Women and Social Work: Narrative Approaches by Judith Milner

Women and Social Work: Narrative Approaches by Judith Milner

By Judith Milner

Ladies and Social paintings bargains an cutting edge and empowering method of operating with girls in a social paintings surroundings. As so much social staff and repair clients are girls, the interconnections among care giving and care receiving are explored, emphasising how ladies 'do it differently'. The philosophy and rules of the method are tested when it comes to potent anti-oppressive perform within the fields of kid safety, baby care making plans, neighborhood care and girls operating with males. The textual content combines answer focussed and narrative techniques to illustrate how ladies social staff and repair clients can interact. This new technique offers popularity to the complexity of women's lives and relationships, and it highlights the validity of women's strategies. A wealthy number of case examples is drawn on during the textual content to indicate ways that girls staff and repair clients can re-author their lives and build their very own suggestions to daily difficulties. this crucial e-book places the speculation and perform of answer focussed and narrative methods into context for social staff by way of positioning it inside present realities of united kingdom perform.

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Mum expressed amazement at his truthful answers to the scaled questions – one of her big grumbles was that he would never admit to any misdemeanour – so I used the opportunity to compliment Mark and asked her what his good points were. She listed: doing jobs for people, bit helpful, bit kind, good with his hands, very creative, very imaginative, always on the go. I said that I was going to describe him and he must correct me if I get him wrong; he sounds like a specially talented person who has two parts; that perhaps frustration turns the talented person into the badly behaved one?

Separating the person from the problem via an externalising conversation relieves the pressures of blame, defensiveness and failure and frees up the person, and their family, to have a different relationship with the problem – one in which they can bring their resources to bear on the problem rather than the person. , 1997, p. 8). A simple way of externalising the problem is to give the problem a name of its own, one which reflects its unique qualities, and identify the parts of it which are most affecting the service user.

I attempt to find out what he was doing differently when she is not nagging but he is unable to tell me so I set a pretend task – pretend to be polite one day and do it for real the next, see if anyone notices any difference – but he doesn’t understand what I mean. He is also visibly tiring with the effort of concentrating for an hour so I summarise his progress and remind him of his tasks; to do more of the same to avoid rows – as agreed at the first session]. So, do you want to come back next week and tell me how you get on?

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