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See below for a selection of the latest books from Social work category. Presented with a red border are the Social work books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Social work books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Youth and Their Families A Guide to Treating Adolescent Substance Use Through Family Systems Therapy

Youth and Their Families A Guide to Treating Adolescent Substance Use Through Family Systems Therapy

Though a number of books covering adolescent substance abuse are available, there are very few resources that explore the topic in the context of Family Systems Therapy (FST). Youth and Their Families offers an expanded view of the therapeutic process with a specific focus on the relationship between therapists, adolescents, families, communities, and substance use. By applying an FST lens, the clinician learns to view their client as an entire family system being affected by adolescent substance abuse. Furthermore, FST can be used at every stage of the substance abuse intervention continuum (from prevention to intervention) to provide increased functioning and strength in the family system. This book incorporates easily applicable clinical skill acquisition with the use of lively cases to give the reader requisite skills to be an effective family systems therapist.

Social Work and Mental Health Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

Social Work and Mental Health Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

Author: Sylvia Mignon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Clear, comprehensive, and accessible, this textbook presents an overview of the contemporary American mental health system and its impact on clients and social workers. The failure of the system to provide quality care for the mentally ill is explored, including issues and policies that social workers face in accessing mental health care for their clients, while also discussing the ways in which social workers can improve the overall functioning of the system and promote the development and expansion of policy and practice innovations. This is the first textbook to examine the lack of understanding of the roots of mental illness, the challenges in classification of mental disorders for social workers, and difficult behavioral manifestations of mental illness. By looking at the flaws and disparities in the provision of mental health services, especially in relation to the criminal justice system and homelessness and mental illness, social work students will be able to apply policy and practice to improve mental health care in their everyday work. A focus on the lived experiences of the mentally ill and their families, along with the experiences of social workers, adds a unique, real-world perspective. Key Features: Delivers a clear and accessible overview and critique of social work in the broader context of mental health care in the US Reviews historical and current mental health policies, laws, and treatments, and assesses their impact on social services for the mentally ill Investigates racial and ethnic disparities in mental health provision Incorporates the experiences of people with mental illness as well as those of social workers Offers recommendations for future social work development of mental health policies and services Includes Instructors Manual with PowerPoint slides, chapter summaries and objectives, and discussion questions Addresses CSWE core competency requirements

Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

Making the Most of Your Social Work Placement

Author: Paula Beesley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

This practical guide takes students step by step through what they're expected to do while on placement with lots of hands-on advice and learning features. It helps students apply the theory and skills they've learnt to practice, to their observations as well as in the placement portfolio. It shows how a relationship with service users can be cultivated and how to gain the feedback they need. Features include: Practice Educator's expectations Student's experience/voices Case study of contrasting students journey through placement Reflective tasks Potential placement/portfolio pitfalls Assessment Activity Diagrams/figures Chapter checklist Key terms/glossary Further reading

Strategic Leadership in Social Work Education

Strategic Leadership in Social Work Education

Author: Annamaria Campanini Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2019

Social work leaders constantly strive to incorporate cutting-edge research and promote international collaboration in a dynamic contemporary environment. To address these ongoing concerns, this unique book focuses specifically on strategic leadership, asking critical questions about change-making, political strategy, and the opportunities that present themselves to lead new directions in social work education. Among the topics covered: Disruptive agendas and research dialogues in social work education Diversity leadership and perspectives beyond the mainstream The role of international bodies in advancing social work education Intellectual leadership and anticipating future advances in teaching strategies Democratising social work education Collaborative leadership models Strategic Leadership in Social Work Education examines the ability of social work to shape futures through education, training, and effective leadership, and suggests strategies for advancing responsible social work education in order to best meet tomorrow's needs and aspirations.

Building Strong Communities Guidelines on empowering the grass roots

Building Strong Communities Guidelines on empowering the grass roots

Author: Steve Skinner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2019

Developing Stronger Communities is an introductory textbook that provides guidelines, frameworks and a range of approaches to help plan and implement effective community engagement and build community strengths. In particular, it presents a model of capacity building that can inform both practice and policy, with material on how public services can build their own capacity to engage with and support communities more effectively. This is key reading for any one taking a Community Studies, Youth and Community, or Social Work programme, or anyone working to build and develop stronger communities.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Intercultural Perspectives

Mental Health and Wellbeing Intercultural Perspectives

Author: Charles Watters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Mental Health and Wellbeing is a timely new book that explores these increasingly important subjects from an intercultural perspective. This is essential reading for anyone studying or working in mental health at this time of unprecedented levels of human migration and when mutual understanding of diverse cultural perspectives is of vital importance.

