Professional Writing For Social Work Practice Second Edition

Author: Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826178154
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This invaluable guide helps social workers develop the writing skills necessary for a successful career. Actual examples drawn from all arenas of social work demonstrate strong and problematic writing. Organized around the core social work curriculum, the book’s examples are applicable to every foundation course. Each example begins with field notes and proceeds through drafts to the final version, with explanations about corrections. Readers learn by doing through exercises interspersed throughout. Written by a social work and an English professor, the book provides a fusion of writing and practice, covering all the tools necessary for developing professional social work writing skills. Key Features: Provides chapters for each of the BSW/MSW foundational courses (HBSE, Practice, Policy, Research, and Fieldwork) to exemplify writing expectations in each area. Juxtaposes original drafts and corrected final versions with explanations about corrections made to highlight common mistakes. Includes writing samples used in actual practice such as research reports, court documentation, grant applications, intake forms, progress notes, press releases, and case assessments that exemplify every day challenges. Provides self-assessments and exercises to help readers identify their strengths and challenges. Highlights typical writing challenges including sentence structure, punctuation, use of voice and excessive verbiage, and sample resumes and cover letters, providing a valuable lifetime resource. Encourages practice in writing in different contexts and with different audiences to prepare readers for working in any social work venue. Covers legal and ethical issues and writing to influence policy and transmit research findings. New to this edition: Emphasizes writing fundamentals (new Ch. 1) by breaking the process into steps from note taking, to rough drafts, to editing the final version, to help students master most writing tasks. Connects critical thinking (new Ch. 2) and cultural competency skills (new Ch. 3) to writing and infuses this information throughout the book. Addresses CSWE 2015 EPAS and competencies to better prepare readers for writing professional documentation. Discusses the use of the APA style used in social work practice. Provides instructor’s resources including Power Points, a sample syllabus, and assignments, tips, and activities for using the book in writing and foundational courses. Designed for writing-specific social work courses such as interviewing and documentation, professional seminars, as well as writing modules in all BSW and MSW foundation courses, this book is ideal for anyone interested in strengthening their social work writing skills.

Professional Writing For Social Work Practice

Author: Daniel Weisman, MSW, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826109276
Size: 42.40 MB
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Many social work students today lack the basic writing skills they will need to practice effectively with clients. This user-friendly guide to effective writing skills focuses specifically on the types of writing social work practitioners are required to do in everyday practice: writing for agency reports, client documentation, court letters, and grant writing applications, among other documents. It includes abundant real-world examples drawn from all arenas of social work practice. The text helps students to understand and practice the basics of successful writing through the inclusion of actual forms and records that are customarily used in social work practice. It presents examples of strong writing and analyzes common writing errors. Each chapter contains examples of good and poor writing, and includes forms on which students can practice their new skills. The text also covers legal and ethical issues surrounding legal documentation and use of writing to influence policy and transmit research findings. Key Features: Helps students understand and practice the basics of good writing Focuses specifically on the types of writing they will need to do in social work practice Includes writing samples used in actual social work venues Provides samples of agency reports, intake forms, client progress notes, court documentation, and more

Writing Skills For Social Workers

Author: Karen Healy
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446290050
Size: 62.93 MB
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Social workers are required to communicate in writing for a range of purposes and audiences. The new edition of this best-selling book aims to raise the profile of writing skills in social work practice. It encourages the development of writing techniques which will stand the reader in good stead throughout their professional career. Examples of the types of writing covered include: - Case-notes - Reports - Proposals - Literature reviews - Journal articles - Funding applications. Reflective exercises, hot tips for effective writing and further reading are included in each chapter. The book is also linked to the professional standards that structure training, practice and continuing professional development. It will be an essential study guide for all students, practitioners and managers in social work settings.

