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Harnessing the inspiration available from the arts and the imagination brings to life sensitive and effective social work practice. Workers feel most satisfied while service users and communities are more likely to benefit when creative thinking can be applied to practice dilemmas. Drawing on contributions from Canada, England and Utrecht this book illustrates the transforming effect of creatively applied thinking to social problems. The first part of the book considers how use of the self can be enhanced by analytic reflection and application to difficulties facing individuals and communities. The second part shows psychodynamic theory to be a valuable aid when thinking about issues faced by social workers facing threats and accusations, therapeutic work with children and restorative youth justice. The third part of the book considers the implications of working with the arts in community settings - an ex-mining community in North West England, the Tate Gallery in London and the 'cultural capital' of Liverpool. Taken as a whole these chapters combine to inspire and provoke thought of how the arts and the imagination can be used creativity to help service users confronted by problems with living and the workers who attempt to get alongside them to think about these. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415465083
ISBN-10: 0415465087
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 174mm x 20mm)
Pages: 172
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Prue Chamberlayne

Prue Chamberlayne is Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. She has used biographical methods in a range of research and policy settings, and enjoys creative activities such as poetry and drawing. Martin Smith is the Practitioner-Manager of the Buckinghamshire Social Services Out of Hours Emergency Team. He is particularly interested in researching and writing about social workers' experiences of stress and fear.

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