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Social Work Skills and Knowledge


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Part 1: Theories and Theorists Introduction
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

About the Author

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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