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


Human service workers need more than just common sense. Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare offers a comprehensive introduction to practice skills required across the human service sector.

The authors use critical analysis to systematically outline the key stages of interaction with clients: engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation. Drawing on a strengths approach, they examine the skills needed for working with different types of clients: individuals, families and community groups. They also explore the dilemmas faced in daily practice, including the challenges of working with involuntary clients, clients from different cultural backgrounds, and clients in crisis situations.

Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare provides a model of integrated practice which incorporates the key components of ideology, theory, phase, skill and context. Detailed case studies demonstrate how welfare services can be delivered in different contexts. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated and includes new material on online services and strengths-based practice.

Written by experienced teachers and practitioners from Australia and New Zealand, Practice Skills in Social Work and Welfare is a practical and user friendly text for students and reference for practitioners.


Jane Maidment and Ronnie Egan

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. Nine practitioners and six academics have contributed to this second edition of the text, and changes that have been made reflect recent shifts in the human service sector in Australia and New Zealand. the various case studies highlight the diversity of practice settings and challenges in the current human service context. 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 . . .

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