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Psychology and Social Work: Applied Perspectives




Psychology and Social Work: Applied Perspectives

Gabriela Misca, Peter Unwin

ISBN: 978-0-745-69634-8 February 2017 Polity 200 Pages

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Successful social work practice is underpinned by knowledge, theories and research findings from a range of related disciplines, key among which is psychology. This timely book offers a grounded and engaging guide to psychology's vital role at the heart of contemporary social work practice.

The book skilfully addresses some of the central theoretical developments in psychology from an applied perspective, and explains how these make essential contributions to the methods and theory base of social work in ways that foster critical evaluation and promote best practice.

Written by two authors with extensive backgrounds in psychology and social work respectively—as well as a deep understanding of the intersections of the two—this book delivers a unique synthesis of perspectives and approaches, focusing on their application to the lives of individuals and families. Each chapter contains reflective points and case studies based on contemporary practice realities which are related to the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Workers and also to the Health and Care Professions Council's Standards of Proficiency.

Times have never been more challenging for social work and this book will be an invaluable source of professional support within the ever-more complex psychological worlds where social work takes place.

1. Introduction: The place of psychological knowledge and research in social work training and practice

2. Signposts from Developmental Psychology on Human Development over the Life Course

3. Perspectives from Clinical and Counselling Psychology on Mental Health and Illness

4. Perspectives from Social and Community Psychology: Understanding values, attitudes, diversity and community change

5. Health Psychology: Understanding health, illness, stress and addiction

6. Organizational Psychology: Understanding the individual and the organization in the social work structure

7. Forensic Psychology: Understanding criminal behaviour and working with victims of crime

8. Conclusion


"This text provides a very well structured and written introduction to the application of psychology to social work. Its use of detailed examples brings the theory to life and ensures that the reader will come away with an understanding of the many uses of psychology in different social settings." - Michael Murray, Keele University

"A must for those wanting to know how to apply psychological insights to their social work practice. This textbook provides an engaging description of key psychological theories and perspectives critically applied to contemporary social work practice accompanied by reflective discussions and a long running case study." - Hugh McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University