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1. Social work knowledge, theory and practice; 2. Frameworks, models and practice; 3. Systems theories: ecological and crisis intervention approaches; 4. Onion-peeling theories: psychodynamic and person-centred approaches; 5. Faulty-engine theories: behavioural, cognitive behavioural and mindfulness approaches; 6. Story-telling theories: strengths-based, narrative and solution-focused approaches; 7. Mountain-moving theories: feminist, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches (with contribution by Shawana Andrews); 8. Reflective practice and theory; Concluding thoughts.

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Explores practice theories and demonstrates how these can be understood and enacted by practitioners.

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Louise Harms is Professor and Deputy Head of Social Work and Associate Dean (Equity, Diversity and Staff Development) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has taught and researched there for many years, after having worked in medical social work and the university's student and staff counselling service. Marie Connolly is Professor and Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She was formerly Chief Social Worker, a senior executive within the New Zealand government. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has a social work background in child protection.

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