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What is professional social work?


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Contents: Introduction: the social work discourse; The identity of social work; Social work as a practice; Social work values: social justice and social care; Social work, management and the agency; Social work, power and society; Social work: profession among professions; Social works: global and local; Social work: (inter)personal, political and professional. CUSTOMERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA: Copies of this title are available from Lyceum Publishing,

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Malcolm Payne is Director, Psycho-social and Spiritual Care, St Christopher's Hospice, London, Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University and Honorary Professor, Kingston University/St George's Medical School.


Review of first edition: "This book is the best available general description of the increasingly complex environments the modern social worker operates in, and the roles that have to be taken on. The analysis will be extremely useful for students and indeed for practitioners who feel adrift from a value base." Community Care Review of first edition: "Of great interest both for professionals, for educators in social work and for scientists who want to develop knowledge in, about and for social work. I recommend this book to all interested in a better understanding of social work, both as an academic activity and as a profession." Scandinavian Journal of Social Welfare Review of the first edition: "The book presents an overview which should be useful particularly for students on post-qualifying social work courses." Professional Social Work

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