Author: Chris Dyke

Publisher: Critical Publishing

ISBN: 1911106082

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Writing assessments and reports is a core part of a social worker’s role. Yet Ofsted, courts and research all identify a lack of analytical rigour in social work reports. Many are overlong, descriptive reports where what is needs is the application of professional judgement, a clear analysis and the ability to pull out causal relationships. Writing Analytical Assessments in Social Work is a guide to the principles of good writing and methodically shows you: how to analyse how to structure the process of writing an assessment (researching, chronologising, informed data-gathering, putting it all together), and how to get this done under time constraints. Written in an accessible way and packed with examples and case studies, this book is both practically-minded and constantly returning to first principles: reminding you what it is you are trying to achieve and teaching you how to write reports that can be read by families and judges alike. You will learn how to write high quality, useful and timely assessments without becoming mechanistic or managerial. It aims to kill the myth of a trade-off between efficiency and quality of work.
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The Essential Guide to Assessing Vulnerable Children, Young People and their Families

Author: Jan Horwath,Dendy Platt

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784503827

Category: Social Science

Page: 608

View: 3496

This definitive textbook provides accessible information on best practice for assessing the needs and strengths of vulnerable children and their families. It explores the challenges that practitioners face routinely - with suggestions as to how to address them - as well as the established areas for assessment, of children's developmental needs, parenting ability and motivation, and socio-economic factors. This new edition has been extended substantially to include recent practice, policy and theoretical developments, such as understanding the lived experience of children, young people, and family members. It also considers children's neurological development, assessing parental capacity to change, early help assessments, emerging areas of practice such as child sexual exploitation, and working with asylum-seeking and trafficked children. Crucially, this updated edition takes a broader approach in offering relevant information to a range of professionals working with vulnerable children. The importance of inter-professional working is emphasised throughout.
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Author: Louise Frith,Ruben Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780335263929

Category:

Page: 176

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Communicating in writing is a highly valued skill which is central to the fabric of social work practice. Good writing is critical in informing sound decisions in the interests of service users, yet it is a skill that can often be neglected in the face of demanding social work roles. This book aims to help social workers to write clearly, accurately and objectively in all contexts, so that they can communicate effectively with multiple audiences. It gives social workers practical guidance and advice on how to write unambiguously, efficiently and analytically, demonstrating how important writing skills are to the professional identity of social workers. Topics covered include: * Advice on all communication types including emails, letters, case notes, reports, funding applications and text messages * Techniques for planning and organising your writing * Using professional language and vocabulary appropriate to your audiences * A refresher on common grammar mistakes that can detract from your message * Information on the legal frameworks you should be aware of when recording events, conversations, and recommendations * Meeting the requirements of reports where space to express yourself may be at a premium Each chapter contains numerous exercises, with examples of good analytical writing included to help writers to develop their own competence. Case studies drawn from real scenarios relate the skills being discussed directly to practice. This book is an indispensable manual for all social work students, newly qualified social workers and experienced professionals who want a practical guide to improving their writing. "I am pleased to endorse this very important book for aspiring social workers and qualified social workers. In my view this book will assist to improve competency in a range of effective written communications and develop personal confidence in the writing skills of social workers and other social care staff. A significant part of the role of social care staff is to be able to present a variety of information clearly in written form, conveying perspectives, knowledge and facts effectively in a variety of ways and to different audiences. In my work I have found that some of the areas where social workers need most improvement are punctuation, followed by grammar and clarity within their writing. Many also need to work on tenses, sentence structure and spelling. Those who read and use this book effectively will benefit greatly in improving their professional standards. For some of those, English may not be their first language. This book will give them the opportunity to gain confidence in writing skills, to improve their report writing skills, to avoid ambiguities and misunderstanding in relation to their work helping them to improve their ability to write for an agreed audience which captivates and retains the attention of the reader. This new confidence in their writing capability should have a knock-on effect to assist how they present cases and communicate with various people." Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, Chief Executive & Managing Partner, Bokell Associates Ltd, Magistrate, and recognized leader in the field of workforce development "Writing well matters! Writing is a necessary social work skill to ensure positive outcomes for service users and carers and to promote the profession of social work. This text is a critical resource for social work students and social workers to review and enhance their professional writing. Frith and Martin provide a solid rationale for professional writing and take the reader from technical aspects of writing to specific types of professional writing. The use of examples and exercises throughout enables readers to reflect on their strengths and areas for further development in technical and professional aspects of writing. The text will no doubt make social workers think twice before they write. This book is not a "once read" text for students or social workers, but rather a resource to keep within one's reach!" Barbra Teater, Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, America "Professional writing is an essential part of a social worker's repertoire. Poor professional writing is frequently criticised, in particular in the courts, making this volume an essential tool for social workers and students. It is accessible and clearly written. I highly recommend it." Joyce Lishman, Emeritus Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK "In Professional Writing Skills for Social Workers, Frith and Martin have developed an easy-to-read guide for newly qualified (and long qualified) social workers to use in a very practical way. The book covers all areas of writing in a professional context from the correct use of grammar, punctuation and expected salutations to more specific style guides which cover reports, assessments and case records as well as writing in a broader sense which includes SMS, social media and emails. This book provides a useful guide to those who are moving from academic writing to professional writing but it is also a valuable and accessible reminder for all who need to write in a professional manner, however long they have been doing so. This book is a valuable addition to the shelf of anyone working in the health and social care sectors." Victoria Hart, Mental Health Social Worker, UK
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Author: Lesley Deacon,Stephen J. Macdonald

