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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.

Author: Lesley Chenoweth, Donna McAuliffe

ISBN: 9780170259835

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Starting the journey: An introduction to social work and human service practice
2. Surveying the landscape: Historical and philosophical foundations for practice
3. Locating the lighthouse: Values and ethics in practice
4. Treading carefully: Professional practice and ethical standards
5. Finding the right maps: The knowledge base of practice
6. Travelling many paths: Practice fields and methods
7. Negotiating the maze: The organisational context of practice
8. Plunging in: Engagement, assessment, intervention, termination and review
9. Different landscapes: Working with difference and diversity
10. New journeys

About the Authors

Lesley Chenoweth

Lesley Chenoweth is Professor of Social Work and Head of Logan campus at Griffith University. She has more than 20 years of experience as an academic after a long career in human services in the disability and health sectors. Her current research interests include social work practice, disability, child protection services and rural communities. Lesley has taught numerous courses in social work theory and practice and disability studies. In addition she consults to many government and community organisations and is a regular invited speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Donna McAuliffe

Donna McAuliffe is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Human Services & Social Work at Griffith University. She has worked as a social worker for over 20 years in the fields of community development, mental health and legal social work. Donna now specialises in the field of professional ethics, which is the focus of her teaching and research, and continues to teach courses in social work practice. She is a member of a number of ethics committees in both academic and practice contexts, and provides ethics consultation and supervision to human service practitioners and management.

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