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A Textbook of Social Work

Brian Sheldon (Author) Geraldine Macdonald (Author)
Synopsis Where did professional social work originate from? How effective are social work interpretations in the lives of vulnerable people?

A Textbook of Social Work provides a comprehensive discussion of social work practice and its evidence base. It strikes a balance between the need for social workers to understand the social, economic, cultural, psychological and interpersonal factors which give rise to client’s problems, and the need for them to know how best to respond with practical measures.

Divided into three parts, the text covers the history and development of social work as a movement and profession in the first part, and social work methods and approaches in the second. The final part looks at the major specialisms, including among others, chapters on:

_ Children and families
_ Youth offenders and substance misusers
_ Social work and mental health
_ Disabled people
_ Older People

Providing a comprehensive guide to conceptual and methodological issues in social work and containing plentiful case studies and examples, this book is an essential read for social work students, as well as a valuable resource for practitioners and academics.
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About the authors

Brian Sheldon

Brian Sheldon is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Research at the University of Exeter, UK. He was previously Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Social Services in its medical school.

Geraldine Macdonald

Geraldine Macdonald is Professor of Social work and Director of the Institute of Child Care Research at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Previously, She was Director of Information and Knowledge Management ate the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Textbook of Social Work
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780415347211
length xviii+430p., Illustrations; Figures; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 24cm.