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Modern Social Work Theory


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Preface and Acknowledgements Construction and Reality in Social Work Theory Using Social Work Theory in Practice Psychodynamic Perspectives Crisis Intervention and Task-centred Models Cognitive-behavioural Theories Systems and Ecological Perspectives Social Psychology and Social Construction Humanism, Existentialism and Spirituality Social and Community Development From Radical to Critical Perspectives Feminist Perspectives Anti-discrimination and Cultural and Ethnic Sensitivity Empowerment and Advocacy Assessing Social Work Theories Bibliography Index List of Figures and Tables

About the Author

MALCOLM PAYNE is Director of Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at St Christopher's Hospice, having previously worked as Professor of Applied Community Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K., in probation, social services and the national and local voluntary sector. His most recent books are Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care, Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates and Critical Practice in Social Work (the latter two co-edited with Adams and Dominelli).


'the seminal work of its type in social work today' - Professor Jan Fook, Director, Centre for Professional Development, La Trobe University, Australia 'the most comprehensive attempt to provide an overarching view of theory for social work in one text' - Dr Caroline Skehill, School of Social Work, Queens University Belfast 'this text stands out above all others' - Dr Stephen C. Anderson, Director and Professor, School of Social Work, New Mexico State University, USA 'This new edition of a standard, well regarded textbook is well written, has clear analyses, excellent bibliographies and website references both at the end of each section and at the end of the book...' - Gwyn Gwyntopher, Professional Social Work '...this new edition should be warmly welcomed. It is important and it is unique. Payne uses ingenious devices to engage the interest of the reader and to make the concepts he presents interesting...There is nothing else quite like it in the field and it is reasonable to expect that it will be a long time before the field sees its equal.' - Charles Guzzetta, European Journal of Social Work

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