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Making sense of theory and its application to social work practice

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Making sense of theory and its application to social work practice

AUTHOR : By Phil Musson

ISBN : 9781911106647

Edition No : 1

Publication : 8 Jun 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106678

Edition No : 1

Publication : 8 Jun 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106654

Edition No : 1

Publication : 8 Jun 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

ISBN : 9781911106661

Edition No : 1

Publication : 8 Jun 2017

Extent : 176 pgs

Description

Social work students and some practitioners often struggle to get their head around the application of theory and associated methods of intervention derived from the social sciences to social work practice. Although there are a number of texts on this topic available, Making sense of theory and its application to social work practice offers a fresh approach written with the ‘non- theoretician’ in mind.  

 

After exploring the expectations and limits of application of theory to practice, the author sets about describing theories of explanation and their associated methods of intervention. He follows this by looking at theoretically driven approaches and their associated methods of intervention. One generic case study is used throughout, tweaked slightly but maintaining the same service users and presenting issues so the reader can see how the theory of explanation or approach and the associated method of intervention is applied. The text also offers opportunities for the reader to engage their critical thinking skills as they are invited to think critically in respect of the theories of explanation and approaches discussed.

Applying Theories in Social Work is written to be immense value to both social work students and practitioners.

Contents

Chapter one Setting the scene

Chapter two What’s going on? The application of theories of explanation to social work practice

Chapter three Application of approaches to social work practice

Chapter four Integration of theory and approach in holistic practice

 Chapter five

Conclusion

Author

Phil Musson’s career in social work has been one of continual development from student to skilled practitioner to training officer to snr. lecturer. He readily acknowledges that social work is a demanding occupation at both emotional and intellectual levels. He also acknowledges a sense of privilege in having spent the majority of his working life as a social worker and latterly as a facilitator in the learning and development of others’ who are or wish to become qualified social work practitioners also. It is, he believes incumbent on the practitioner to have a conscious and deliberate understanding of why and how they intervene in the lives of their service users and he hope this book will make a valued contribution toward that understanding.

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Your 'making sense of theory' book is truly wonderful. Honestly - it's just what is needed and it will be top of the reading list for the MA 'theories and methods' module.

Ani Murr, University of Wolverhampton
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