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Modern Social Work Theory


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PART 1: Thinking about social work theory 1 The social construction of social work theory 2 Evaluating social work theory 3 Connecting theory and practice PART 2: Reviewing social cohesion theories 4 Psychodynamic relational practice 5 Psychodynamic attachment practice 6 Crisis and task-centred practice 7 Cognitive-behavioural practice 8 Motivational interviewing 9 Systems, complexity and chaos PART 3: Reviewing empowerment theories 10 Macro practice, social development and social pedagogy 11 Social construction practice: strengths and solutions 12 Social construction practice: narrative practice 13 Humanistic practice, existentialism and spirituality 14 Social justice, advocacy and empowerment PART 4: Reviewing social change theories 15 Critical practice 16 Eco practice 17 Feminist practice 18 Anti-oppressive, Indigenous and multicultural sensitivity practice.

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Written by one of the leading names in social work, this best-selling textbook provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the main social work theories.

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Malcolm Payne is a writer, academic and consultant on social work, social care management and multiprofessional teamwork. Currently Policy and Development Adviser at St Christopher's Hospice, London, he was previously Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the Hospice. He has held academic posts at the University of Bristol, UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Opole University, Poland. He has honorary appointments at the Department of Social Policy, Helsinki University, Finland and the School of Social Care Sciences, Kingston University, UK.

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