The Blackwell Companion to Social Work
Fully revised and restructured, this fresh edition offers students and trainee social workers an incisive and authoritative introduction to the subject. As well as entirely new sections on theory and practice, the expert contributions which have shaped the companion’s leading reputation have been updated and now include innovative standalone essays on social work theory. Comprehensively reworked new edition comprising six substantive sections covering essential topics for trainee social workers – in effect, six books in one Includes an extensive introduction and chapters by leading experts on the focus and purpose of social work Provides a unified textbook for trainees and an invaluable professional reference volume Features a wealth of new material on theory and practice alongside detailed expositions of the social and psychological framework, stages in the human life cycle, and the objectives and core components of social work Each chapter lists five key points to remember, questions for discussion, and recommendations for further reading
Notes on Contributors xi Introduction xv Book 1 Social Work’s Psychosocial Framework 1 1.1 Social Work and Society 3 Viviene E. Cree 1.2 Social Work and Politics 19 Mark Drakeford 1.3 Gendering the Social Work Agenda 31 Audrey Mullender 1.4 Culture, Ethnicity and Identity 37 Kwame Owusu-Bempah 1.5 Families 47 Graham Allan 1.6 Sexuality, Sexual Relationships and Social Work 57 Siobhan Canavan and Seamus Prior 1.7 Psychology and Social Work 69 Brigid Daniel Book 2 The Human Life Cycle 83 2.1 Infancy 85 Gillian Harris 2.2 Childhood 93 Gillian Schofield 2.3 Adolescence 101 John Coleman 2.4 Partnership and Parenting 109 Janet Walker 2.5 Late Life Ageing 121 Ian Philp Book 3 When Social Work is Needed 127 3.1 Family Disruption and Relationship Breakdown 129 Jane Boylan and Graham Allan 3.2 Child Abuse 139 John Devaney 3.3 Domestic Violence 151 Cathy Humphreys 3.4 Ill Health 159 Eileen McLeod and Paul Bywaters 3.5 Physical Disability 167 Deborah Marks 3.6 The Challenge of Later Life 175 Chris Phillipson 3.7 Mental Illness 183 Peter Huxley 3.8 Learning Disabilities in Adults 193 Kirsten Stalker and Carol Robinson 3.9 Alcohol or Other Drug Problems 203 Sarah Galvani 3.10 Modern Migration and the Creation of the Refugee 215 Debra Hayes Book 4 Social Work in Practice 221 4.1 Social Work Practice and Relationship Breakdown 223 Simon Ward 4.2 Social Work Practice and Child Abuse 231 Jess McCormack 4.3 Social Work Practice and Domestic Violence 241 James Evans 4.4 Social Work Practice in Healthcare 249 Bridget Penhale 4.5 Social Work Practice and People with Physical and Sensory Impairments 259 Pam Thomas 4.6 Social Work Practice and the Challenge of Later Life 267 Sandy Sieminski 4.7 Social Work Practice and Mental Illness 275 Barbara Hatfield 4.8 Social Work Practice and Learning Disabilities 283 Ian Buchanan 4.9 Social Work Practice, Alcohol and Other Drug Problems 291 Wulf Livingston 4.10 Social Work Practice, Asylum Seekers and Refugees 299 Benedict Fell Book 5 Social Work’s Core Components 309 5.1 Assessment, Intervention and Review 311 Jonathan Parker 5.2 Care Management 321 Aisha Hutchinson 5.3 Risk Assessment and Risk Management 333 Hazel Kemshall 5.4 Welfare Rights Practice 343 Neil Bateman 5.5 Interviewing and Relationship Skills 355 Janet Seden 5.6 Groupwork 369 Mark Doel 5.7 Ethics 379 Richard Hugman 5.8 The Law 387 Alison Brammer Book 6 Social Work’s Theory Base 397 6.1 Relating Theory to Practice 399 David Howe 6.2 Twenty-Four Theories for Social Work 407 6.2.1 Anger Management 409 David Leadbetter 6.2.2 Anti-Oppressive Practice 414 Beverley Burke 6.2.3 Attachment Theory 417 David Howe 6.2.4 Behaviourism 420 Robert Jordan 6.2.5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 423 Barbra Teater 6.2.6 Crisis Theory 428 Jackie Skinner 6.2.7 Critical Perspectives 432 Jan Fook 6.2.8 Desistance 435 Beth Weaver 6.2.9 Theories of Empowerment 439 Jerry Tew 6.2.10 Family Practices 443 Christine Jones 6.2.11 Feminist Theory 446 Bec Buss 6.2.12 Maintenance Theory 449 Martin Davies 6.2.13 Motivational Interviewing (MI) 451 Barbra Teater 6.2.14 Narrative Therapy 455 Stephen Madigan 6.2.15 Person-Centred Practice 459 Ali Gardner 6.2.16 Psychodynamic Theory: The Essential Elements 463 Jack Nathan 6.2.17 Signs of Safety 466 Joe Smeeton 6.2.18 Social Behaviour and Network Therapy 469 Joy Barlow 6.2.19 Social Constructionism 473 Derek Jones 6.2.20 Social Pedagogy 477 Mark Smith 6.2.21 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) 480 Barbra Teater 6.2.22 Strengths-Based/Resilience Theory 484 Aisha Hutchinson 6.2.23 Systems Approaches 488 Joe Smeeton 6.2.24 Task-Centred Practice 492 Peter Marsh Legislation and Related Matters Index 497 Name Index 499 Subject Index 511
Martin Davies is Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, UK, where he taught the university’s Social Work in Society course for twenty years. He came to UEA after a distinguished research career in the UK Home Office and at Manchester University, where he taught criminology, research methods, and research applications. The founding director of UEA’s graduate programme in Social Work, he has authored and edited 12 books, including the previous editions of this volume, as well as more than a hundred scholarly papers. Professor Davies has also served as a research administrator with the Norwich NHS Primary Care Trust, in addition to a five-year term on the Norfolk and Waveney NHS Research Governance Committee with special responsibility for health and social care.
This significantly extended fourth edition of the primary text for students and trainee social workers is the most inclusive and authoritative of its kind, providing an integrated companion that avoids the need for supplementary volumes. The material has been reformulated into six substantive sections that cover all the essential aspects of social work, including two entirely new ones covering theory and practice. The text now features an innovative encyclopedia-style selection of 24 essays each analysing a relevant theoretical perspective. Concise, expertly edited contributions from leading academics and practitioners explore the social and psychological framework of the subject, the stages in the human life cycle, the reasons for social work, the nature of social work practice, its core components, and its theoretical foundations. As with previous editions, the coverage is subdivided into discrete and easy to assimilate sections, making this an invaluable reference for students throughout an entire social work programme. Each chapter lists the key points to remember and includes questions for discussion in addition to judiciously selected recommendations for further reading. More experienced readers will find this updated new edition an informative source on the central issues and debates in contemporary social work.
“Since its first appearance The Blackwell Companion to Social Work has never been off our recommended reading lists. It provides a comprehensive and in-depth 'one-stop' for students, academics and practitioners seeking the most thoughtful contemporary insights to the complexities of modern social work practice. Look no further.”—Gary Clapton, University of Edinburgh “This book continues to be an important source of reference both for the discipline and the profession of social work. In its revised form, the book manages to keep pace with the rapid changes that are taking place in social work without sacrificing breadth or depth. It will prove an invaluable teaching tool and a reliable starting point for more sustained and detailed inquiry.”—Ian Butler, University of Bath
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