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The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker by David Howe

The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker


The Emotionally Intelligent Social Worker by David Howe

Winner of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles, this key textbook offers an insight on the theory of emotional intelligence and its vital practical value. Elegantly and succinctly written, it makes a powerful case for the importance of understanding and managing emotions for effective professional practice. Written for students and practitioners alike across a range of human services and caring professions, Howe's work on attachment theory has been hugely influential. With a highly regarded reputation for setting the agenda in social work teaching, the author's skills in communicating important theory in an engaging language make of this essential textbook a must-have for all current and future practitioners of the field.


'It is exciting to see what David Howe has been up to! Written by a highly regarded 'thinker'
and writer within the social work field, this book is well structured and comprehensive in its coverage. Readers will get something from the book which will help not only their professional, but also their personal lives

.' - Viv Cree, The University of Edinburgh 'This is a delightful treasure of a book. It will appeal to practitioners from a wide range of helping professions because it gets to the core of what it means to be a feeling human engaged in helping relationships. It brilliantly sensitises us to the nature and function of the emotions and how emotionally attuned interventions can help service users to have better lives and similarly enriches the self-understanding of social workers, therapists, counsellors and support workers themselves. A truly loveable book.' - Harry Ferguson, University of West of England 'This book is a welcome start in exploring the significance of emotion in social work.' - Angela Shaw, Professional Social Work

About the Author

DAVID HOWE OBE is Dean of the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK. He was founding Editor of the Blackwell Science journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is author of many books, including Attachment Theory for Social Work Practice, Attachment Theory, Child Maltreatment and Family Support and Child Abuse and Neglect: Attachment, Development and Intervention.

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Publication date

25th April 2008


David Howe

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


208 pages


Social work
Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology



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