Counselling and Social Work
Counselling in Context
Social work is perennially in the public eye, and interest in counseling has never been greater. But these activities are changing rapidly in response to new needs and resource limitations, and their complexity is not easy to grasp even by those involved. This book looks at how the specific context of social work shapes the nature of counseling in terms of both opportunities and constraints. How can social workers integrate the counseling dimension of the job with other roles expected of them? What training, supervision and support do they need? How do they collaborate with other professions? Above all, how do they effectively deal with people's private troubles, subjective feelings and disrupted relationships (the traditional concern of counseling), whilst simultaneously fulfilling statutory requirements and involving themselves in the contentious politics of social provision? A disturbing situation is revealed, in which such role conflicts, coupled with media pressure and policy changes, are undermining the professional competence and confidence of social workers, thus depriving the most needy people of help.
A fresh understanding of insights from counseling is seen as providing a partial answer to this serious state of affairs.
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"I recommend the book to all those whose work is at the interface of social work and counselling. I hope that social work trainers will read it and heed its plea. It is very readable and thought-provoking." - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling"Judith Brearley's new work is another welcome addition to the Counselling in Context series." -Community Care "...a useful book, which offers rather more than the title suggests." - Self and Society