Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook

Author(s): 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 and knowledge.


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Dr Pamela Trevithick is Visiting Professor in Social Work at the Buckinghamshire New University and Chair of GAPS, a membership organisation promoting psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. As an academic, Pamela's work has focused on the relationship between theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on social work skills and methods including groupwork. Her practice experience and scholarship is clearly evident in her best-selling text Social Work Skills: A Practice Handbook (OpenUP, 2000 and 2005).

Part 1: Theories and Theorists Introduction 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 Appendices 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) References

General Fields

  • : 9780335238071
  • : Open University Press
  • : Open University Press
  • : January 2012
  • : 228mm X 152mm X 21mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 361.3
  • : 456
  • : ill
  • : Pamela Trevithick
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition