In reading this book, you will already have decided that social work is of interest to you as a career and profession; or you may be engaged within an undergraduate or postgraduate social work course. In writing this book, we hope to provide for you a foundation in social work education and professional practice. Students and practitioners often feel that social work can only be learned from direct practice, through working within a front-line social work service. There is a kernel of truth in this position. However, social work requires more than just doing; it is more than a technical activity. We as social workers operate in a complex environment, with challenging social presentations.
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