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Theory and Practice

Theory & Practice:
A Straightforward Guide for Social Work Students

By Siobhan Maclean, Rob Harrison, Carmen D. Perillo and Patricia Martinez Cedeno

ISBN 13: 978-1-897160-66-4

Pub date: Jan 2012

Courses: Social Work | Social Work Theory | Social Work Practice

This new Canadian edition is written by four experienced
practice assessors and educators. They designed this guide to address the anxieties that many social work students have about social work theory and how it relates to practice.

In this resource you will find straightforward explanations of the major theories used in social work practice.
Each chapter contains questions, exercises and suggestions on further readings to help students explore how theory relates to their practice learning experiences.

Students and recent graduates offer tips and share their experiences to help us make links between theory and practice

About the Authors

Siobhan Maclean, BA CQSW PQSW and Director of Kirwin Maclean Associates Ltd., qualified as a social worker in 1990. She has worked in a variety of settings including children's services, learning disability services and mental health services. She has been a foster carer, an approved social worker and a practice teacher. Siobhan now manages Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited. She acts as a researcher, trainer and consultant for a range of social care and social work organisations. Siobhan is also the European Honorary Secretary for the International Federation of Social Workers.

Rob Harrison has worked in the voluntary sector since 1996. He completed his Practice Teaching Award in 2006 and has enjoyed acting as a Practice Assessor for students, both on and off site. Rob has a particular interest in social work and practice learning in voluntary organisations and children's services, and in making theory accessible and relevant for students and practice assessors.

Carmen D. Perillo is a Professor of Social Service Work at Centennial College where she has worked for the past 21 years and coordinated the SSW program for almost 11 years. She is currently working on the development of a Bachelor of Social Service Work of Child Welfare Degree for Centennial College. Carmen obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Her professional roles include being a clinical social worker, senior social worker, and she was the first non-medical team leader of a multi-disciplinary team for the Family Court Clinic at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Carmen also worked as a consultant, assessor, investigator and mediator for major law firms, as well as for different Child Welfare agencies across Ontario. She has extensive experience in individual, marital, family and group therapy, and has vast experience in doing assessments and treatment plans for children and adolescents. Carmen was a founding member of the College of Certified Social Workers and Interim Chair person for two years. Carmen has a strong commitment to child welfare and anti-racism work.

Patricia Martinez Cedeno is an instructor in the Social Work program at Centennial College.


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