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Social Work Theories in Context
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Dedication.- Acknowledgements.- Preface.- PART I: STARTING POINTS.- 1. Introduction: Social Work Theories in Context.- PART II: UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT OF PRACTICE.- 2. Dominant Discourses.- 3. Professional Discourses.- 4. Alternative Discourses.- PART III: THEORIES IN USE.- 5. Theory Use in Practice.- 6. Systems Theories.- 7. Problem-Solving Approaches.- 8. Strengths and Solution Focused Practice.- 9. Empowerment Theory.- 10. Critical Social Work Theory.- 11. Postmodernism.- 12. Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index.

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"...[Healy] provides a very usable, easily readable guide to the application of theories to pracitce, and incorporates some thoughtful consideration of service users' rights and perspective that are very relevant to advocacy efforts." - Margarete Parrish, The Higher Education Academy (Social Policy and Social Work)

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Karen Healy is Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, Australia. Shehas a strong background in direct social work practiceand has practised as a social worker in health, youth, and child protection services. She is the author of four books and numerous papers on many aspects of social work practice and policy studies. She regularly conducts lectures and workshops in Australia and in Europe, particularly in Nordic countries.

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"...[Healy] provides a very usable, easily readable guide to the application of theories to pracitce, and incorporates some thoughtful consideration of service users' rights and perspective that are very relevant to advocacy efforts." - Margarete Parrish, The Higher Education Academy (Social Policy and Social Work)

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