Social work and human service practice

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O’Connor, I, Wilson, J, Setterlund, D & Hughes, M 2008, Social work and human service practice, 5th edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW. ISBN: 9781741039061


The changing context of social work and human service practice means that now more than ever we need critical and reflexive practitioners who are able to work purposefully and strategically to effect change. It is a challenging environment but it is also an exciting one. There are new opportunities for forging links between different professional and occupational groups to pursue social justice and quality practice with individuals, groups and communities.

Social Work and Human Service Practice 5th Edition continues to contribute to the development of educated, committed and socially aware practitioners. The authors continue to emphasise the purposeful nature of social work and human service practice, and the need for a critical stance in analysing and responding to individual, group and community issues.