Professional Writing Skills For Social Workers

Author: Louise Frith
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780335263929
Size: 53.63 MB
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Communicating in writing is a highly valued skill which is central to the fabric of social work practice. Good writing is critical in informing sound decisions in the interests of service users, yet it is a skill that can often be neglected in the face of demanding social work roles. This book aims to help social workers to write clearly, accurately and objectively in all contexts, so that they can communicate effectively with multiple audiences. It gives social workers practical guidance and advice on how to write unambiguously, efficiently and analytically, demonstrating how important writing skills are to the professional identity of social workers. Topics covered include: * Advice on all communication types including emails, letters, case notes, reports, funding applications and text messages * Techniques for planning and organising your writing * Using professional language and vocabulary appropriate to your audiences * A refresher on common grammar mistakes that can detract from your message * Information on the legal frameworks you should be aware of when recording events, conversations, and recommendations * Meeting the requirements of reports where space to express yourself may be at a premium Each chapter contains numerous exercises, with examples of good analytical writing included to help writers to develop their own competence. Case studies drawn from real scenarios relate the skills being discussed directly to practice. This book is an indispensable manual for all social work students, newly qualified social workers and experienced professionals who want a practical guide to improving their writing. "I am pleased to endorse this very important book for aspiring social workers and qualified social workers. In my view this book will assist to improve competency in a range of effective written communications and develop personal confidence in the writing skills of social workers and other social care staff. A significant part of the role of social care staff is to be able to present a variety of information clearly in written form, conveying perspectives, knowledge and facts effectively in a variety of ways and to different audiences. In my work I have found that some of the areas where social workers need most improvement are punctuation, followed by grammar and clarity within their writing. Many also need to work on tenses, sentence structure and spelling. Those who read and use this book effectively will benefit greatly in improving their professional standards. For some of those, English may not be their first language. This book will give them the opportunity to gain confidence in writing skills, to improve their report writing skills, to avoid ambiguities and misunderstanding in relation to their work helping them to improve their ability to write for an agreed audience which captivates and retains the attention of the reader. This new confidence in their writing capability should have a knock-on effect to assist how they present cases and communicate with various people." Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, Chief Executive & Managing Partner, Bokell Associates Ltd, Magistrate, and recognized leader in the field of workforce development "Writing well matters! Writing is a necessary social work skill to ensure positive outcomes for service users and carers and to promote the profession of social work. This text is a critical resource for social work students and social workers to review and enhance their professional writing. Frith and Martin provide a solid rationale for professional writing and take the reader from technical aspects of writing to specific types of professional writing. The use of examples and exercises throughout enables readers to reflect on their strengths and areas for further development in technical and professional aspects of writing. The text will no doubt make social workers think twice before they write. This book is not a "once read" text for students or social workers, but rather a resource to keep within one's reach!" Barbra Teater, Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, America "Professional writing is an essential part of a social worker's repertoire. Poor professional writing is frequently criticised, in particular in the courts, making this volume an essential tool for social workers and students. It is accessible and clearly written. I highly recommend it." Joyce Lishman, Emeritus Professor, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK "In Professional Writing Skills for Social Workers, Frith and Martin have developed an easy-to-read guide for newly qualified (and long qualified) social workers to use in a very practical way. The book covers all areas of writing in a professional context from the correct use of grammar, punctuation and expected salutations to more specific style guides which cover reports, assessments and case records as well as writing in a broader sense which includes SMS, social media and emails. This book provides a useful guide to those who are moving from academic writing to professional writing but it is also a valuable and accessible reminder for all who need to write in a professional manner, however long they have been doing so. This book is a valuable addition to the shelf of anyone working in the health and social care sectors." Victoria Hart, Mental Health Social Worker, UK

The Columbia Guide To Social Work Writing

Author: Warren J. Green
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231142951
Size: 72.52 MB
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Social work practitioners write for a variety of publications, and they are expected to show fluency in a number of related fields. Whether the target is a course instructor, scholarly journal, fellowship organization, or general news outlet, social workers must be clear, persuasive, and comprehensive in their writing, especially on provocative subjects. This first-of-its-kind guide features top scholars and educators providing a much-needed introduction to social work writing and scholarship. Foregrounding the process of social work writing, the coeditors particularly emphasize how to think about and approach one's subject in a productive manner. The guide begins with an overview of social work writing from the 1880s to the present, and then follows with ideal strategies for academic paper writing, social work journal writing, and social work research writing. A section on applied professional writing addresses student composition in field education, writing for and about clinical practice, the effective communication of policy information to diverse audiences, program and proposal development, advocacy, and administrative writing. The concluding section focuses on specific fields of practice, including writing on child and family welfare, contemporary social issues, aging, and intervention in global contexts. Grounding their essays in systematic observations, induction and deduction, and a wealth of real-world examples, the contributors describe the conceptualization, development, and presentation of social work writing in ways that better secure its power and relevance.

