The Positive Social Worker

1st Edition

Stewart Collins

September 27, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138300255 - CAT# Y365682

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Developed from the author’s own experiences in social work and social work education, this book considers alternative approaches for social workers in dealing with the extensive demands, persistent pressures, and stress that they may face in their daily working lives.

The Positive Social Worker is firmly located in an individual, group, organisational, cultural and socio-political context. It considers and celebrates concepts linked to the importance, and sources, of work-related well-being. Individual chapters describe and critically analyse the social work context, the role of hope, optimism, commitment, resilience, support, appraisals, positive emotions and coping, self-efficacy, control and agency. Throughout clear links are made with social work practice. While the book concentrates on a UK context, it draws on literature from social work, social, organisational, work and positive psychology and sociology, from the UK, the USA, Europe, Australasia and other countries.

This book should be considered essential reading for social workers, graduate and post graduate social work students, practice educators and lecturers. It will also be of relevance to professionals and professionals in training in the criminal justice and health and social care fields.


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