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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory

Edited by: Malcolm Payne , Emma Reith-Hall

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415793438
eBook ISBN: 9781315211053
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315211053
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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory provides an interdisciplinary and international introduction to social work theory. It presents an analytical review of the wide array of theoretical ideas that influence social work on a global scale. It sets the agenda for future trends within social work theory.

Separated into four parts, this handbook examines important themes within the discourses on social work theory, as well as offering a critical evaluation of how theoretical ideas influence social work as a profession and in practice. It includes a diverse range of interdisciplinary topics, covering the aims and nature of social work, social work values and ethics, social work practice theories and the use of theory in different fields of practice. The contributors show how and why theory is so important to social work and analyze the impact these concepts have made on social intervention.

Bringing together an international team of leading academics within the social work field and newer contributors close to practice, this handbook is essential reading for all those studying social work, as well as practitioners, policymakers and those involved in the associated fields of health and social care.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Social work theory, knowledge and practice Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Theoretical aspects of social work – from eclecticism to integration Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Psychological and counselling theory in social work Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Epistemic discourses of ‘explanation’ and ‘understanding’ in assessment models Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Theorizing social work in the domains of culture, politics and society Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Paradigm shift? Biomedical science and social work thinking Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Care and caring Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Autonomy and dependence Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Empathy, respect and dignity in social work Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The interpretation of social justice, equality and inequality in social work Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Spirituality and secularity Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Relational social work Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Contemporary attachment theory Download PDF
Chapter  14:  How green is social work? Towards an ecocentric turn in social work Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Theory on systems, complexity and chaos Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Cognitive-behavioural therapy and social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Task-centred practice Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Strengths perspective Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Solution-focused practice in social work Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Motivational interviewing’s theory of practice for social work Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Narrative social work Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Mindfulness and social work Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Indigenist social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The social pedagogy dimension of social work activity Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Locality-based social development Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Critical theory and social work Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The return of macro approaches in social work Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Empowerment ideas in social work Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Anti-oppressive practice Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Advocacy ideas in social work Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Feminist ideas in social work Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Family social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Theory for social work with children Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Safeguarding children and the use of theory in practice Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Child and adolescent mental health Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Theories of mental health Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Social work and addiction Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Disability theory and social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Accommodating cognitive differences Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Social work theory and older people Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Holistic end-of-life care in social work Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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