Relationship-Based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice

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Relationship-based practice is founded on the idea that human relationships are of paramount importance and should be at the heart of all good social work practice. This book provides a thorough guide to relationship-based practice in social work, integrating the ideas behind it using illustrative case studies and offering a model for practice. Case examples cover the different service user groups, such as older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health difficulties, illustrate how relationship-based practice works in reality and explore the ranges of emotions that practitioners may encounter. The book outlines key skills such as how to establish rapport with the client and using empathy to build a relationship. It also explores incorporating service user perspectives, appropriate support systems and effective leadership into relationship focused work. This book will be an invaluable textbook for undergraduate and post-graduate social work students, practitioners on post-qualifying courses and all social work and allied professionals.

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Relationship Based Social Work re-affirms the importance of the working relationship between social worker and service user within a contemporary perspective. This is a timely and thought provoking work which provides a well argued counterpoint to the increasing dominance of managerial and outcomes-based approaches to social work practice. As such it will be of great value to students and practitioners alike. --Martin Gill, Lecturer in Social Work, University of East Anglia, UK

With the wide range of facets and issues covered and the numerous different facets of the problems and possibilities of professional relationship-based work addressed, the book offers a comprehensive model for the practice of professional relationship-based interventions in social work. --European Journal of Social Work

Relationship-Based Social Work is quite refreshing and unlike many of the theory and practice books I have read recently... This is very easy to read with minimal jargon and is a definite change of pace to more theoretical books... Is this a useful text I will keep beyond my academic career? Definitely yes! --Rostrum

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Gillian Ruch is Senior Lecturer and Head of Teaching Programmes in the Division of Social Work Studies at the University of Southampton. Danielle Turney is Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Director of the Post-Qualifying Specialist Award in Social Work with Children and Young People at the University of Bristol. Adrian Ward is Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock Clinic in London.

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