This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.

Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.

This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.




A good starting point for this chapter may be to consider why we are looking at counselling in a book on social work when social work in the 21st century is a care/case management activity. The development of social work is charted by Brearley (1995), showing that the focus of intervention is mainly on the individual or their family. Whilst there was a period of radical social work during the 1980s in which social workers challenged the influences in society that created social problems, since then social work has become less of a political activity. Miller (2006) argues that social work focuses on single situations rather than social problems such as unemployment, poverty and ‘delinquent’ teenage behaviour. Consequently social workers aim to work with and ...

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