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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Reflective Social Work Practice

ISBN 9781137301987
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

This book provides social workers with a framework for reflecting on their day-to-day practice. Using a social worker's diary as a starting point, it provides valuable insight in to how reflection enhances skills and how factors such as values and emotions can shape social work practice.

Divya Jindal-Snape is a Professor in Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions at the University of Dundee, UK.

Jane Fenton is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Ann Hodson is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Richard Ingram is a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, UK.

Regan Shaw is a Lecturer in Community Learning and Development at the University of Dundee, UK.

1. Introduction The Social Work Context
2. Dynamics of Critical Reflection and Reflexivity
3. Communications Skills for Building and Sustaining Relationships
4. Undertaking Life Changing Assessments
5. Critically Informed Interventions
6. Making Significant Risk Decisions
7. Meetings
8. Records and Report Writing
9. Effective Supervision Reflection, Support and Direction
10. From a Reflective Social Work Practitioner to a Reflective Social Work Organisation.


This highly recommended text brings critical reflection to life through the use of case studies, diary entries and activities which prompt readers to reflect on their own emerging professional practice.' – Barbara Bassot, Senior Lecturer in Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
'This book takes the concepts and skills of critical reflection and reflexivity into real world practice situations by showing how the reflective process may be used in assessment, intervention, defensible decision making, report writing and meetings. An invaluable resource.' – Erna O'Connor, Assistant Professor and Fieldwork Coordination, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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