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"This new edition is an excellent resource for practitioners, students and indeed managers in social work and social care who are committed to effective practice and service delivery ... Trevithick provides a comprehensive knowledge and skills framework and excellent practice examples to enable the reader to apply the knowledge to undertaking skilled and effective practice. This is a clear, readily understandable and comprehensive text which also integrates the complexity of practising social work. I highly recommend it."
Professor Joyce Lishman, recently retired as Head of School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK
"A fantastic guide to social work practice and one I would recommend for the bookshelf of any social work student. It has a user friendly style that presents issues in an accessible way."
Kate Grant, Social Work Student, University of Bristol, UK
"A brilliant MUST BUY book for all social workers. It covers an amazing range of issues which are easy to find using the index. I will use it constantly throughout my career."
Amanda Moorcroft, Social Work Practitioner, UK
Since its first publication in 2000, this best-selling text has been an invaluable resource for thousands of social workers preparing for life in practice. Written by an influential academic-practitioner, it is widely regarded as the leading book in its field.
The third edition has been thoroughly updated to include sections on theoretical, factual and practice knowledge. Key features include:
Understanding human beings
Part 2: Skills and Interventions
Communication, observation, listening and assessment skills
Providing help, direction and guidance
Empowerment, negotiation and partnership skills
Professional competence and accountability
Appendix 1: Behavioural approaches
Appendix 2: Cognitive approaches
Appendix 3: Crisis intervention
Appendix 4: Ecological approach in social work
Appendix 5: Feminist perspectives in social work
Appendix 6: Motivational interviewing
Appendix 7: Person-centred approaches
Appendix 8: Psychological approaches
Appendix 9: Radical and activist perspectives in
Appendix 10: Strengths perspective
Appendix 11: Task-centred approaches
Appendix 12: Stages of change (or cycle of change)