Social Working

Author: Gerald A. J. De Montigny
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802077269
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Social Science

de Montigny uses the tension between his experience of growing up 'working class' and the difficult process of becoming a social worker to explore the practical activities professionals use to secure organizational power and authority over clients.

Best Practice with Older People

Author: Karen Jones
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137368454
Release Date: 2013-08-30
Genre: Social Science

Social workers often have to handle a great deal of negativity in their working lives. This book celebrates social work practice at its most positive and influential and, in doing so, contributes to a growing literature on critical best practice. Focused on 12 unique and compelling stories of social work with older people, the authors: • provide a fresh and realistic insight into life as a social worker, and the dilemmas and difficulties that practitioners typically face • illustrate how knowledge, theory and research are integrated in professional decision-making and action • show social workers analyzing their own cases and include reflective questions to help readers formulate their own learning and thereby develop their own practice This book provides students on qualifying courses with an invaluable perspective on real life practice, and gives qualified practitioners the opportunity to reflect on and better their own practice.

Effective Social Work with Children Young People and Families

Author: Steven Walker
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446252246
Release Date: 2012-08-16
Genre: Social Science

With case studies, interactive activities, summaries and guidance throughout, this book looks at the changing context of children and young people’s services heralded by the structural, organizational and funding changes put forward in Eileen Munro’s Review of Child Protection. It is strongly grounded in research and theory, and gives specific consideration to how systems theory can help practitioners in understanding families. It highlights the need for every social work practitioner to develop the capacity to undertake unified assessments and interventions in a wide variety of settings with individuals, families, and groups where there are child protection and safeguarding concerns.

Best Practice with Children and Families

Author: Barry Cooper
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137003027
Release Date: 2014-12-12
Genre: Political Science

A practice-based blueprint for all work with children and families, this title takes a bottom-up approach to a highly-contested field of social work. Based on the authors' interviews with practising social workers, it provides examples of best practice in this challenging area, encouraging professional development through reflection.

Working with Older People

Author: John Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134258413
Release Date: 2007-10-11
Genre: Medical

Working with older people has become an increasingly important part of social work education and practice. Whether studying community care, adult services, human growth and development, or social work processes and interventions, this book will be a vital source of information and help. Working with Older People provides a framework of knowledge, skills and values pertinent to qualifying social work courses and the new post-qualifying award in Social Work with Adults, including discussion of: ideas about human development and theories of older age legislation, social policy and social welfare skills for working with older people assessment and care planning partnership working. Written by two experienced educators and practitioners, this key text facilitates individual or group learning through features such as objectives for each chapter, case studies and further reading suggestions. There are numerous activities throughout the book and the final chapter contains pointers to consider for all of the activities. It will be essential reading for social work students and qualified social workers.

Life Story Work with Children Who are Fostered or Adopted

Author: Katie Wrench
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857006745
Release Date: 2013-03-28
Genre: Family & Relationships

Life story work is one of the key therapeutic approaches to working with adopted or fostered children. While it sounds simple, there is much more to this work than producing photo albums or memory boxes for children. This accessible book is full of tried and tested activities and creative ideas for professionals, parents and carers who may have little time and few resources, but who need to carry out life story work that works for children. The authors describe the optimum conditions in which to carry out life story work and feature activities to accompany each of the necessary stages: creating a sense of safety, emotional literacy, building resilience, exploring identity, sharing information and looking to the future. This book will be a vital tool for social workers, foster carers, adopters, students and any frontline practitioners involved in working with traumatised children.

Face to Face with Emotions in Health and Social Care

Author: Benjamin Gray
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461434023
Release Date: 2012-05-10
Genre: Psychology

This book draws from the everyday experiences as well as the harsh realities confronting behavioral care providers on the frontline. The book recounts the stories and sometimes disturbing emotions of people whose lives have undergone sudden change or even drastic trauma; people whose feelings of comfort and safety have been shattered by exposure to illness, abuse, death and bereavement. The perspectives and experiences of nurses, social care staff, patients, children and families are at the core of understanding the importance, challenges and therapeutic vitality of emotions. The 55 individuals on the frontline who took part in the interviews on which this study is based discuss the emotions associated with care in mental health, pediatric oncology, AIDS/HIV, as well as child protection and abuse, racism, refugee exile, poverty, and social exclusion. Their bravery, openness, and ability to communicate and share their emotions make this book possible. ​

The Front Line Leader

Author: Chris Van Gorder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118933367
Release Date: 2014-10-10
Genre: Business & Economics

