second edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource
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