This comprehensive guide to relationship-based practice in social work communicates the theory using illustrative case studies and offers a model for practice. Updated and expanded, it now includes increased coverage of anti-oppressive and diversity issues, service user perspectives and systemic approaches in social work.
The book explores the ranges of emotions that practitioners may encounter with service users, and covers working in both short-term and long-term professional relationships. It also outlines key skills, such as how to establish rapport, and explores systemic issues, such as building appropriate support systems for practice, management and leadership.
Relationship Based Social Work (2nd Edition) builds on the persuasive and powerful arguments presented in the first edition of this seminal text. The book will be valued as a resource and as emotional and theoretical sustenance for those who seek to maintain an emphasis on the relationships that are at the core of social work practice regardless of context or situation. Such a commitment can be beset by challenges, compromises and difficulties but this book provides reassurance and clarity to help guide practitioners, students and academics alike. This should be on every social work bookshelf.
In the current climate for child and family social work, it has never been more important to underpin practice with relevant theoretical knowledge that can be applied by practitioners in their everyday tasks. This book provides an accessible way of doing this. I will be making sure this valuable resource is available as essential reading across our organisation.
The central message of this book should make it a 'must read' for all social workers, managers and those concerned with and about social work. As with all great ideas and concepts, the joy is that at their heart they are simple. What this book does beautifully is unpack the simple idea, exploring the key components of how social workers should place relationship based social work at the centre of their practice. In a world too driven by technocratic responses, digital solutions and robotics, the one thing we can be sure of is that social workers will not be replaced by robots! This book explains why - you should read it.
Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work and works in the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex.
Danielle Turney is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Director of the MSc in Advanced Social Work with Children and Families at the University of Bristol.
Formerly Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock Clinic in London, Adrian Ward has written and edited several books in the fields of residential care and therapeutic communities, social work and professional education.
Foreword by David Howe
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction / Adrian Ward, Gillian Ruch and Danielle Turney
Section 1. Setting Out the Terrain: Historical Trends, Conceptual Models and Frameworks
1. The Contemporary Context of Relationship-Based Practice / Gillian Ruch
2. Theoretical Frameworks Informing Relationship-Based Practice / Gillian Ruch
3. The Use of Self in Relationship-Based Practice / Adrian Ward
Section 2. Working with the Relationship in Practice
4. Brief Encounters: Working in Complex, Short-Term Relationships / Ravi KS Kohli and Jane Dutton
S. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings: Part I: Anger, Aggression and Hostility / Martin Smith
6. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings: Part II: Hopelessness, Depression and Despair / Clare Parkinson
7. Sustaining Relationships: Working with Strong Feelings: Part III: Love and Positive Feelings / Danielle Turney
8. Long-Term Complex Relationships / Linnet McMahon
9. Endings Are Different from Outcomes: Working with Endings in Relationship-Based Practice / Robin Solomon
Section 3. sustaining, Supporting and Developing Relationship-Based Practice in a Reflective Context
10. The Learning Relationship: Learning and Development for Relationship-Based Practice / Adrian Ward
11. Being Alongside: Working with Complexity and Ambiguity in Caring Relationships / Jeremy Walsh
12. Relating and Relationships in Supervision: Supportive and Companionable or Dominant and Submissive? / John Simmonds
13. Professional Leadership for Relationship-Based Practice / Anna Fairtlough
14. What Future?: Organisational Forms, Relationship-Based Social Work Practice and the Changing World Order / Andrew Cooper
Conclusion / Danielle Turney, Adrian Ward and Gillian Ruch
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