1st Edition

Cognitive-behavioural Social Work in Practice

By Katy Cigno, Diana Bourn Copyright 1998

    Cognitive-Behavioural Social Work in Practice appears at an interesting time for social work and social services. More than ever, practitioners are required to provide evidence for the effectiveness of what they do, while the rights of service users to ethically competent practice in which they are partners is high on the agenda. Drawing on a wide area of research, as well as the practice experience of its 18 contributors, it covers a broad range of cognitive-behavioural intervention with different client groups in a variety of settings, including child care, family work, probation and offending behaviour, mental health, disability and issues concerning older people. The first chapter sets out lucidly the theoretical and research basis for cognitive-behavioural practice and is rich in case examples. Each subsequent chapter adopts a case study approach to its subject, either by providing a single case study or by the detailed exploration of an area of practice combined with case examples. The volume is unique in not only bringing together practitioners and academics but in presenting the work of the 'academic, reflective practitioner'. It is thus an accessible, informative guide for professionals, students and educators who, with all their working pressures and constraints, strive to provide help based on best evidence.

    Contents: Introduction; Research and theory; Direct clinical work with children; Intervention to protect the child; Treating children who fail to thrive; Children with severe learning disabilities; Behavioural work in residential childcare; Working with young offenders; Adult probationers and the STOP programme; Working with carers using the birthday exercise; Learning theory, addiction and counselling; Behavioural work, crisis intervention and the mental health call-out; Intervention in group care for older people; The prevention and management of elder abuse; Epilogue: education for effective practice.


    Katy Cigno, Diana Bourn

    ’I would recommend this book to practitioners wishing to breathe some fresh air into practice possibilities and to trainee social workers who wish to learn an approach which will build upon other behaviourally-based approaches in their intervention toolbag.’ British Journal of Social Work ’An accessible practice-based book on behavioural social work...’ European Journal of Social Work ’...informative and timely...a rich mixture of theory, research and practice...The text is a thoroughly good buy and should form part of every social work training course.’ Cognitive Behavioural Social Work Review