Professional Identity and Social Work


Author: Stephen A. Webb
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 131530693X
Category: Social Science
Page: 262
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How are identities formed among social workers, many of whom perform complex, challenging and ambiguous public sector functions on a regular basis? Why does identity come to matter for professional social work? This book, the first of its kind in the field, examines professional identity in relation to social work by asking how practitioners think of themselves as a "social worker", a professional self-concept often entangled in a range of relations, beliefs, values and experiences. Bringing together the perspectives of an internationally renowned group of specialists, the collection addresses a range of issues associated with professional identity construction and "being professional" in the context of a rapidly changing inter-professional environment. It introduces new concepts to social work, including materiality, enactment, performance, affect, entanglement, capital and worth, to consider the vexed issues surrounding matters of professional identity in social work. This will be an essential guide to all those keen to debate the challenges and possibilities confronting contemporary social work through the lens of professional identity, whether they are students, educators, practitioners, researchers, managers, policy-makers or associated professionals. It will also appeal to those interested in social theory, organisational sociology and leadership as well as anyone working in related fields of health and education.

Understanding Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care

Theory and Practice
Author: Katherine Pollard,Judith Thomas,Margaret Miers
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137014148
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 224
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Using real-life interview extracts, this insightful book presents a contemporary picture of interprofessional collaborative practice in a wide range of settings. Encouraging readers to think critically about their own practice and learning, itdemonstrates how important effective teamwork is in modern the health and social care context.

The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism


Author: Mike Dent,Ivy Lynn Bourgeault,Jean-Louis Denis,Ellen Kuhlmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317699491
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 390
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The Routledge Companion to the Professions and Professionalism is a state-of-the-art reference work which maps out the current developments and debates around the sociology of the professions, and how they relate to management and organizations. Supported by an international contributor team specializing in the disciplines of organizational studies and sociology, the collection provides extensive coverage of this field of research. It brings together the core concepts and issues, and has chapters on all the key aspects of professions in both the public and private sectors, including issues of governance and regulation. The volume closes with a set of international case studies which provide valuable practical insights into the subject. This Companion will be an indispensable reference source for students, scholars and educators within the social sciences, especially within management, organizational studies and sociology. It will also be highly relevant for those working and studying in the area of professional education.

Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care


Author: Adam Barnard
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317615441
Category: Social Science
Page: 284
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Addressing the changing world of professionalism, this text combines theory, research and practice, using real case studies, to investigate the process of becoming professional. Mapping the journey from allied or associate practitioner positions through qualifying and into advanced practitioner status, it is a valuable companion for health and social care, social work and allied health students from the beginning of their studies. Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care is an accessible text, including case studies, reflective exercises and activities, chapter aims and summaries and further reading boxes throughout. It covers: the context for professional practice, including historical perspectives, policy and discussion of relevant competencies and frameworks the concept of professionalism, exploring what it means to be a professional values and ethics underpinning professional practice professional identity development, including formation and changes in identity professional practice in complex environments, paying particular attention to working in organisations becoming a critical and globally aware practitioner the role of evidence and knowledge in professional practice working with supervision. Maintaining a strong focus on the ethical dimensions of professional practice, this text emphasises how health and social care practitioners can contribute to social justice and challenge social exclusion.

Shaping a Science of Social Work

Professional Knowledge and Identity
Author: John S. Brekke,Jeane W. Anastas
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019088066X
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
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Shaping a Science of Social Work provides a basic framework for a social work science within the context of academic disciplinarity and professional identity. Drawn from discussions at the annual IslandWood retreats for social work scholars, this book centers on a realist/critical-realist perspective by outlining the basic constructs, domains, and characteristics of a science that will inform the way social work is studied and practiced for years to come. Chapters written by leaders of the field offer detailed and rigorous analyses of essential issues such as values and value-based assumptions, philosophy of mind, importance of theory, challenges of rigor and relevance in social work science, and implications for the future of the profession. The book serves as an invaluable resource for academics and organizational leaders in social work practice and education.

