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Lavalette, M. (2011). Radical social work today: Social work at the crossroads
At the start of the twenty-first century social work finds itself at a crossroads. In Britain social work is shaped by managerialism and marketisation and social welfare services face retrenchment and substantial cuts. In this current climate the book examines the radical tradition to assert that ‘another social work is possible’ and assess its relevance for the movement today. It is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduates studying social work, as well as social work academics and researchers.
Harris, R. (2008). The Happiness trap
“An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I’m impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT.”–David Richo, PhD, author of “The Five Things We Cannot Change”
Gardner, F. (2006). Working with human service organisations
Details organizational theories to assist human service students and workers to reflect and act critically and creatively with their organisation.
Taylor, B. (2011). Working with aggression and resistance in social work
Social workers have roles that require them to engage with clients and families who may be reluctant clients , ambivalent or resistant towards those seeking to help and protect. This includes safeguarding roles in relation to children and vulnerable adults, and work to engage with marginalised groups such as young offenders and those with mental health and substance misuse problems.
Adler, R. (2012). Understanding human communication
For over three decades, this has been the best-selling text for the introduction to human communication course. This edition presents current research on many new topics including how we perceive strangers differently in mediated and face-to-face communication, how linguistic labels reflect cultural identity, the differences between conflicts online and in person, and the ways in which gender influences styles of conflict.
Segrin, C. & Flora, J. (2011). Family communication (2nd ed.)
Chapters include Introducing family communication and basic family processes — Defining family communication and family functioning — Theoretical perspectives on family communication — Family interaction patterns : norms and networks, routines and rituals, stories and secrets — Family interaction processes : power, decision making, and conflict — Communication in family subsystems — Courtship and mate selection — Marriage and intimate partnerships — Parent-child relationships — Sibling communication — Extended family communication — Communication during family stress — Models of family stress and coping — Normative and nonnormative family stressors — Divorce — Renegotiating family communication: remarriage and stepfamilies — Family interaction, health, and well-being — Family interaction and mental health — Family interaction and physical health — Family violence and abuse — Improving family communication and family relationships.