All social workers encounter complex and diverse forms of loss throughout their practice. Working with Loss, Death and Bereavement helps trainee and practitioners navigate these difficult situations by developing the skills and values necessary for effective and empowering practice. Each chapter is grounded in social work theory and is illustrated by practice scenarios, exercises, suggestions for further study, and contemporary cultural examples from novels and films.
Chapter 1: Introduction
- Basic definitions
- The importance of the social worker as the reflective practitioner
- Examples from contemporary dramas: novels, film and television, biographical accounts
- Scenarios that will be drawn upon throughout the text
- The major ways of assessing loss, including issues of difference and anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive practice
- Core theme of ‘living psychologically beyond our means’
- The structure of this book
This chapter introduces the reader to this text, setting out how it is organized and its contents. It starts out with some key definitions, an overview of basic concepts including understanding and assessing the experience of loss, incorporating the impact of gender and race/ethnicity and from this point exploring the meaning of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. Underlying all this is the text's core aim: how we can be helped to recognize, rescue and ...