1st Edition

Integrating Social Work Theory and Practice A Practical Skills Guide

By Pam Green Lister Copyright 2012
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    All social work students study theory and undertake practice placements. Integrating the two – so that each informs the other – is both essential and notoriously tricky. This accessible book demystifies the process and offers helpful evidence-based strategies for doing it successfully.

    Structured around different approaches to learning, Integrating Social Work Theory and Practice covers:

    • Adult and student centred learning
    • Learning and teaching techniques and assessment methods
    • How to locate and identify theory
    • How to critically analyse theory
    • Key theoretical concepts in social science
    • Issues surrounding anti-oppressive theory and practice
    • Methods of intervention
    • Integrating theory and practice in academic work and on placements.

    This essential text helps students to identify, critically analyse and apply theory appropriately, enhancing their practice. It will be useful to all social work students struggling with the theory-practice gap.

    Selected contents: 1. Introduction  2. Learning Processes  3. Reflection, Criticality and Transfer of Learning  4. Theoretical Explanations: How and Where to Look  5. Anti Oppressive Theories and Concepts  6. Anti Oppressive Processes  7. Integrating Theory and Practice in Assessment  8. Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work Interventions: Beginning to Understand Social Work Methods  9. Integrating Theory and Practice in Social Work Interventions: Furthering the Critique and Applying the Method  10. Critical Incident Analyses  11. Concluding Remarks


    Pam Green Lister is Director of the Masters in Social Work at the Glasgow School of Social Work. She teaches social work theory and practice and has researched widely within social work education.

    'A clear and accessible book written in an engaging style, with useful activities and techniques to guide the integration of theory and practice in social work, underpinned by the author's research into student learning and extensive teaching experience. It will be a valuable addition to social work students' personal library.' – Anne Quinney, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Bournemouth University, UK.