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Assessment is a crucial social work task. Yet there is so much to consider that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. This book gives you structured, practical guidance on how to approach this vital professional skill. In a clear and accessible style, the authors provide both the theory behind assessment as well as helpful practice examples. At the heart of this authoritative book is a set of theoretical maps to guide social workers' thinking and decision-making when undertaking assessment. Highlights of this fourth edition are: ? insights into the kind of high-quality collaborative assessment that is most likely to lead to effective interventions ? chapters discussing the specific challenges of assessment in children's and adult services ? careful analysis of the latest legislation and government guidance ? engaging features such as case studies, questions to challenge your perceptions, and thinking points to make you consider your own experience in the workplace. This fully revised edition of a tried-and-tested text gives social work students and practitioners alike a coherent and reliable guide to best practice.
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Introduction.- 1. Assessment in the 21st Century.- 2. Anti-Oppressive Practice.- 3. Effective Assessment Processes.- 4. Selecting a Map.- 5. A Satellite Map: Systems Approaches.- 6. A Map of the Ocean: Psychodynamic Approaches.- 7. An Ordnance Survey Map: Behavioral Approaches.- 8. A Handy Tourist Map: The Task-Centered Approach.- 9. An Explorer Map: Strengths-based Approaches.- 10. Assessment in Childrens' Services.- 11. Assessment in Adults' Services.- 12. A Map of the Universe: Spiritual Approaches.- Conclusion

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Assessment in Social Work is already a core text on our social work courses here in Trinity College Dublin. This four edition includes new chapters on systems theory and spirituality adding extra depth to an already rich text. I cannot recommend it highly enough as an essential resource for social work students and new graduates.' - Trish Walsh, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. 'This superb 4th edition ranks among the few 'must have' books for students, academics and practitioners. Its thoughtful and imaginative approach to complex issues is outstanding.' - Bernard Moss, Emeritus Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality Staffordshire University, UK 'I am delighted to see a fourth edition of one of my favourite social work textbooks.' - Sally Holland, Director, CASCADE Children's Social care Research and Development Centre, Cardiff University, UK

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Judith Milner is a Freelance counsellor and trainer Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences at the University of Salford, UK Patrick O'Byrne is a Freelance counsellor, supervisor and family mediator and was formerly a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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'Assessment in Social Work is already a core text on our social work courses here in Trinity College Dublin. This four edition includes new chapters on systems theory and spirituality adding extra depth to an already rich text. I cannot recommend it highly enough as an essential resource for social work students and new graduates.' - Trish Walsh, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. 'This superb 4th edition ranks among the few 'must have' books for students, academics and practitioners. Its thoughtful and imaginative approach to complex issues is outstanding.' - Bernard Moss, Emeritus Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality Staffordshire University, UK 'I am delighted to see a fourth edition of one of my favourite social work textbooks.' - Sally Holland, Director, CASCADE Children's Social care Research and Development Centre, Cardiff University, UK

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