Humanistic Social Work: Core Principles in Practice

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In this exciting new book, Malcolm Payne draws on core principles of social work to articulate a new humanistic practice for the 21st century. Humanistic Social Work: Core Principles in Practice presents a profession that aims at positive fulfillment in social relationships rather than social control and individualized problem-solving. While these ideas are inherent in much social work writing, this is the first time they have been brought together as the basis for practice.

Showing how practitioners embody flexible, skilled, and knowledge-based responses to the complexities of human individuality within an empowered social context, Payne reconstructs the aims of social work as accountability to clients individual self-fulfillment enabled by community and social development. Emphasizing human rights, he identifies social justice and equality as social work objectives and draws together humanistic approaches to the debate about evidence-based practices.

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Malcolm Payne is a policy and development adviser to St. Christopher s Hospice, London and visiting professor, Opole University, Poland. During his forty-year career in social work, he has worked with families as well as mentally ill, criminally charged, and unemployed persons. He is extensively involved with international social work and has served as a government consultant on numerous occasions. His main publications include Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care (2009), Globalization and International Social Work (2008), Creative Arts in Palliative Care (2008), What Is Professional Social Work? (second edition, 2006), Modern Social Work Theory (third edition, 2005), The Origins of Social Work: Continuity and Change (2005), and Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care (2000).

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