Understanding Social Work
Preparing for Practice

By Neil Thompson
March 2000
ISBN: 0-333-71749-X
190 pages
$52.50 paperback

Social work is both a demanding and rewarding profession. This book provides a helpful introduction to the nature of social work; its legal and policy base; the knowledge, skills and values involved; and the challenges and pitfalls practitioners face.

Intended as a guide for those considering or beginning a career in social work, this well-written text will prove invaluable for anyone wanting a better understanding of social work and its significant contribution to tackling social problems.

Contents: Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Making Sense of Social Work. The Legal and Policy Context. The Knowledge Base. The Skills Base. The Values Base. Achieving Good Practice. Facing the Challenge. Conclusion. References. Index.

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