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Social Work Theories in Context


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Dedication Acknowledgements Preface 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 Bibliography Figures

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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.


'...[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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