Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice.  book cover
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Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice.

ISBN 9780415590815
Published June 7, 2010 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Harnessing the inspiration available from the arts and the imagination brings to life sensitive and effective social work practice. Workers feel most satisfied while service users and communities are more likely to benefit when creative thinking can be applied to practice dilemmas. Drawing on contributions from Canada, England and Utrecht this book illustrates the transforming effect of creatively applied thinking to social problems. The first part of the book considers how use of the self can be enhanced by analytic reflection and application to difficulties facing individuals and communities. The second part shows psychodynamic theory to be a valuable aid when thinking about issues faced by social workers facing threats and accusations, therapeutic work with children and restorative youth justice. The third part of the book considers the implications of working with the arts in community settings – an ex-mining community in North West England, the Tate Gallery in London and the ‘cultural capital’ of Liverpool. Taken as a whole these chapters combine to inspire and provoke thought of how the arts and the imagination can be used creativity to help service users confronted by problems with living and the workers who attempt to get alongside them to think about these.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Prue Chamberlayne and Martin Smith

Part 1 - Use of the self in creative expression

1. Where is the love? Art, aesthetics and research  Yasmin Gunaratnam

2. Georgie’s girl: last conversation with my father  Karen Lee

3. Innovative rehabilitation after head injury: examining the use of a creative intervention  Claire Smith

4. An interplay of learning, creativity and narrative biography in a mental health setting. Bertie’s story  Olivia Sagan

Part 2 - Theoretical underpinnings

5. Smoke without fire? Social workers’ fears of threats and accusations  Martin Smith

6. Creating communication. Self-examination as a therapeutic method for children  Carolus van Nijnatten and Frida van Doorn

7. Arts based learning in restorative youth justice: embodied, moral and aesthetic  Lynn Froggett

Part 3 - The wider community

8. ‘Ways of knowing and showing’: imagination and representation in feminist participatory social research  Victoria Foster

9. Representations of violence: learning with Tate Modern  Hannele Weir

10. ‘I thought I wasn’t creative but…’ Explorations of cultural capital with Liverpool young people  Paula Pope

11. Case Experience: ‘Dancing Shoes’, A Buddhist Perspective Donovan Chamberlayne

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Prue Chamberlayne has used biographical methods in a range of research and policy settings. Retired from the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University, she is now writes poetry, and is involved in a community development project in Uganda.

Martin Smith is the Practitioner-Manager of the Buckinghamshire Social Services Out of Hours Emergency Team. He is particularly interested in researching and writing about social workers’ experiences of stress and fear.