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 1473987466

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 4980

Understanding how theory informs social work practice is an area that students can often find challenging. This book will help students understand how theory impacts and informs social work practice across a range of contexts and with different service user groups. It starts off by briefly setting the context, introducing students to the importance of social work theory and its development over the years, before moving on to look at different types of theory across 17 tightly structured chapters. These cover a range of psychological theories, sociological theories, ethics and moral philosophies, political theories and ideologies, and organisational theories.
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Author: Keith Brown,Lynne Rutter

Publisher: Sage

ISBN: 9781844451579

Category: Education

Page: 66

View: 1332

Critical thinking as a process can appear formal and academic, and far-removed from everyday practitioner experience. This second edition of Critical Thinking for Social Work enables post-qualifying students to develop their analytical skills in line with their everyday experiences. By placing emphasis on writing, communication, and critical reflection, this book challenges the view that theory and critical awareness are the preserve of the classroom, and instead gives readers the confidence to better enhance their social work skills.
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Author: David Wilkins,Wilkins David Boahen Godfred

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335246508

Category: Political Science

Page: 162

View: 6912

This book will help both pre- and post-qualifying social work students gain an overview of key analysis skills by using case studies, practical examples and practice dilemmas.
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From Assessment to Intervention

Author: Philip Heslop,Cat Meredith

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: 1526454564

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 8481

This book equips readers with the essential knowledge and skills to undertake effective assessments and appropriate interventions with confidence. In part one the authors unpick exactly what assessment is, outline the assessment toolkit, apply this to practice and discuss the ins and outs of the development of a clear care plan. Drawing on activities, case studies and service user perspectives part two guides readers through the application of different intervention methods in varied contexts with diverse service user groups. This book focuses on key issues such as resilience, professional values and ethics, complexity and reflective practice, helping students not only get to grips with all the essential theory but also to develop to emotional and professional intelligence.
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Author: Charles Zastrow

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495809527

Category: Social Science

Page: 640

View: 6913

The bestselling book on the market, Zastrow’s Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People, 10e is also acclaimed as the most comprehensive. Giving readers a thorough overview of the social work profession, the text examines contemporary society with a realistic view of social problems--equipping students with real-world insight they can put into practice. By presenting positive strategies in the context of the core values, ethics, skills, and knowledge base of today’s professional social worker, Zastrow encourages students to think about new and realistic ways to solve problems and empower clients. A wealth of social problems cases, exhibits, and tables helps students apply concepts and compare and contrast the issues. The Tenth Edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest Standards updates as well as new and emerging issues from the field. Packed with cutting-edge coverage and comprehensive CSWE core content, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People, 10e continues to inspire students while giving them true insight into real-world practice. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Author: Judith Milner,Steve Myers,Patrick O'Byrne

