Psychology for social work…a daunting endeavour given the range of issues and topics that social workers need knowledge of and deal with. Psychology has breadth and depth too; similar to social work, it is concerned with the human experience. Psychology endeavours to understand human thinking, emotions and behaviour, historically looking to ‘intrapsychic’ processes (within the individual). The roots of social work lie in recognition of social injustice and its impact on peoples’ life experiences. Recently, psychology has given greater acknowledgment to external forces and their influence. Social work continues to embrace psychological theories and research to augment their knowledge. This book attempts to introduce theories, concepts and research from psychology relevant to social work. The reader is encouraged to engage critically and to consider how psychology and its tenets might be applied to social work and its practice.
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