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Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook By Pamela Trevithick

Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook by Pamela Trevithick

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A leading text in the field of social work skills and methods, illustrating how these two are linked, with a grounding in theory.

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Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook by Pamela Trevithick

"What a sensible book, a book born of much wisdom and practical experience. Pamela Trevithick takes the reader on a wonderfully clear but thorough journey of social work's knowledge, skills and values in which theories are elegantly put into practice. The whole enterprise is reassuringly held together by a strong commitment to organised thinking and the value of the social work relationship. For those who want to sharpen their ideas while keeping their practical feet firmly on the ground, this is the book for you."
Professor David Howe, University of East Anglia, UK

"This new edition is an excellent resource for practitioners, students and indeed managers in social work and social care who are committed to effective practice and service delivery ... Trevithick provides a comprehensive knowledge and skills framework and excellent practice examples to enable the reader to apply the knowledge to undertaking skilled and effective practice. This is a clear, readily understandable and comprehensive text which also integrates the complexity of practising social work. I highly recommend it."
Professor Joyce Lishman, recently retired as Head of School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK

"A fantastic guide to social work practice and one I would recommend for the bookshelf of any social work student. It has a user friendly style that presents issues in an accessible way."
Kate Grant, Social Work Student, University of Bristol, UK

"A brilliant MUST BUY book for all social workers. It covers an amazing range of issues which are easy to find using the index. I will use it constantly throughout my career."
Amanda Moorcroft, Social Work Practitioner, UK

Since its first publication in 2000, this best-selling text has been an invaluable resource for thousands of social workers preparing for life in practice. Written by an influential academic-practitioner, it is widely regarded as the leading book in its field.

The third edition has been thoroughly updated to include sections on theoretical, factual and practice knowledge. Key features include:

  • 4 new chapters that integrate theory and practice in a Knowledge and Skills Framework or 'map' of professional practice
  • 80 social work skills and interventions
  • 12 appendices describing a range of different social work approaches
  • A wide range of practice examples linking theory and practice
Social Work Skills is essential reading for all social work students and a valuable reference tool for practising social workers, social services managers and human service professionals.

About Pamela Trevithick

Dr Pamela Trevithick is Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, UK and the Chair of GAPS, a membership organisation promoting relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. She lectures widely in the UK and abroad on a range of issues relating to effective social work practice.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theories and Theorists

Theoretical knowledge
Factual knowledge
Practice knowledge
Understanding human beings

Part 2: Skills and Interventions

Communication, observation, listening and assessment skills
Interviewing skills
Providing help, direction and guidance
Empowerment, negotiation and partnership skills
Professional competence and accountability

Appendix 1: Behavioural approaches
Appendix 2: Cognitive approaches
Appendix 3: Crisis intervention
Appendix 4: Ecological approach in social work
Appendix 5: Feminist perspectives in social work
Appendix 6: Motivational interviewing
Appendix 7: Person-centred approaches
Appendix 8: Psychological approaches
Appendix 9: Radical and activist perspectives in
social work
Appendix 10: Strengths perspective
Appendix 11: Task-centred approaches
Appendix 12: Stages of change (or cycle of change)


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