Social Work: Contexts and Practice (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780190308728

Marie Connolly; Louise Harms; Jane Maidment
335 Pages
190 x 245 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
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Social Work: Contexts and Practice is a practical introduction to contemporary issues in social work, providing the context of practice and the broad influences shaping the vision and development of the social work profession. It demonstrates how knowledge contributes to flexible social work responses and identifies the ways in which research findings, theoretical insights and practice wisdom can be integrated within dynamic practice frameworks.

The fourth edition brings together a team of expert authors to guide students through the unique experiences of social work across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores how the enduring commitment to social justice and the protection of human rights shapes social work perspectives and practices.


Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables

Part 1: Social Work and Contemporary Issues
1 The Art and Science of Social Work
2 Social Work Practice Theories and Frameworks
3 Social Justice and Critical Reflection
4 Social Work, Poverty and Disadvantage
5 Revisiting Cross-cultural Practice

Part 2: Fields of Practice
6 Working with Domestic and Family Violence
7 Aboriginal Issues and Practice
8 Making Sense of Indigenous Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand
9 Pasifika Social Work
10 Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
11 Working in Health Social Work
12 Social Work and Disability
13 Working with Older People
14 Supporting Well-being in Mental Health Practice
15 Working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field
16 Working in Child and Family Welfare
17 Social Work and the Justice System
18 Psychosocial Responses to Disaster
19 Trans-Tasman Reflections

Concluding Thoughts

About the author: 

Marie Connolly is Chair and Head of Social Work in the School of Health Sciences at University of Melbourne.; Louise Harms is Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Staff Development) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Deputy Head in the Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.; Jane Maidment is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services and Social Work and Chair of the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee.

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