Crisis intervention and task-centred practice continue to be important in social work because they offer brief, structured models of intervention which address clearly definable problems that will respond to active efforts to resolve them. This focus on the shared principles of defined positive aims and action sequences makes them easy to grasp and apply. By giving priority to the main issues that clients have identified for themselves, these models of practice respect clients and engage their commitment, which is important for the professional working alliance and the shared value principles of human rights discussed in Chapter 1 (see Figure 1.7). There is an evidence base for their efficacy, especially in task-centred practice, and overall both models are practical and easy to justify in busy social agencies.
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