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137375663

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 1006

Assessment is a crucial social work task. Yet there is so much to consider that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. This book gives you structured, practical guidance on how to approach this vital professional skill. In a clear and accessible style, the authors provide both the theory behind assessment as well as helpful practice examples. At the heart of this authoritative book is a set of theoretical maps to guide social workers' thinking and decision-making when undertaking assessment. Highlights of this fourth edition are: ■ insights into the kind of high-quality collaborative assessment that is most likely to lead to effective interventions ■ chapters discussing the specific challenges of assessment in children's and adult services ■ careful analysis of the latest legislation and government guidance ■ engaging features such as case studies, questions to challenge your perceptions, and thinking points to make you consider your own experience in the workplace. This fully revised edition of a tried-and-tested text gives social work students and practitioners alike a coherent and reliable guide to best practice.
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Wie Google die Art und Weise, wie wir leben und arbeiten, verändert

Author: Laszlo Bock

Publisher: Vahlen

ISBN: 3800650940

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 370

View: 5559

Die Arbeitswelt ändert sich. Sind Sie bereit dafür? Warum Sie ausschließlich Leute einstellen sollten, die besser sind als Sie. Was Sie von Ihren besten und schwächsten Mitarbeitern lernen können. Warum Sie den Managern Macht entziehen sollten. Weshalb Sie Entwicklung nicht mit Leistungsmanagement verwechseln dürfen. Warum Sie unfair entlohnen sollten. „Google schreibt an unserer Kulturgeschichte. Work Rules zeigt mit verblüffender Offenheit, wie eines der innovativsten Biotope funktioniert. Auf Basis einer nicht hintergehbaren Mission präsentiert Laszlo Bock ein experimentelles und evidenzbasiertes People Management. Am Ende sehen wir einige unverrückbare Regeln, aber vor allem eine Fülle über die Eigenverantwortung des Einzelnen herausreichenden Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten. Hierauf kann und muss nun jeder selbst aufsetzen.“ Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weibler, Autor des Standardwerkes „Personalführung“ „Wer verbringen die meiste Zeit unseres Lebens am Arbeitsplatz. Es kann deshalb nicht richtig sein, wenn hier unsere Erfahrungen von Demotivation, Unfreundlichkeit und Menschenverachtung geprägt sind“, sagt Laszlo Bock. Damit beschreibt er den Kern seines Buches „Work Rules!“, ein fesselndes Manifest mit dem Potenzial, die Art und Weise, wie wir arbeiten, zu verändern. Google gehört zu den attraktivsten Arbeitgebern weltweit und erhält jährlich etwa zwei Millionen Bewerbungen für wenige Tausend offener Stellen. Was macht Google so attraktiv? Die Personalauswahl ist härter als an den Universitäten Harvard, Yale oder Princeton, und doch zieht das Unternehmen die talentiertesten Menschen an. Warum bekommen einige Mitarbeiter bestimmte Sozialleistungen, andere aber wiederum nicht? Warum verbringt das Unternehmen so viel Zeit mit der Einstellung eines Mitarbeiters? Und stimmt es, dass die Mitarbeiter mit 20 % ihrer Arbeitszeit tun können, was sie wollen? Work Rules! zeigt, wie eine Balance zwischen Kreativität und Struktur in Organisationen hergestellt werden kann, die zu nachweisbarem Erfolg führt – und zwar in der Lebensqualität der Mitarbeiter und den Marktanteilen des Unternehmens. Das Erfolgsgeheimnis von Google im Umgang mit seinen Mitarbeitern lässt sich kopieren – in großen wie in kleinen Organisationen, von einzelnen Mitarbeitern wie von Managern. Nicht in jeder Firma ist es möglich, Vergünstigungen wie kostenlose Mahlzeiten zu gewähren, aber buchstäblich jeder kann nachmachen, was Google ganz besonders auszeichnet. Laszlo Bock leitet das Personalressort bei Google, einschließlich aller Bereiche, die mit der Anwerbung, Entwicklung und Mitarbeiterbindung zu tun haben, von denen es weltweit über 50.000 an mehr als 70 Standorten gibt. Während seiner Zeit bei Google wurde das Unternehmen über 100 Mal zum herausragenden Arbeitgeber erklärt, darunter auch die Auszeichnung als „#1 Best Company to Work for“ in den USA, Argentinien, Australien, Brasilien, Kanada, Frankreich, Indien, Irland, Italien, Japan, Korea, Mexiko, den Niederlanden, Polen, Russland, der Schweiz und Großbritannien. 2010 wurde er vom Magazin Human Resource Executive als „Human Resources Executive of the Year“ ausgezeichnet. 2014 gelangte Laszlo als einziger HR-Executive auf der Liste der „zehn einflussreichsten Menschen im Bereich HR“ des Jahrzehnts.
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Author: Christine Knott,Terry Scragg

