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  • A Brief Introduction to Social Work

    A Brief Introduction to Social Work

    by David Howe

    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...

  • A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

    A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

    by Claire Wilson, Martine Powell

    It is critical that children are interviewed properly in cases of suspected abuse or where the children may be witnesses to or victims of a crime. Poor questioning can upset the child further and contaminate evidence that may be needed in court. Interviewing Children is a practical guide to interviewing techniques for a range of professionals including welfare workers, psychologists, schoolteachers and counsellors, police officers and lawyers. Step by step, it outlines the key stages of an interview, and how to respond to the child's needs during an interview....

  • A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention With At-Risk Youth

    A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention With At-Risk Youth

    by Kevin M. Powell

    By focusing attention on what is right with youth rather than what is wrong with them, the strengths-based approach to intervening with youth avoids negative outcomes commonly associated with deficit- or problem-based interventions. This book provides an accessible outline of the strengths-based approach and details 41 interventions across several strengths domains. Practitioners in school, clinical and community settings will find the book’s numerous case examples, practical suggestions and reproducible forms and handouts invaluable in the provision of day-to-day youth services. *Contents:* Part 1: Overview of a Strengths-Based Approach Chapter 1—Strengths-Based Approach: What,...

  • A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    by Lorraine Muller

    Lorraine Muller outlines a theory for professional practice with Indigenous clients in the human services, based on traditional Indigenous knowledge and spirituality. Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language. Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social...

  • A-Z of Practices that Families find Helpful (Poster)

    A-Z of Practices that Families find Helpful (Poster)

    This poster, developed by the Collaboration Project - Brisbane South "Families and Service Providers Working Together" lists 26 simple practices that families identified as being helpful when engaging with workers. *A*lways ask the family “what would be helpful?” *B*alance the roles – sometimes the family may take the lead, sometimes the worker will take the lead. *C*ollaborate with the family and together services providers in order to provide better outcomes. *D*o what you say you will!!!! *E*xplore options with each family, as every family is unique. Develop *F*lexible responses according to the...

  • Anger and Indigenous Men

    Anger and Indigenous Men

    by Edited by A Day, M Nakata & K

    This book is for social work and criminal justice practitioners who wish to develop culturally appropriate and effective programs for reducing anger-related violence perpetrated by Indigenous men. It places cultural context at the heart of any intervention, broadening the focus from problematic behaviour to a more holistic notion of well-being.  The book is structured in three parts. Part 1 explores Indigenous perspectives on anger and violence, on both sociological and psychological levels. The different views presented show there is no single “cause” but provide contexts for understanding an individual’s anger.  Part 2 outlines...

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