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.

Social Work Skills, Methods and Theories in Work with Individuals

Social work skills, methods and theories in work with individuals

Chapter Contents

  • Further focus on assessment and understandings of loss
  • Cognitive behavioural methods, how they can be used and the skills of social workers
  • Bereavement counselling, aims and the skills of social workers
  • Ideas of ‘the self as explained by psychodynamic concepts and the ‘threatened identity’
  • Links back to narrative, case examples linked to the social work skills
  • Working with the spiritual dimensions of loss


This chapter acknowledges the growing repertoire of theories and interventions open to social workers in working with individuals. How we decide on a particular approach will clearly rely on our assessment skills and the discussion here will build on the discussion in Chapters 1 and 2 concerning how ...

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