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.




I can't remember who told me that they ‘… like to talk about the past but not live in it’. This thought leads to the belief that we should not remain enslaved by events from our past but should use them to help shape our future. It is through this natural introspection and comparison of our memories and experiences that the majority of us adapt and change our reactions to the world around us. Dewey (1933), Kolb (1984) and Schön (1987) have drawn on these ideas to promote the examination of our learning through reflection. Their ideas instigated a movement towards a structured approach to learning from experience. It was Schön who coined the phrase ‘reflective practitioner’. He also highlighted the distinction between ‘reflection on ...

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