Introduction to Social Work A Case-Based Approach

Introduction to Social Work A Case-Based Approach

Author: Brian Anderson, Halaevalu, Ph.D. (Morgan State University, USA) Vakalahi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2019

This Introduction to Social Work textbook presents a rapid, innovatively-formatted introduction of the foundations of social work. This condensed book teaches students the problem-solving process of social work to generate effective solutions. Each chapter covers brief, succinct real cases and includes suggestions for other movies or other media clips to provide real life examples of issues social workers encounter on a daily basis. This text will provide instructors with a novel way to introduce students to the purpose of social work, social work practice, and the helping profession.

Introduction to Social Work A Case-Based Approach

Introduction to Social Work A Case-Based Approach

Author: Brian Anderson, Halaevalu, Ph.D. (Morgan State University, USA) Vakalahi Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2019

This Introduction to Social Work textbook presents a rapid, innovatively-formatted introduction of the foundations of social work. This condensed book teaches students the problem-solving process of social work to generate effective solutions. Each chapter covers brief, succinct real cases and includes suggestions for other movies or other media clips to provide real life examples of issues social workers encounter on a daily basis. This text will provide instructors with a novel way to introduce students to the purpose of social work, social work practice, and the helping profession.

Safeguarding Adults Together under the Care Act 2014 A multi-agency practice guide

Safeguarding Adults Together under the Care Act 2014 A multi-agency practice guide

Author: Barbara Starns Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2019

The Care Act 2014 has been criticised for the lack of a clear process for professionals to follow. With its emphasis on the personal individual approach to safeguarding, professionals have sometimes felt unclear as to how they should deliver safeguarding support. Written by a practitioner, with an academic background, Safeguarding Adults Together seeks to provide that vital guidance. Whilst there is an absence of process in the Act, there is still a clear set of safeguarding elements which when put together provide a framework of operation for professionals to become more effective in their safeguarding practice. Professionals tend each to look at a particular aspect of safeguarding, but it is only when the whole framework is demonstrated can practitioners understand how they can best provide good safeguarding support to adults who need their help. This book provides the reader with that knowledge and understanding about how adult safeguarding works by translating the Care Act into practice. This is a follow book to the successful The Social Worker's Guide to the Care Act 2014 by Pete Feldon ISBN 9781911106685. Safeguarding Adults: provides a unique safeguarding framework approach that explains what adult safeguarding is and how it works. includes memorable illustrations that explain difficult complex elements of safeguarding is packed with practice case studies and examples to support understanding of safeguarding and application of knowledge and skill.

Rethinking Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

Rethinking Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

Author: Yolanda C. Padilla Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2019

With research showing that social work clients from diverse racial and ethnic groups are generally dissatisfied with the way they are treated, and that providers often do not feel fully prepared to work with these groups, this book invites us to rethink current approaches to social work practice with diverse racial and ethnic communities. A parallel systematic review of the literature on provider and client experiences in the opening chapter outlines the state of the art in the provision of care to multicultural communities. The following chapters offer tangible, research-based approaches to engaging with multicultural clients and present a critical assessment of the barriers and challenges posed by current models of social work practice. Rigorous qualitative, intervention, and community-based studies demonstrate the effectiveness of culturally-grounded methods. As the pieces in this book show, the stories of multicultural communities are narratives of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. Yet, social work underutilizes rich family and community cultural resources. By not facilitating their involvement, social service systems in effect create the conditions for the loss of these vital resources which social services cannot replace. In arguing that we need to expand professional boundaries to encompass indigenous practices, family and extended kin, and therapeutic relationships that make sense to different cultural groups, this book will be of interest to those studying the ways in which social work practice can be improved to better suit the needs of a racially and ethnically diverse population. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

What Is the Future of Social Work? A Handbook for Positive Action

What Is the Future of Social Work? A Handbook for Positive Action

Author: Michael Lavalette Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2019

This book gives a unique analysis of the challenges facing contemporary social work that considers both the existential and ideological threats to the profession. Providing a wide range of in-depth reflections on the future of social care practice in the UK, it offers concrete policy proposals for the future of the profession alongside solutions which students and practitioners can action on the ground.

Urban Youth Trauma Using Community Intervention to Overcome Gun Violence

Urban Youth Trauma Using Community Intervention to Overcome Gun Violence

Author: Melvin Delgado Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Trauma has unfortunately become an all-too familiar occurrence in the lives of children, with a majority of youth experiencing a traumatic event before the age of 18. With the rise of school shootings and recent March for Our Lives, this timely book will address intervention strategies for social workers and counselors to combat this negative phenomenon. Urban Youth Trauma focuses on urban violence and guns, while due attention is also paid to other forms of trauma in order to ground violence-related trauma within the constellation of multiple forms of trauma. Violence, and more specifically that related to guns, is very much associated with urban centers and youth of color. Divided into three parts, this volume traces the roots of urban youth trauma. Parts I and II provide context and foundation for the problem and intervention strategies. Part III takes the reader through a variety of intervention strategies directly related to the community's assets. The strength of Urban Youth Trauma's lies in its focus on the community itself as the key to survival, resilience, and change.