Best Practice with Older People: Social Work Stories by Karen JonesBest Practice with Older People: Social Work Stories by Karen Jones

Best Practice with Older People: Social Work Stories

byKaren Jones, Susanna Watson

Paperback | August 30, 2013

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Social workers often have to handle a great deal of negativity in their working lives. This book celebrates social work practice at its most positive and influential and, in doing so, contributes to a growing literature on critical best practice.

Focused on 12 unique and compelling stories of social work with older people, the authors:

. provide a fresh and realistic insight into life as a social worker, and the dilemmas and difficulties that practitioners typically face

. illustrate how knowledge, theory and research are integrated in professional decision-making and action

. show social workers analyzing their own cases and include reflective questions to help readers formulate their own learning and thereby develop their own practice

This book provides students on qualifying courses with an invaluable perspective on real life practice, and gives qualified practitioners the opportunity to reflect on and better their own practice.
KAREN JONES is former Principal Lecturer in Social Work at the University of the West of England, where she lead the post-qualifying award in adult social work. Karen has co-edited 'Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives' with Barry Cooper and Harry Ferguson, which was published by Palgrave in 2008. She is also joint autho...
Title:Best Practice with Older People: Social Work StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pagesPublished:August 30, 2013Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230293824

ISBN - 13:9780230293823


Table of Contents

1. Introduction.-The Shape of the Book.- The Importance of the 'Best Practice' Approach.- PART I: RELATIONSHIPS.- 2. Relationships: Introduction.- 3. Rachel and Michael: Careful Relationship Building.- 4. Sarah, John and Mary: a Carer Under Pressure.- 5. Eric, Len and Nina: Growing Older with a Learning Disability.- PART II: WORKING CREATIVELY IN ORGANISATIONS.- 6. Working Creatively in Organisations: Introduction.- 7. Maya and Bill: Balancing the Personal and the Professional.- 8. Trish and Stella: Finding Creative Solutions.- 9. Sinead and Pauline: a Personal Budget.- PART III: DIFFERENCE AND DISAGREEMENT.- 10. Difference and Disagreement: Introduction.- 11. Sue and Alice: Working with Complex Family Dynamics.- 12. Fiona, Jack and Esther: Supporting Unwise Decisions.- 13. Judy and Dorothy: the Older Person as Expert.- PART IV: RIGHTS, RISKS AND GOOD JUDGEMENT.- 14. Rights, Risks and Good Judgement: Introduction.- 15. Nada and Joan: Making Difficult Decisions.- 16. Jane and Mr Wilson: Using Legal Powers.- 17. Matt and David: Positive Risk-taking.- 18. Conclusion.- References.