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Essential Theory for Social Work Practice (Hardcover) (Chris Beckett)

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Aimed at students and practitioners in the UK, this text explains the application of theory in social work. It describes the values and limitations of theory, and its use and abuse; the roles of social workers in the UK, relationship-based work, the use of authority and power, advocacy and empowerment, working as a team, and environmental intervention; theories of explanation and intervention, such as psychodynamic models, attachment theory, cognitive-behavioral theory, constructive approaches, and the task-centered method; the wider context of social work, including family systems, groups and communities, and political perspectives; and issues and dilemmas related to theory. This edition includes exercises and practice notes on the ideas or methods discussed, the skills needed for their application, and ethical considerations. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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