The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of practice in the professions of social work and the human services. It lays out the journey and expertly signposts the key areas of knowledge, skills, values, ethics, practice contexts and contemporary debates. Client and practitioner perspectives give voice to important messages that practitioners need to hear.
This fourth edition includes significant updates and new information on eprofesionalism and digitisation of practice, professional standards and regulatory frameworks, values and ethics, trauma-informed practice, and disaster and environmental work. The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice will help you face the challenge of the road ahead with confidence as you transition from student to practitioner.
- Provides a comprehensive, practice-oriented coverage of introductory social work and human service practice issues in the Australasian context.
- Case studies throughout the text present students with real life situations to consider and develop their understanding.
- ‘Practitioner perspective’ boxes provide personalised viewpoints on aspects of practice that help students understand the real-life context of the material.
- ‘Client perspectives’ share stories from clients’ lives that help students to consider issues form the consumer’s point of view.
- Activities throughout each chapter help students to reflect and explore the complexities and diversities of practice.
- Questions at the end of each chapter help readers consolidate their learning.
- A companion website for students provides resources to help them revise the chapters and explore topics further.
New to the Edition
- New material on eprofessionalism and contemporary issues related to digitisation brings the text up to date with advances in technology that are impacting practice.
- Chapters 3 and 4 have been extensively rewritten to improve the flow of content on values and ethics, update the discussion of professional standards (including AASW practice standards) and reflect important changes to regulatory frameworks.
- Extended material on disaster and environmental work addresses recent developments in these increasingly important areas and sets out interventions and skills needed.
- A new section on trauma-informed practice reflects the substantial interest in these theoretical paradigms
- For instructors: New continuous case studies span multiple chapters of the text to show how various topics impact on practice, helping students to apply critical thinking skills to real-life scenarios.