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Palgrave Macmillan

Reflective Social Work Practice

ISBN 9781137301987
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Practical Social Work Series

Social workers often have to make difficult decisions that are affected by their emotions, values and the relationships they have built. The ability to explore and critically analyse your work can help you understand and manage your own emotional needs, as well as support you with improving your social work skills and ensuring anti-oppressive practice.

Offering an accessible and innovative guide to reflective practice, this book:


• Applies the principles of critical reflection to some of the most challenging aspects of the job; such as building relationships, undertaking assessments and making decisions about risk.

• Uses diary extracts, engaging case studies and reflective activities to provide a framework for applying reflection to your everyday practice.


Whether you are a student of social work or an experienced practitioner, this book will be your guide to understanding, developing and improving your social work practice.

Divya Jindal-Snape is a Professor in Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions at the University of Dundee, UK.

Jane Fenton is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Ann Hodson is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Richard Ingram is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Regan Shaw is a Lecturer in Community Learning and Development at the University of Dundee, UK.

1. Introduction - The Social Work Context
2. Dynamics of Critical Reflection and Reflexivity
3. Communications Skills for Building and Sustaining Relationships
4. Undertaking Life Changing Assessments
5. Critically Informed Interventions
6. Making Significant Risk Decisions
7. Meetings
8. Records and Report Writing
9. Effective Supervision - Reflection, Support and Direction
10. From a Reflective Social Work Practitioner to a Reflective Social Work Organisation

Reviews

'This highly recommended text brings critical reflection to life through the use of case studies, diary entries and activities which prompt readers to reflect on their own emerging professional practice.' – Barbara Bassot, Senior Lecturer in Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
'This book takes the concepts and skills of critical reflection and reflexivity into real world practice situations by showing how the reflective process may be used in assessment, intervention, defensible decision making, report writing and meetings. An invaluable resource.' – Erna O'Connor, Assistant Professor and Fieldwork Coordination, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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