Social Work: Contexts and Practice is a comprehensive introduction to the field of social work. Now in its third edition, it continues to speak to both Australia and Aotearoa, addressing common trans-Tasman concerns while at the same time responding to the unique experiences of social work within each country. There is a vibrant interplay of trans-Tasman perspectives and practices while at the same time recognising the relevance of your own national and cultural environment. The book is divided into three broad sections. Part 1 explores the context of practice and the broad-ranging influences that shape the profession, particularly its vision and development. New to this section is a chapter on 'Spirituality in Social Work', as well as content on working with asylum seekers. Part 2 considers the diverse fields of practice in which social workers find employment, some of which include mental health, disability, older people and child welfare. New to this section is a chapter on 'Youth Health, Mental Health and Well-being', and 'Social Work in the Context of Climate Change and Disasters'. Part 3 looks at the professional issues in social work practice, such as research, occupational stress, supervision practices and the law.
Marie Connolly is Professor and Head of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She has been at Melbourne for two years following a five-year senior executive appointment within the New Zealand government as Chief Social Worker. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor and Head of Department at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has a social work background in statutory child welfare. Louise Harms is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Department of Social Work, the University of Melbourne. She worked as a social worker in direct practice for nine years in hospital and educational settings, before moving into social work teaching and research in 2001. Her research interests are in the areas of trauma, loss and resilience, human development and communication skills, primarily in health settings.