Introduction to Social Work Theories

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by theory;
  • Justify the place of theory in your understanding and practice of social work;
  • Understand how social work theories may draw differently on the past, the present and the future of the client or service user;
  • Appreciate how social work operates at different levels, of work with individuals, groups, families, communities and society;
  • Explain how social workers practice in partnership with other professionals and with adult services users, children and families;
  • Grasp how social workers exercise non-statutory expertise and statutory powers when intervening in peoples lives;
  • Understand how social workers develop reflective and critical practice;