Essential Theory For Social Work Practice

Author: Chris Beckett
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473911710
Size: 63.45 MB
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Focusing on what students really need to know, this book breaks down all of the key social work theory covered across a students' training, demystifying complex concepts by demonstrating their application to real-life practice. Multiple case studies highlight applied theory in different practice settings and across issues and challenges that students might face, while self-assessment exercises, practice notes, concise chapter summaries and discussion points help to consolidate their understanding. New chapters bring the book right up to date and include Relationship-based Work, The Importance of Language, Political Perspectives and Environmental Intervention. Written by two well-established and expert authors, this is the 'must-have' theory text for all social work students.

Forensic Social Work

Author: Robert L. Barker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317826272
Size: 31.68 MB
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Explore the legalities and pitfalls of forensic social work! Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Second Edition examines the professional specialty of forensic social work which involves testifying in court as an expert witness, investigating cases of possible criminal conduct, and assisting the legal system in such issues as child custody disputes, divorce, child support, juvenile delinquency, spouse or child abuse, and placing individuals in mental hospitals. As a student or professional social worker, you will explore a variety of ethical and legal issues, such as malpractice, licensing, credentialing, marketing for forensic clients, and presenting effective courtroom testimony. Current and fact-filled, this new edition discusses the origins of forensic social work and offers implications for future practice. New material in this edition includes a chapter on how to establish a forensic social work practice, with information on how to bring in clients, generate new referrals and make other important contacts. Another new chapter expands on the first edition's discussion of implanted memory versus recovered memory and the ways that social workers use and often misuse this information. A third new chapter examines credentialing requirements for forensic social work. Forensic Social Work details legal conflicts you may face and offers suggestions on how to deal with these situations. Rich with examples, some aspects of forensic social work that you will learn about are: separating the role of the expert witness from the role of the fact witness while testifying understanding the motivations, payments, and positive incentives for entering the field of forensic social work avoiding malpractice lawsuits by understanding the criteria for liability guidelines for action when laws and ethics collide preparing for litigation duty-to-warn laws writing reports and contracts for the litigious society using the problem-oriented (SOAP) record distinguishing implanted memory from recovered memory and understanding how witnesses and social workersmay misuse remembered information Complete with a glossary, case examples, and information on how to obtain clients, new referrals, and other contacts, Forensic Social Work gives you a thorough look at the profession of forensic social work. You will explore the legal and ethical issues that come with this profession, learn the credentials needed to become a forensic social worker, and discover how to adequately market yourself in the field. Forensic Social Work will prepare you for the circumstances that may arise and help you to professionally and successfully overcome future challenges.

Neurobiology For Clinical Social Work

Author: Jeffrey S. Applegate
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393704204
Size: 60.71 MB
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Current brain research bears on all of the helping professions. This book informs clinical social workers and social work educators about new findings from research on attachment and neurobiology. Topics include brain structure and organization, brain plasticity, normal and abnormal attachment, early trauma, adolescent mothers, parental depression, child abuse and neglect, and assessment and intervention strategies.

Social Work Records

Author: Jill Doner Kagle
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478609176
Size: 16.69 MB
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The latest edition of Social Work Records describes an approach to recordkeeping that is well-suited to contemporary practice. The authors encourage practitioners to seek a balance among accountability, supporting and improving practice, efficiency, and client privacy in selecting and organizing information in their records. They propose guidelines for improving agency-wide policies and procedures and include new material on demonstrating cultural competence, systematic assessment, managed care, computerization, and record security. The process of recording, as well as the record itself, are described and illustrated in ways that fit the realities of todays practice. Social Work Records is a single source that: introduces the 15 principles of good records and their usefulness to assess the quality, appropriateness, and impact of services; presents an overview of the content of social work records using the Service-Centered Record format; focuses on the structure of the record by describing and analyzing a wide range of approaches, formats, and forms that are used to select and organize information; offers solutions to issues in practice from both the direct-service and the administrative perspective; provides a thorough analysis of records and the law.