Professional Communication Skills in Social Work

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Social Work Communication Skills focuses on helping students learn essential communication skills in order to work effectively as a professional social worker. It includes hands-on individual and group exercises that serve to enhance students’ understanding of the importance of professional communication skills in the field of social work.   

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Professional Communication Skills in Social Work

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By: Nancy Sidell (Mansfield University)

Denise Smiley


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Professional Communication Skills in Social Work teaches students the essential communication skills they will need as they enter into the profession of social work.  It includes hands-on individual and group exercises that encourage students to immediately apply the skills they are learning.     




  • Comprehensive overview of professional communication skills.
  • Communication in practice settings (including verbal and non-verbal communication), professional documentation styles, and communication in consultation and supervision
  • Communicating about oneself via a professional resume and job interview as well as communicating about new knowledge, such as communicating about research results
  • Individual and group exercises /applications to assist students in understanding and learning various communication skills pertinent to the social work field.
  • Clear and concise content that includes hands-on practice exercises.
  • Tables summarizing the important concepts in each chapter.     



What the reviewers are saying...

 “The authors write in an organized and logical way making the material very accessible and understandable for students.  I’m certain that my students would find the textbook very readable.”

                        ----Arturo Acosta, University of Texas at El Paso



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About the Author:

  • Dr. Sidell has 10 years full time experience teaching baccalaureate social work students at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania. She is currently the BSW program director and chair of the department of Social Work, Anthropology and Sociology. Her practice experience includes health care, mental health and administration. She is the author of several journal articles related to her research interests, which include rural social work practice issues, gerontology and teaching methodology.   She serves as a site team visitor for the Council on Social Work Education and writes BSW examination items for the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Denise Smiley has 3 years experience teaching associate level human service students at Lackawanna College, Pennsylvania.  She is currently a Sociology and Developmental Psychology Instructor.  Her practice experiences include mental health and supplemental instruction/assistance of various sociology courses.  Her research interests include single-parent home structure and functioning, education, poverty, social services and criminal behavior.  She currently is an active member of a local poverty task force in the area in which she resides. 

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Nancy Sidell, Denise Smiley
Published by Pearson (2007)
ISBN 10: 0205524214 ISBN 13: 9780205524211
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