The Future of Identity in the Information Society

Proceedings of the Third IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.6, 11.7/FIDIS International Summer School on the Future of Identity in the Information Society, Karlstad University, Sweden, August 4-10, 2007
Author: Simone Fischer-Hübner,Penny Duquenoy,Albin Zuccato,Leonardo Martucci
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 038779025X
Category: Computers
Page: 461
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The increasing diversity of Infonnation Communication Technologies and their equally diverse range of uses in personal, professional and official capacities raise challenging questions of identity in a variety of contexts. Each communication exchange contains an identifier which may, or may not, be intended by the parties involved. What constitutes an identity, how do new technologies affect identity, how do we manage identities in a globally networked infonnation society? th th From the 6 to the 10 August 2007, IFIP (International Federation for Infonnation Processing) working groups 9. 2 (Social Accountability), 9. 6/11. 7 (IT rd Misuse and the Law) and 11. 6 (Identity Management) hold their 3 Intemational Summer School on "The Future of Identity in the Infonnation Society" in cooperation with the EU Network of Excellence FIDIS at Karlstad University. The Summer School addressed the theme of Identity Management in relation to current and future technologies in a variety of contexts. The aim of the IFIP summer schools has been to introduce participants to the social implications of Infonnation Technology through the process of infonned discussion. Following the holistic approach advocated by the involved IFIP working groups, a diverse group of participants ranging from young doctoral students to leading researchers in the field were encouraged to engage in discussion, dialogue and debate in an infonnal and supportive setting. The interdisciplinary, and intemational, emphasis of the Summer School allowed for a broader understanding of the issues in the technical and social spheres.

What is Professional Social Work?


Author: Payne, Malcolm
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1861347057
Category: Political Science
Page: 219
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What is Professional Social Work? is a now classic analysis of social work as a discourse between three aspects of practice: social order, therapeutic and transformational perspectives. It enables social workers to analyse and value the role of social work in present-day multiprofessional social care. This completely re-written second edition explores social work's struggle to meet its claim to achieve social progress through interpersonal practice. Important features of this new edition include: § practical ways of analysing personal professional identity § understanding how social workers embody their profession in their practice with other professionals § detailed analysis of current and historical documents defining social work and social care analysis of values, agencies and global social work. This new edition will stimulate social workers, students and policy-makers in social care to think again about the valuable role social work plays in society.

The Survival Guide for Newly Qualified Social Workers in Adult and Mental Health Services

Hitting the Ground Running
Author: Diane Galpin,Jenny Bigmore,Jo Parker
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849051585
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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The complete guide to making the transition from student to newly qualified adult or mental health social worker (NQSW). It covers everything you need to know to meet the requirements of NQSW status, and guides you through the challenges and hurdles. Strategies on staying motivated, managing stress and developing support networks are included.

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice


Author: Roberta Rubin Greene
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 0202361209
Category: Social Science
Page: 436
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This new edition of Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice provides a broadly synthetic approach to selecting theoretical concepts crucial to one's activities in casework. Centered on the notion of the client as an individual, Roberta Greene and the contributing authors examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development, and evaluate their utility for social work practice. Social work is characterized by a dynamic helping process and a diversity of roles, and functions. The aims of social work--to improve societal conditions for individuals, families, and groups--are put into action across all fields of practice and realized through a variety of methods in a range of settings. To work in the field, it is important to acquire conceptual frameworks that help one understand the complexities of contemporary practice. This volume is concerned with the application of knowledge about behavior in the social environment that serves as the theoretical underpinning for direct practice in social work. The chapters explore the ways in which specific theories have contributed to understanding the person in the environment construct and examine the idea that all clinical social work intervention is anchored in reshaping the context of the person in the environment configuration. The book explores the challenges and limitations of the various theories in use and addresses many relevant questions: What does the theory offer for understanding development across the lifecycle? What does each theory suggest about the interaction among biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors of human development and functioning? What does the theory suggest about healthy/functional and unhealthy/dysfunctional behaviors or wellness? Is theory universal in its application, and may it lend itself to cross-cultural social work practice? What role does theory propose for the social worker as an agent of change? Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice is an original contribution to social work theory, and will be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a career in the field. Roberta R. Greene is professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework and Social Work with the Aged and Their Families.

Human Behavior theory and Social Work Practice, Second Edition


Author: Roberta Rubin Greene
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202366524
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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This new edition of Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice provides a broadly synthetic approach to selecting theoretical concepts crucial to one's activities in casework. Centered on the notion of the client as an individual, Roberta Greene and the contributing authors examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development, and evaluate their utility for social work practice. Social work is characterized by a dynamic helping process and a diversity of roles, and functions. The aims of social work--to improve societal conditions for individuals, families, and groups--are put into action across all fields of practice and realized through a variety of methods in a range of settings. To work in the field, it is important to acquire conceptual frameworks that help one understand the complexities of contemporary practice. This volume is concerned with the application of knowledge about behavior in the social environment that serves as the theoretical underpinning for direct practice in social work. The chapters explore the ways in which specific theories have contributed to understanding the person in the environment construct and examine the idea that all clinical social work intervention is anchored in reshaping the context of the person in the environment configuration. The book explores the challenges and limitations of the various theories in use and addresses many relevant questions: What does the theory offer for understanding development across the lifecycle? What does each theory suggest about the interaction among biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors of human development and functioning? What does the theory suggest about healthy/functional and unhealthy/dysfunctional behaviors or wellness? Is theory universal in its application, and may it lend itself to cross-cultural social work practice? What role does theory propose for the social worker as an agent of change? Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice is an original contribution to social work theory, and will be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a career in the field. Roberta R. Greene is professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework and Social Work with the Aged and Their Families.

