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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!

Introducing Social Work

Introducing Social Work

Author: Jonathan Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/2020

This practical guide will help students navigate through all core areas of their course by providing them with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social work. Written by subject experts, including best-selling Transforming Social Work Practice authors, this essential guide will introduce you to key theory and approaches, helping you to develop and build the skills and knowledge that you will need for practice.

Introducing Social Work

Introducing Social Work

Author: Jonathan Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2020

This practical guide will help students navigate through all core areas of their course by providing them with a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social work. Written by subject experts, including best-selling Transforming Social Work Practice authors, this essential guide will introduce you to key theory and approaches, helping you to develop and build the skills and knowledge that you will need for practice.

Social Policy for Effective Practice A Strengths Approach

Social Policy for Effective Practice A Strengths Approach

Author: Rosemary Kennedy Chapin, Melinda Kay Lewis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2020

The fifth edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice offers a rich variety of resources and knowledge foundations to help social work students understand and contend with the continually evolving social policy landscape that surrounds them. The authors have continued their traditional values-based approach and kept the focus on clients' strengths to help students position themselves for effective engagement on new fronts where policy threats and outcomes affect clients' lives in myriad ways. The new edition comprehensively covers the process of defining need, analyzing social policy, and developing policy, and each chapter builds on the practical knowledge and skills forged from previous ones. New to this edition: Thorough examination of new policies, including challenges to the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, immigration, women's rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, as well as situations involving substance use, mental health, and economic inequality. Expanded coverage of shifting demographics, including population diversity and aging. Increased connections drawn between historical, present, and potential future policy contexts Updated exercises, exhibits, and social media links in-text and an entire suite of web-based tools found through www.routledgesw.com, including complementary reading suggestions and teaching tips, a full library of lecture slides and exam questions, and EPAS guidelines. For use as a resource in foundations generalist social policy courses, either at the baccalaureate or master's level, the new edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice will challenge students to find areas of policy practice that spark their passion and prepare them to think about and use policy practice as a tool that can lead to the changes they care about.

Social Policy for Effective Practice A Strengths Approach

Social Policy for Effective Practice A Strengths Approach

Author: Rosemary Kennedy Chapin, Melinda Kay Lewis Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2020

The fifth edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice offers a rich variety of resources and knowledge foundations to help social work students understand and contend with the continually evolving social policy landscape that surrounds them. The authors have continued their traditional values-based approach and kept the focus on clients' strengths to help students position themselves for effective engagement on new fronts where policy threats and outcomes affect clients' lives in myriad ways. The new edition comprehensively covers the process of defining need, analyzing social policy, and developing policy, and each chapter builds on the practical knowledge and skills forged from previous ones. New to this edition: Thorough examination of new policies, including challenges to the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, immigration, women's rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, as well as situations involving substance use, mental health, and economic inequality. Expanded coverage of shifting demographics, including population diversity and aging. Increased connections drawn between historical, present, and potential future policy contexts Updated exercises, exhibits, and social media links in-text and an entire suite of web-based tools found through www.routledgesw.com, including complementary reading suggestions and teaching tips, a full library of lecture slides and exam questions, and EPAS guidelines. For use as a resource in foundations generalist social policy courses, either at the baccalaureate or master's level, the new edition of Social Policy for Effective Practice will challenge students to find areas of policy practice that spark their passion and prepare them to think about and use policy practice as a tool that can lead to the changes they care about.

Rethinking Your Teenager Shifting from Control and Conflict to Structure and Nurture to Raise Accountable Young Adults

Rethinking Your Teenager Shifting from Control and Conflict to Structure and Nurture to Raise Accountable Young Adults

The teenage years. . . parents fear this stage, dreading it even while watching their adorable toddlers explore the world. When it arrives, they try to control their teenager, in turn causing their teenager to push back more intensely. It's a natural instinct on both sides: teenagers are changing in every way while trying to assert their independence, and parents are faced with the challenge of coming up with rules, expectations, and standards for behavior without a genuine understanding of what is happening. But the result of this pattern is a parent-child relationship defined by conflict and reactivity-a breeding ground for stress, anger, and anxiety, all of which reinforcing those same cultural stereotypes and worst fears. But it doesn't have to be this way. In this book, family therapist Darby Fox challenges parents to redefine the goals of adolescence by reorienting their focus from what they want their child to be to on who they want their child to be. Darby not only equips parents with the insight to understand the changes taking place in their child's brain and body and support their adolescent's bid for independence, but also offers an approach that allows parents to engage their adolescent in a relationship instead of struggling in an endless battle for control. The book is organized around a series of persistent myths about adolescence, each of which the author tears down with a combination of cutting edge neuroscience research, developmental psychology, and her own mix of clinical observations and experience raising four children. Darby offers a new model for the parent-child relationship, encouraging parents to let go of the attempt to control their teenager and focus instead on creating mutual respect, providing structure and nurture, and encouraging independence in their developing teenager. She walks through the keys to combining structure and nurture and teaches parents how to connect with their teen while holding them accountable for their behavior. If parents approach teen years with the same thoughtful preparation, sense of awe and wonder, and responsibility that they do the early childhood years, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding developmental stage that deepens, rather than damages, parent-child relationships.

Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection International Discourses, Approaches and Strategies

Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection International Discourses, Approaches and Strategies

Author: Kay Biesel Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/03/2020

This cross-national study provides a comparative analysis of different understandings of errors and mistakes and approaches to dealing with them in child protection practice, using research and knowledge from eleven countries in Europe and North America. Divided into country-specific chapters, each examines the pathways that lead to mistakes happening, the scale of their impact, how responsibilities and responses are decided, how practice and policy subsequently change and the lessons that we can learn.

Strategic Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations Theory and Practice

Strategic Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations Theory and Practice

Author: Martha Golensky, Mark Hager Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2020

Nonprofit organizations need smart, informed managers. This comprehensive introductory textbook aims to expose students to the range of responsibilities expected from modern nonprofit organizations and their boards, executive management, frontline staff, and community volunteers. Section 1 focuses on the characteristics of a nonprofit organization, with an explanation of the specific attributes of both charitable and member-serving nonprofits. It considers the historical development of the nonprofit sector as a whole and of the human services subsector in particular, culminating with a review of the political and economic climate in which nonprofits operate. Section 2 considers theories of leadership. The multiple roles of the nonprofit professional leader are delineated, to recognize that the same person may serve as manager and administrator, motivated by different priorities when functioning in each capacity. Ethical issues are also considered, along with the theoretical and practical aspects of decision-making, and the relationship between organizational culture and organizational change. Sections 3 and 4 address the specific skills of the nonprofit leader involved in securing material resources and managing human resources, respectively. The book concludes with a focus on the role of volunteers and the need for organizations to provide them good experiences if they want volunteers to keep coming back. Featuring an extended case study, this book is a useful guide for students and professionals new to the workplace on topics such as successfully managing change, strengthening programs, nurturing a dynamic board of directors, diversifying revenues, and building a strong, committed staff and volunteer corps.

Building Better Social Programs How Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy

Building Better Social Programs How Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy

Author: David Stoesz Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Evidence-based policymaking has, in recent decades, become a focus of program innovation in social care that engages foundations, universities, and state and federal governments. Rigorous research, epitomized by Randomized Controlled Trials, has become the benchmark for demonstrating efficacy and efficiency in social programming. Building Better Social Programs situates evidence-based policymaking with respect to the welfare state, describes key organizations driving the evidence-based movement, and proposes innovations designed to extend benefits to the working class. In addition to providing case studies of cost-effective programs delivering positive outcomes, this volume will include interviews with luminaries who have propelled the evidence-based policy movement. It serves as essential reading for faculty, graduate students, program managers, and foundation program officers.

Implementation Science 3.0

Implementation Science 3.0

Author: Bianca Albers Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2020

This implementation science textbook presents a much-needed overview of the recent developments in a discipline that is young, has gained increasing attention in recent years, and has experienced substantial and rapid growth in knowledge production and debate. It captures the latest developments in implementation research and details the next phase for implementation science. Drawing from multidisciplinary, international research by top scholars in the field, the book describes evidence for and measurement of various implementation frameworks and strategies. Topics include: Factors associated with effective implementation Organizational readiness for change Implementation theories, models, and frameworks Case studies in linked multilevel interventions Closing the emerging science-practice gap in implementation Implementation Science 3.0 is a timely, important resource for researchers and students across the fields of social welfare, public health, education, and psychology. The chapter Making sense of implementation theories, models and frameworks , in which some modifications to the text were made, is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License in Nilsen, P. (2015). Implementation Science, 10(53), via link.springer.com.

Theories for decolonial social work practice in South Africa

Theories for decolonial social work practice in South Africa

Author: Shernaaz Carelse, Glynnis Dykes, Antoinette Lombard, Paul (Rembuluwani) Mbedzi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2020

Theories for decolonial social work practice in South Africa is a local book critically presenting social work theories that are suitable for decolonial and developmental generalist practice in the Global South. The choice of theories included in this book is informed by the lived experiences of South Africans in a multicultural, post-colonial, post-apartheid society. The book sees the goal of social work as effecting transformation and liberation, through the implementation of the developmental approach, and by drawing on decolonial and African concepts. It supports social workers in working toward this goal by stimulating critical reflection and disrupting taken-for-granted beliefs and practices. It guides readers to work with client groups across the micro-mezzo-macro continuum in such a way that they are empowered to develop agency, thereby affirming the basic values of social justice and human dignity.

Hidden Social Work Exploring Children's Social Work

Hidden Social Work Exploring Children's Social Work

Author: Darren Hill, Nick Frost Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2020

Highlights best practice beyond the traditional models and methods of assessment and care planning. Through original research it discovers hidden practice -the social techniques that social workers deploy in the field that make child and family assessments work.

Social Media and Social Work Implications and Opportunities for Practice

Social Media and Social Work Implications and Opportunities for Practice

Author: Claudia Megele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2020

Using real-life examples, this book enables practitioners and students to consider the ethics and assess the impact of social media on their professional conduct, and their ability to maintain public confidence.