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Part 1: Theories and TheoristsIntroduction Theoretical knowledge Factual knowledge Practice knowledge Understanding human beings Part 2: Skills and Interventions Communication, observation, listening and assessment skills Interviewing skills Providing help, direction and guidance Empowerment, negotiation and partnership skills Professional competence and accountability Appendices Appendix 1: Behavioural approaches Appendix 2: Cognitive approaches Appendix 3: Crisis intervention Appendix 4: Ecological approach in social work Appendix 5: Feminist perspectives in social work Appendix 6: Motivational interviewing Appendix 7: Person-centred approaches Appendix 8: Psychological approaches Appendix 9: Radical and activist perspectives in social work Appendix 10: Strengths perspective Appendix 11: Task-centred approaches Appendix 12: Stages of change (or cycle of change) References

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Dr Pamela Trevithick is Visiting Professor in Social Work at Buckinghamshire New University, UK and the Chair of GAPS, a membership organisation promoting relationship-based approaches, and psychodynamic and systemic thinking in social work. She lectures widely in the UK and abroad on a range of issues relating to effective social work practice.

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