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Best practice in social work interviewing: processes of negotiation and assessment

Cooper, Barry (2008). Best practice in social work interviewing: processes of negotiation and assessment. In: Jones, Karen; Cooper, Barry and Ferguson, Harry eds. Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 109–124.

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In opening the second section of the book, this chapter continues with the interview between Sally and Adam from chapter 5 and, through a shift of focus, illustrates this continuity of practice and theory. The constructive perspectives of engagement and relationship building continue to be in evidence in this second part of the interview. In building upon these constructive ideas, the chapter has two broad aims. Firstly, to offer an illustration of how processes of negotiation and assessment can be seen to underpin skilled social work interventions. The second aim is to use this focus upon negotiative processes to explore key debates about how assessment in social work needs to be understood as part of complex interpersonal processes but has become increasingly characterised as ‘end product’ through frameworks and formats.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2008 Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1-4039-8501-4, 978-1-4039-8501-9
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Item ID: 23078
Depositing User: Barry Cooper
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 09:29
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 15:44
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