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 1473967813

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Reflective practice is at the heart of becoming a competent and confident social worker. It’s both a key element of learning and development on social work courses and an important aspect of social work practice. This accessible and introductory text explores a range of approaches to reflective practice that aims to help students become more confident in answering key questions, including 'what is reflective practice?', ‘how do I develop as a reflective practitioner?’, ‘how do I maintain reflective practice in key contexts?’. There are sections on writing reflective journals, communicating well with service users and carers and reflective practice while on placements.
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Author: Jane Wonnacott

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857004031

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Effective supervision helps to nurture confident social workers who are able to look after service users in the best possible way. Social work supervisors and managers need mastery of the relevant knowledge and skills in order to ensure successful social work practice. This book is an accessible guide to the essential skills of social work supervision. It covers the development of the supervisor–supervisee relationship, the assessment and management of risk, understanding and managing poor performance, and support for the supervisors themselves. The book follows a model which recognises the far reaching impact of supervision and provides a sound foundation for critical thinking and reflective practice. Practice vignettes and exercises for the reader are included throughout the book. This book is essential reading for social work students, social work supervisors and managers, practice teachers and assessors, and trainers, as well as those in allied professions.
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Author: Peter Scourfield

Publisher: Learning Matters

ISBN: 1526417464

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 4493

This very practical book will support students to meet the requirements of the compulsory Readiness for Direct Practice assessment. Useful for social work students and lecturers alike, it takes each of the 9 domains that students are tested on, breaks them down step-by step and provides a range of interactive activities that enable them to acquire the knowledge, values and skills for practice required at this level. It offers students a foundation to the key areas of knowledge for each of the 9 domains, while also signposting them to other popular books in the Transforming Social Work Practice series for a more detailed discussion as well.
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Theories and Skills for Social Workers

Author: David A. Hardcastle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199842650

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

View: 1593

For almost two decades, Community Practice has been a definitive text for social workers, community practitioners, and students eager to help individuals contribute to and use community resources or work to change oppressive community structures. In this third edition, a wealth of new charts and cases spotlight the linkages between theoretical orientations and practical skills, with an enhanced emphasis on the inherently political nature of social work and community practice. Boxes, examples, and exercises illustrate the range of skills and strategies available to savvy community practitioners in the 21st century, including networking, marketing and staging, political advocacy, and leveraging information and communication technologies. Other features include: - New material on community practice ethics, critical practice skills, community assessment and assets inventory and mapping, social problem analysis, and applying community ractice skills to casework practice - Consideration of post-9/11 community challenges - Discussion on the changing ethnic composition of America and what this means for practitioners - An exploration of a vastly changed political landscape following the election of President Obama, the Great Recession, the rise of the Tea Party, and the increasing political and corporate use of pseudo-grassroots endeavors - A completely revamped instructor's manual available online at www.oup.com/us/communitypractice This fully revised classic text provides a comprehensive and integrated overview of the community theory and skills fundamental to all areas of social work practice. Broad in scope and intensive in analysis, it is suitable for undergraduate as well as graduate study. Community Practice offers students and practitioners the tools necessary to promote the welfare of individuals and communities by tapping into the ecological foundations of community and social work practice.
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A Critical Thinker's Guide

