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Palgrave Macmillan

Modern Social Work Theory

Edition 4th edition
ISBN 9780230249608
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This masterly text is a classic in its field and will be a reliable companion throughout the course of your studies and your career as a social work practitioner.

In this substantially reworked and updated fourth edition of his best-selling text, Malcolm Payne presents clear and concise evaluations of the pros and cons of major theories that inform social work practice, and comparisons between them. Modern Social Work Theory is now more accessible and comprehensive than ever, offering:

the most complete coverage of social work theory, from classic perspectives to the very latest ideas, including a new chapter dedicated to strengths, narrative and solutions approaches
• a host of brand new case examples showing how theories can be applied to everyday practice
• new analysis of the ethical dimensions of different social work theories and what common values they share
• 'Pause and Reflect' questions to encourage you to draw on your own experience and develop your thinking
• updated 'Example text' sections which summarise the most current thinking and help bridge the gap between introductions to each theory and more specialist writing.

Malcolm Payne is a writer, academic and consultant on social work, social care management and multiprofessional teamwork. Currently Policy and Development Adviser at St Christopher's Hospice, London, he was previously Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the Hospice. He has held academic posts at the University of Bristol, UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Opole University, Poland. He has honorary appointments at the Department of Social Policy, Helsinki University, Finland and the School of Social Care Sciences, Kingston University, UK.

1. The Social Construction of Social Work Theory
2. Evaluating Social Work Theory
3. Connecting Theory and Practice
4. Psychodynamic Practice
5. Crisis and Task Centred Models
6. Cognitive Behavioural Practice
7. Systems and Ecological Practice
8. Macro Practice, Social Development and Social Pedagogy
9. Strengths, Narrative and Solution Practice
10. Humanistic Practice, Existentialism and Spirituality
11. Empowerment and Advocacy
12. Critical Practice
13. Feminist Practice
14. Anti-Oppressive and Multicultural Sensitivity Practice


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