In Experiencing Social Work: Learning from Service Users people tell their stories of positive social work and the difference it has made to their lives. The book was inspired by a knowledge of the many positive stories of social work practice and a belief that we can learn more from what goes right than what goes wrong. Follow these stories to understand good practice, reflect on the lessons learned, and to feel uplifted by social work's potential for positive change, support and social justice.
Each chapter is constructed around one or more case examples, emphasising the importance of service users' own knowledge in developing our learning about good practice.
Other key features include: " a wide range of service user groups, including people with mental health problems, disabilities, parenting difficulties, living in care, those experiencing loss and other life transitions " editorial commentaries that unpack the core themes and issues from each practice example and open a dialogue to understand the experience and learn from it " a strong grounding in the ethical guidelines and skills-base required of all social work trainees and practitioners.
This important book will encourage readers to learn from examples of positive practice, and will underline the significant role that social work plays in many people's lives. It will be an essential text for all undergraduate social work students and will also be useful for qualified social workers, service users, and carers.