Modern Social Work Theory

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 96
  • Published : February 25, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
MODERN SOCIAL WORK THEORY

Contents
List of Figures List of Tables Preface to the Third Edition A Note on Terminology xiii xiv xv xviii

PART 1 Thinking about social work theory
1 The Construction of Social Work Theory
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS Practice and practice theories Practice and other theory The social construction of welfare and social work Are there paradigms of social work? Is social work theory ‘modern’ or ‘postmodern’? Arenas of social work construction The social construction of practice theory CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: THE GARGERY FAMILY Conclusion Further reading Websites

1 3
3 4 4 5 7 13 15 17 18 21 22 23 23

2

Using Social Work Theory in Practice
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS PRACTICE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS The politics of theory/practice relationships Learning transfer The range of theories: selection or eclecticism How to be eclectic How to use selection Process knowledge and reflective, reflexive and critical thinking Critical thinking CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: THE BURMANS Conclusion Further reading Journal

25
25 25 25 26 28 30 31 31 32 37 39 39 39 40

vii

viii

CONTENTS

3

Issues in Social Work Practice Theory
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS Recent debates about social work theory Analyses of social work theories Work with individuals and families Frameworks for analysing theories Groupwork Community work, macro-social work and administration Other aspects of social work Effectiveness of social work theories The politics of knowledge in practice theory Positivism and interpretivism Evidence-based practice (EBP) views Social construction views Empowerment views Realist views Assessing the politics of social work knowledge CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: THE GARGERY FAMILY 2 The future politics of social work theory Further reading Websites

41
41 41 41 43 43 45 46 48 50 52 54 54 55 58 58 60 62 66 66 67 69

PART I1 Reviewing social work theories
4 Psychodynamic Perspectives
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS PRACTICE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS Wider theoretical perspectives Connections The politics of psychodynamic theory Early psychodynamic social work statements Major statements Howe: attachment theory Attachment theory practice Goldstein: ego psychology Ego psychology practice Therapeutic environments: an application to residential care CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: KATIE AND JAROLD Commentary OVERVIEW Further reading Journals

71 73
73 73 74 74 78 79 79 80 81 84 85 89 91 93 93 95 95 96

5

Crisis Intervention and Task-centred Models
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS

97
97 97

CONTENTS

ix 98 98 99 100 103 103 108 115 116 117 117 118 118

PRACTICE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS Wider theoretical perspectives Connections The politics of crisis intervention and task-centred theory Major statements Roberts: crisis intervention Task-centred casework: Reid and Epstein CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: MR HARDY Commentary OVERVIEW Further reading Journal Website

6

Cognitive-behavioural Theories
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS PRACTICE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS Wider theoretical perspectives Overview Processes of cognitive-behavioural practice Connections The politics of cognitive-behavioural theory Major statements Sheldon: cognitive-behavioural therapy Group and community behavioural techniques Residential work CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: THE GOLDMAN FAMILY Commentary OVERVIEW Further reading

119
119 119 120 120 120 122 127 128 130 130 136 137 139 139 141 141

7

Systems and Ecological Perspectives
What this chapter is about MAIN POINTS PRACTICE ISSUES AND CONCEPTS Wider theoretical perspectives Overview Systems ideas and their applications Connections The politics of systems theory Major statements Germain and Gitterman: the life model Eco-social approach: eco-criticality Networking and social support systems CRITICAL PRACTICE FOCUS: MR HARDY AND HIS NEIGHBOURS Commentary OVERVIEW Further reading

142
142 142 143 143 143 144 147 148 149...
tracking img