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Third edition, 2015
Publisher: Kirwin Maclean Associates Ltd.
Authors: Siobhan Maclean and Rob Harrison
Size: 2 Mb;
"Theory and Practice: A Straightforward Guide for Social Work Students" is a comprehensive textbook designed to provide clear explanations of key social work theories and their application in real-world practice. It serves as a bridge between theoretical knowledge and practical application, offering students a deep understanding of foundational concepts from social work pioneers like Freud, Maslow, Piaget, and Erikson, as well as contemporary theories such as cognitive-behavioral theories and systemic approaches.
This textbook guides students through the practical application of social work theories in real-life scenarios, emphasizing the development of essential skills like communication, active listening, empathy, conflict resolution, and ethical decision-making. It encourages critical analysis of social work theories, considering their strengths, limitations, and cultural relevance. The book also addresses ethical considerations, helping students navigate ethical dilemmas, maintain professional boundaries, and uphold confidentiality and codes of conduct.
In addition to theoretical knowledge, the textbook explores various social work settings such as healthcare, schools, child welfare agencies, and community organizations. It discusses working with diverse populations, including children, families, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and those experiencing mental health challenges. The book emphasizes the integration of research methodologies and evidence-based practices into social work, teaching students how to analyze research findings and apply them to their practice.
Furthermore, the textbook promotes self-reflection and personal development among social work professionals, acknowledging the emotional demands of the profession. It encourages self-care strategies, stress management, and resilience building. Additionally, the book addresses cultural competency and intersectionality, teaching social workers how to respect and embrace diversity, considering factors like race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status.
Throughout the textbook, students are provided with resources, recommended readings, and references for further exploration of specific social work theories, practices, and specialized areas within the field. The book serves as an essential guide for social work students, helping them navigate the complexities of social work theory and practice with confidence and competence.