International Handbook on Social Work Theory and Practice


Author: Nazneen Sada Mayadas,Thomas D. Watts,Doreen Elliott
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313279140
Category: Social Science
Page: 467
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An overview of social work and the theories and values which support it in particular areas and countries around the world.

How to be a Social Worker

A Critical Guide for Students
Author: Priscilla Dunk-West
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230370179
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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Through the course of studying social work and beyond it can be difficult to take a step back and reflect upon what it is to be a social worker, such are the demands of the process of qualification and the role itself. Using this as a starting point, How to be a Social Worker critically examines the knowledge base of social work – from human growth and development to social work research – and explores how your own values, principles and experience combine to shape your social work identity and practice alongside this. Stimulating your thinking in new ways, both about yourself and your life as a social worker, this book: • Uses a number of innovative exercises and case studies to help you to actively apply theory to practice. • Encourages reflexive thinking to support you in developing your own social work identity. • Considers the ways in which your social work identity can be maintained when working alongside other professional groups. Linked to a range of core modules on pre-qualifying social work programmes but written also for those practitioners committed to nurturing their own social work identities, How to be a Social Worker is a must have text from one of social work's most up-and-coming authors. Priscilla Dunk-West is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of South Australia, Australia. A sociologist and social worker, Priscilla has held university appointments in both Australia and England, teaching across a wide range of modules on the Social Work curriculum.

Social Work Practices

Contemporary Perspectives on Change
Author: Karen Healy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761962724
Category: Social Science
Page: 165
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Karen Healy profoundly challenges, in the context of the postmodernity of late capitalism, many of the assumptions upon which the critical tradition in social work has been founded. This is a book which interrogates not only the emancipatory metanarratives of left perspectives from her position within the left, but also questions many of the received ideas about her professional power and identity, and about the kinds of social work practices necessary in order to continue to pursue welfare as an emancipatory project under transformed ideological and material circumstances. This is a most significant contribution to the debates which confront social work, worldwide, at the present time.' - Peter Leonard, McGill University, Canada

Working with Class

Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity
Author: Daniel J. Walkowitz
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807861200
Category: Social Science
Page: 440
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Polls tell us that most Americans--whether they earn $20,000 or $200,000 a year--think of themselves as middle class. As this phenomenon suggests, "middle class" is a category whose definition is not necessarily self-evident. In this book, historian Daniel Walkowitz approaches the question of what it means to be middle class from an innovative angle. Focusing on the history of social workers--who daily patrol the boundaries of class--he examines the changed and contested meaning of the term over the last one hundred years. Walkowitz uses the study of social workers to explore the interplay of race, ethnicity, and gender with class. He examines the trade union movement within the mostly female field of social work and looks at how a paradigmatic conflict between blacks and Jews in New York City during the 1960s shaped late-twentieth-century social policy concerning work, opportunity, and entitlements. In all, this is a story about the ways race and gender divisions in American society have underlain the confusion about the identity and role of the middle class.

Men and Social Work

Theories and Practices
Author: Alastair Christie
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1403934274
Category:
Page: 208
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The relationships between men and social work are contentious because men are under represented as social workers and over represented in social work management. Also, most social work service users are women and children, and social workers often deal with the direct and indirect consequences of men's violence. The question of men and the social work profession emerged in the literature in the mid-1980s but nowhere has the broad spectrum of critical issues been addressed in an integrated way. This book provides the first overview of the theoretical and practice issues raised when we put 'men' and 'social work' together. It introduces the key contributors to the debate so far and others who are entering the debate from their particular area of practice or academic interest. Theories of identity and gender are brought to bear on the development of the social work profession in Britain. Chapters include analyses of men's positions within the specific practice areas of child care, community care, mental health services, probation and social work education. Men and Social Work is written for social work students, workers and academics. The book raises questions about the professional and gender identities of men social workers and offers some recommendations for practice. A new agenda for debate within the profession and the academy emerges from the critical discussions that take place in this book.

