If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Professional Social Work in the Future

Mark DoelJonathan Parker

Professional Social Work in the Future

Professional social work in the future
Mark DoelJonathan Parker

It is a Tuesday lunchtime in 1984 and the social work team is in the local pub, decamped there after the morning's regular weekly meeting. Most of the team has a pub curry and two pints of beer, smoke some cigarettes, then they get into their cars and drive off to visit clients in their homes for the afternoon. It might all seem a bit Life on Mars1 but this was the regular experience of one of the editors (Doel) during the 1970s and 1980s. It is a scene that regularly shocks audiences of newly qualifying social workers three decades later, because much of what was taken for granted ...

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