Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare: More Than Just Common Sense

Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare: More Than Just Common Sense

Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare: More Than Just Common Sense

Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare: More Than Just Common Sense

Synopsis

A thorough introduction to the core practice skills needed by social work and welfare professionals.

Excerpt

This text is primarily aimed at teaching and learning practice skills for social work and ‘welfare students in Australia and New Zealand. In writing, collecting, and editing these chapters we have used material that reflects contemporary practice issues, debates and dilemmas students are likely to encounter in their field placements. Many of the specific interpersonal skills we discuss throughout the text will be helpful for students not only in their professional capacity as future practitioners, but also in day-to-day encounters with colleagues, peers, family and friends. Although the content of the text is important, we believe the process for teaching and learning these skills is equally significant. We have therefore also aimed to create a'culture of learning’ within the text that will challenge, motivate and inspire students to actively experiment with practice styles and critically examine their own values.

Our subtitle ‘more than just common sense’ suggests that there are problems with relying on the veracity of'what is called'common sense’. Further it suggests that we need more than common sense in our practice. We believe it is important to have both an understanding of what common sense is and of its limitations. Limitations, if unrecognised, can have a profound negative impact upon practice. Common sense assumes a sound practical perception or understanding that we share. The difficulty with this view is that there is an underlying notion that common sense accords with the dominant cultural view. The implications of such a view, if left unchallenged or unacknowledged, can lead to misunderstandings between people. This is especially the case . . .

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