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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Work Theories in Context

Creating Frameworks for Practice

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9781137024244
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This innovative text explores current social work theories and perspectives in a systematic way, using an integrated and flexible framework to link context, theory, and practice approaches. Its international breadth and supportive pedagogical features have ensured the book's value to students of social work all over the world.

Karen Healy is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, Australia. Shehas a strong background in direct social work practiceand has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of four books and numerous papers on many aspects of social work practice and policy studies. She regularly conducts lectures and workshops in Australia and in Europe, particularly in Nordic countries.

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Preface
PART I: STARTING POINTS
1. Introduction: Social Work Theories in Context
PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF PRACTICE
2. Dominant Discourses
3. Professional Discourses
4. Alternative Discourses
PART III: THEORIES IN USE
5. Theory Use in Practice
6. Systems Theories
7. Problem-Solving Approaches
8. Strengths and Solution Focused Practice
9. Empowerment Theory
10. Critical Social Work Theory
11. Postmodernism
12. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

"...[Healy] provides a very usable, easily readable guide to the application of theories to pracitce, and incorporates some thoughtful consideration of service users' rights and perspective that are very relevant to advocacy efforts." - Margarete Parrish, The Higher Education Academy (Social Policy and Social Work)
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