Real leadership that leads to high engagement, higherperformance, and a culture of accountability As president and CEO of Scripps Health, one of America's mostprestigious health systems, Chris Van Gorder presided over adramatic turnaround, catapulting Scripps from near bankruptcy to adominant market position. While hospitals and health systemsnationwide have laid people off or are closing their doors, Scrippsis financially healthy, has added thousands of employees (even witha no-layoff philosophy), and has developed a reputation as a topemployer. What are the secrets to this remarkable story? In The Front-Line Leader, Chris Van Gorder candidlyshares his own incredible story, from police officer to CEO, andthe leadership philosophy that drives all of his decisions andactions: people come first. Van Gorder began his unlikely career asa California police officer, which deeply instilled in him a senseof social responsibility, honesty, and public service. After beinginjured on the job and taking an early retirement, Van Gorder hadto reinvent himself, taking a job as a hospital security director,a job that would change his life. Through hard work anddetermination, he rose to executive ranks, eventually becoming CEOof Scripps. But he never forgot his own roots and powerful workethic, or the time when he was a security officer and a CEO wouldnot make eye contact with him. Van Gorder leads from the front lines, making it a priority toknow his employees and customers at every level. His values learnedon the force—protecting the community, educating citizens,developing caring relationships, and ultimately doing the rightthing—shape his approach to business. As much as companiestalk about accountability, managers seldom understand whatpractical steps to take to achieve an ethic of service that makesaccountability meaningful. The Front-Line Leader outlinesspecific tactics and steps anyone can use starting today to takeresponsibility, inspire others, and achieve breakout results fortheir organizations. Van Gorder reveals how a no-layoff philosophyled to higher accountability, how his own attention to seeminglyminor details spurred larger change, and how his own high standardsfor himself and his team improved morale and productivity. From general strategy to the tiny, everyday steps leaders cantake to create the kind of culture and accountability thattranslates into major competitive advantage, The Front-LineLeader charts a path to better leadership and a more engaged,higher-performing organization.

Ecological Social Work

Author: Jennifer McKinnon
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137401373
Release Date: 2016-06-10
Genre: Science

The world is on the brink of ecological crisis. In the last decade we have seen a number of catastrophic events that illustrate this, including the 2004 tsunami across the Pacific, which killed over 150,000 people, and Hurricane Katrina in the United States, which left thousands dead and millions displaced. As the frequency and scale of environmental disasters has increased, social workers have found themselves on the front line of crisis interventions, working to ensure that the basic needs of communities are met. This evocative, highly thought-provoking book encourages social workers to incorporate an awareness of the physical environment into their work with individuals, groups and communities. Written by an international group of experts and led by two of the top names in the field, it offers an examination of key theoretical concepts combined with specific guidance on developing an ecological social work practice in a variety of situations – from daily life in urban communities to post-disaster sites – from areas across the globe. A fresh new perspective on a topic that gains greater significance day by day, Ecological Social Work calls for practitioners to use their skills in speaking on behalf of the vulnerable to lend their voice to the physical environment: to bring forward the stories of those marginalised by environmental disaster in order to lead creative solutions to this most fundamental of crises.

Crisis

Author: Lee Ann Hoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199364183
Release Date: 2014-08-29
Genre: Social Science

Unlike books focusing on a single crisis topic, Crisis helps recognize common signs of endangerment across a range of life challenges by showing the interconnections between various harmful events. Through media coverage of school shootings, suicides, domestic abuse, workplace violence, and more, we've become accustomed to hearing about violence and trauma-almost invariably followed by reports that show all of the warning signs that were missed. While it is impossible to predict when, where, and with whom a crisis will occur, we do have the means to be better equipped to intervene in stressful situations before they tip over into a crisis. Important preventative information is readily available, and this book better prepares us to take appropriate responsive action. Often a crisis is the result of a critical life event; whether or not a life-changing event turns into a crisis depends on the type, timing, and interpretation of the event, the person's life cycle development phase, history of healthy coping, and available timely support. In sum, Lee Ann Hoff illustrates how to recognize crisis as both danger and opportunity. The more we know about how to spot a potential crisis and what to do, the more likely distressed persons will get the help they need.

Daughters of Shame

Author: Jasvinder Sanghera
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781848948327
Release Date: 2009-06-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The woman who has done more than anyone to expose the plight of women in forced marriages tells their harrowing and moving stories. 'I listen to those stories – told by women who have been drugged, beaten, imprisoned, raped and terrorised within the walls of the homes they grew up in. I listen and I am humbled by their resilience.' Jasvinder Sanghera knows what it means to flee from your family under threat of forced marriage – and to face the terrible consequences that follow. As a young girl that was just what she had to do. Jasvinder is now at the frontline of the battle to save women from the honour-based violence and threat of forced marriage that destroyed her own youth. DAUGHTERS OF SHAME reveals the stories of young women such as Shazia, kidnapped and taken to Pakistan to marry a man she had never met; and Banaz, murdered by her own family after escaping an abusive marriage. By turns frightening, enthralling and uplifting, DAUGHTERS OF SHAME reveals Jasvinder as a woman heedless of her own personal safety as she fights to help these women, in a world where the suffering and abuse of many is challenged by the courage of the few.

The Social Worker Speaks

Author: Mr David Burnham
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409484356
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Political Science

The Social Worker Speaks charts the motivations, work activities and attitudes of social workers across the country from 1904 to 1989. The book is about workers in the public sector (from Poor Law to Social Services Departments), probation and workers in the voluntary field (including early century philanthropic visiting societies as well as specialist societies such as the Children's Society and the NSPCC). Where possible accounts by and the words and thoughts of social workers themselves are used. Since the war, histories of social work have concentrated on practice theory and methods, developments instigated by legislation, university training and professional status, but there has been little attention paid to who social workers were, what they believed, what they actually did, and what they thought of what they did. Also, individual social workers appearing in nearly all histories have been 'leaders' - managers, teachers or academics, with people who did the job on the front line accorded barely a mention. If part of the aim of this book is to remedy this partial coverage, another aim is to offer a more human history of social workers. There is too little celebration or humour in what has been published about the history of social workers; The Social Worker Speaks deliberately includes stories of how social workers behaved, their frustrations and triumphs, passions and occasional sins. So this is deliberately not a history of social work, but a history of social workers - the first of its kind.