1st Edition

Social Work Theory and Methods The Essentials

Edited By Neil Thompson, Paul Stepney Copyright 2018
    276 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This gateway text lays the foundations for a thorough knowledge of the theory and methods that social workers need. Pulling together the work of a team of experts, this book uses the innovative “theorizing practice” approach, rather than the traditional “applying theory to practice” approach, thereby providing a much more satisfactory basis for understanding the relationship between theory and practice and making it easier for practitioners to employ theory in practice.

    Part I sets the scene by examining the relationship between theory and practice, how research can be used to inform practice and the important role of policy and organizational factors. Part II provides 14 chapters, each exploring a different theoretical approach. All in all, this book provides the ideal introduction to using social work theory and methods in practice.

    Part One

    Chapter 1: Theory and Methods in a Practice Context: Theorizing Practice

    Neil Thompson

    Chapter 2: Theory and Methods in an Intellectual Context: Using Research

    Paul Stepney and Neil Thompson

    Chapter 3: Theory and Methods in a Policy and Organizational Context: International Perspectives

    Paul Stepney

    Part Two

    Chapter 4: Psychodynamic Theory

    Malcolm Payne

    Chapter 5: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

    Paul Stepney and Paul Davis

    Chapter 6: Task-Centered Practice

    Ronald Rooney

    Chapter 7: Crisis Intervention

    Neil Thompson

    Chapter 8: Narrative Approaches

    Louise Harms

    Chapter 9: Existentialism

    Neil Thompson

    Chapter 10: Solution-focused Practice

    Suki Desai

    Chapter 11: Mediation

    Wing Hong Chui

    Chapter 12: Social Pedagogy

    Juha Hämäläinen

    Chapter 13: Family Therapy

    Robert Taibbi

    Chapter 14: Group Work

    Mark Doel

    Chapter 15: Ecological Theories

    Aila-Leena Matthies and Kati Närhi

    Chapter 16: Activism and Advocacy

    Donna Baines, Emma Tseris and Fran Waugh

    Chapter 17: Community Social Work

    Paul Stepney 


    Neil Thompson, PhD, DLitt, is an independent writer and educator specializing in online learning. His books include the bestselling Anti-Discriminatory Practice, Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice, and People Skills (all published by Palgrave). He is a sought-after consultant and conference speaker. His website and blog are at www. neilthompson.info.

    Paul Stepney, PhD, is Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Tampere, Finland and visiting professor at two other Finnish universities. Prior to this he has taught at four UK universities and worked as a hospital social worker. Paul’s research interests are in critical practice and prevention, and he is co-author of two books on social work.