Human Services Management

Organizational Leadership in Social Work Practice
Author: David Austin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231528426
Category: Social Science
Page: 468
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Human services management occurs in nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit sectors and involves a wide variety of organizational structures. These diverse conditions shape the effort to produce and project services that directly affect the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities through social welfare, health and mental health, criminal justice, and educational services. David Austin begins with an examination of the historical development and distinctive characteristics of human service organizations, the variety of organizational and program structures at play, and the connection of individual service organizations with service delivery networks. He then examines of the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholder constituencies, including service users, service personnel (especially service professionals), funders, executives, and policy boards. The final two chapters discuss two organizational processes: accountability for effectiveness and dealing with organizational changes.

Professional Writing Skills for Social Workers


Author: Louise Frith,Ruben Martin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780335263929
Category:
Page: 176
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Communicating in writing is a highly valued skill which is central to the fabric of social work practice. Good writing is critical in informing sound decisions in the interests of service users, yet it is a skill that can often be neglected in the face of demanding social work roles. This book aims to help social workers to write clearly, accurately and objectively in all contexts, so that they can communicate effectively with multiple audiences. It gives social workers practical guidance and advice on how to write unambiguously, efficiently and analytically, demonstrating how important writing skills are to the professional identity of social workers. Topics covered include: * Advice on all communication types including emails, letters, case notes, reports, funding applications and text messages * Techniques for planning and organising your writing * Using professional language and vocabulary appropriate to your audiences * A refresher on common grammar mistakes that can detract from your message * Information on the legal frameworks you should be aware of when recording events, conversations, and recommendations * Meeting the requirements of reports where space to express yourself may be at a premium Each chapter contains numerous exercises, with examples of good analytical writing included to help writers to develop their own competence. Case studies drawn from real scenarios relate the skills being discussed directly to practice. This book is an indispensable manual for all social work students, newly qualified social workers and experienced professionals who want a practical guide to improving their writing. "I am pleased to endorse this very important book for aspiring social workers and qualified social workers. In my view this book will assist to improve competency in a range of effective written communications and develop personal confidence in the writing skills of social workers and other social care staff. A significant part of the role of social care staff is to be able to present a variety of information clearly in written form, conveying perspectives, knowledge and facts effectively in a variety of ways and to different audiences. In my work I have found that some of the areas where social workers need most improvement are punctuation, followed by grammar and clarity within their writing. Many also need to work on tenses, sentence structure and spelling. Those who read and use this book effectively will benefit greatly in improving their professional standards. For some of those, English may not be their first language. This book will give them the opportunity to gain confidence in writing skills, to improve their report writing skills, to avoid ambiguities and misunderstanding in relation to their work helping them to improve their ability to write for an agreed audience which captivates and retains the attention of the reader. This new confidence in their writing capability should have a knock-on effect to assist how they present cases and communicate with various people." Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, Chief Executive & Managing Partner, Bokell Associates Ltd, Magistrate, and recognized leader in the field of workforce development "Writing well matters! Writing is a necessary social work skill to ensure positive outcomes for service users and carers and to promote the profession of social work. This text is a critical resource for social work students and social workers to review and enhance their professional writing. Frith and Martin provide a solid rationale for professional writing and take the reader from technical aspects of writing to specific types of professional writing. The use of examples and exercises throughout enables readers to reflect on their strengths and areas for further development in technical and professional aspects of writing. The text will no doubt make social workers think twice before they write. This book is not a "once read" text for students or social workers, but rather a resource to keep within one's reach!" Barbra Teater, Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, America "Professional writing is an essential part of a social worker's repertoire. Poor professional writing is frequently criticised, in particular in the courts, making this volume an essential tool for social workers and students. It is accessible and clearly written. I highly recommend it." Joyce Lishman, Emeritus Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK "In Professional Writing Skills for Social Workers, Frith and Martin have developed an easy-to-read guide for newly qualified (and long qualified) social workers to use in a very practical way. The book covers all areas of writing in a professional context from the correct use of grammar, punctuation and expected salutations to more specific style guides which cover reports, assessments and case records as well as writing in a broader sense which includes SMS, social media and emails. This book provides a useful guide to those who are moving from academic writing to professional writing but it is also a valuable and accessible reminder for all who need to write in a professional manner, however long they have been doing so. This book is a valuable addition to the shelf of anyone working in the health and social care sectors." Victoria Hart, Mental Health Social Worker, UK