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A Brief Introduction to Social Work

Learning about social work theory is a bit like hot air ballooning - it's about looking at the world from above and going on a voyage of discovery to find out what guides social work practice. In 25 clearly labelled chapters, this book explains and discusses social work theory in a crisp, clear and accessible way. Whether you're a student, a newly qualified social worker or a 'seasoned' professional you will find plenty in this book to inform, enlighten and refresh you.

Written by David Howe, one of the top British writers in social work, his simple, easy-to-read style makes this text ideal for quick reference in lectures, on placement or in practice.

A Brief Introduction to Social Work Theory manages to be both compact and comprehensive. You will return to this 'can't live without it' text time and time again.


  • Social Work Theory
  • Origins
  • Casework and Social Reform
  • Cause and Function
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Behavioural Therapies
  • Cognitive Therapies
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Social Work
  • Task-centred work
  • Be Responsible, Think Positive
  • Solution-focused Approaches
  • The Strengths Perspective
  • Systemic and Ecological Approaches
  • Radical Social Work
  • Critical Social Work
  • Feminist Social Work
  • Anti-oppressive Practices and Empowerment
  • Relationship-based Social Work
  • Person-centred Approaches
  • Reflection and Reflexivity
  • Wellbeing
  • Brains for Social Workers
  • Critical Best Practice
  • The Best in Theory

DAVID HOWE OBE is Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He was founding editor of the Blackwell Science Journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001) and is the author of numerous books

A Brief Introduction to Social Work

Author: David Howe

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