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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Work Theories in Context

Creating Frameworks for Practice

ISBN 9780230628151
Publication Date April 2005
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This innovative textbook provides a comprehensive guide to social work practice across a range of organisational contexts, presenting social work as a diverse activity that is profoundly shaped by public policies, service missions, and practice locations. The book tackles the most current and topical theories and perspectives in a clear and accessible way, using an integrated and flexible framework which links context, theory, and practice approaches. Its international breadth and supportive pedagogical features will ensure the book's value to students of social work all over the world.

KAREN HEALY is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. She has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of Social Work Practices: Contemporary Perspectives on Change,(Sage 2000), and has written extensively on social work and policy studies.

Practising Social Work: Why Context Matters
Dominant Discourses in Health and Welfare: Biomedicine, Economics, and Law
Service Discourses: 'Psy' and Sociological Ideas in Social Work
Alternative Service Discourses: Consumer Rights, and Religion and Spirituality
Theories of Professional Practice: Approaches to Knowledge Development and Use
Problem-Solving Approaches: Focusing Task-Centred Work
Three Waves of Systems Theory
The Strengths Perspective
Modern Critical Social Work: From Radical to Anti-Oppressive Practice
Postmodern Approaches to Practice
Creating Frameworks for Practice


'...[Healy] provides a very usable, easily readable guide to the application of theories to pracitce, and incorporates some thoughtful consideration of service users' rights and perspective that are very relevant to advocacy efforts.' - Margarete Parrish, The Higher Education Academy (Social Policy and Social Work)
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