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The Social Work Companion


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PART I: STUDYING SOCIAL WORK.- 1.1 Your Social Work Course.- 1.2 Maximizing Your Learning.- 1.3 Law, Politics and Society.- 1.4 Conclusion.- PART II: CORE TOPICS.- 2.1 Social Work Processes.- 2.2 The Social Context.- 2.3 Human Development.- 2.4 The Organizational Context.- 2.5 Law and Policy.- 2.6 The Value Base.- 2.7 Reflective Practice.- 2.8 Conclusion.- PART III: KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS.- 3.1 Introduction to Part 3.- 3.2 Terms and Concepts.- PART IV: KEY THEORIES AND THEORISTS.- 4.1 Introduction to Part 4.- 4.2 Theories and Theorists.- PART V: DRAWING ON RESEARCH.- 5.1 Why is Research Important?.- 5.2 Understanding Research Methods and Processes.- 5.3 Incorporating Research into Practice.- 5.4 Conclusion.- PART VI: CAREER PATHWAYS.- 6.1 Career Opportunities Across Settings.- 6.2 Continuous Professional Development.- 6.3 Applying for Jobs.- 6.4 Conclusion.

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"This is a comprehensive companion. It is both quick reference book i.e. key terms and concepts section and a text book that is nicely organised to fit the course units. Written in an accessible and friendly way. Excellent further reading and websites but ripe for an update. The key theories section gives a clear and succinct explanation of a broad range of theoretical and philosophical positions." Mandy Hagan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Care & Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

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Dr Neil Thompson and Dr Sue Thompson have, between them, a total of almost sixty years' experience in social work. They are both independent authors, researchers and online tutors. Their company website is at and Neil's blog is at


Thompson and Thompson step through, in a gentle but informative manner, the broad contexts of social work processes, skills, values and knowledge bases that inform the profession. Like a good mentor, the book both challenges and supports the reader on a journey of continuous learning. Engaging and accessible, Thompson and Thompson prompt critical thinking and awareness about being a social worker in the 21st century. - Dr Janice Pascal, Health and Social Care, Bishop Grosseteste University (UK) This comprehensive compendium of considerations provides a really useful guide for those students preparing for and undertaking social work qualifying education programmes. It will open up the pantheon of knowledge which informs social work practice for many of the next generation of practitioners. - Dr Wulf Livingston, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Glyndwr University (UK)

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