Author: Eileen Gambrill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199757259

Category: Social Science

Page: 687

View: 6860

The first textbook to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills to practice, this third edition of the classic Social Work Practice retains its unique focus on thinking critically about decisions that social workers make daily. Organized around the phases of helping, this hands-on introduction highlights the decision points that social workers encounter during assessment, intervention, and evaluation. This text, together with its companion website, provides students with a wealth of hands-on exercises for developing and assessing their practice skills. Most importantly, it helps students enhance client well-being by becoming critical thinkers and evidence-informed practitioners.
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Author: Jacqueline Corcoran,Joseph Walsh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199741465

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

View: 7383

This revolutionary, user-friendly textbook not only guides social workers in developing competence in the DSM system of diagnosis, it also assists them in staying attuned during client assessment to social work values and principles: a focus on client strengths, concern for the worth and dignity of individuals, appreciation of environmental influences on behavior, and commitment to evidence-informed practice. The authors, seasoned practitioner-scholars, provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They skillfully integrate several perspectives in order to help practitioners meet the challenges they will face in client assessment. A risk and resilience framework helps social workers understand environmental influences on the emergence of mental disorders and the strengths that clients already possess. Social workers will also learn to apply critical thinking to the DSM when it is inconsistent with social work values and principles. Finally, the authors catalog the latest evidence-based assessment instruments and treatments for each disorder so that social workers can intervene efficiently and effectively, using the best resources available. Students and practitioners alike will appreciate the wealth of case examples, evidence-based assessment instruments, treatment plans, and new social diversity sections that make this an essential guide to the assessment and diagnostic processes in social work practice.
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Author: Michaela Rogers,Dawn Whitaker,David Edmondson,Donna Peach

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987164

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 5222

Are your students struggling to get to grips with what social work actually looks like in real-life practice? Are they wanting to know more about how they can develop the right skills and implement the right theory in many different practice situations? Then you have come to the right place! This book will provide your students with everything they need to know and more, helping them develop and hone their skills and make the best start in their practice placements. To get the most out of this book and access more materials to support them through their social work degree, visit the companion website at https://www.study.sagepub.com/rogers to read journal articles, access ‘how to..’ guides and helpful links, as well as hear first-hand from frontline social workers, services users, carers and more.
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Author: Paula Allen-Meares,Charles Garvin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761914990

Category: Medical

Page: 733

View: 7625

The Handbook of Social Work Direct Practice discusses the context of practice, its theories and frameworks, approaches to change fields of practice, research and empirical issues, and professional issues. Written by a group of contributors, who are leading expert in their fields, this volume will service a definitive reference for social work students and professionals.
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A Practical Guide for Students

Author: Sarah Foote,Anne Quinney,Matt Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317861205

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

View: 8545

The Social Work Assignments Handbook is the complete guide to preparing for, carrying out and writing up a social work assignment or project. Designed to support students through their assignments from beginning to end, each stage is fully explained through friendly advice and practical guidance so that students can feel confident in their work, whether they’re writing up quantitative research findings or carrying out a literature review.
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A Handbook for Developing Professional Confidence

Author: Linda Bruce

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335244092

Category: Education

Page: 162

View: 1831

Reflective practice is at the heart of becoming a competent and confident social work professional. This book demystifies the reflective process and provides a straight forward knowledge base to enhance professional development.
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