This chapter will introduce the rationale behind this book and how it is designed to help social workers and social work students to use psychological knowledge to best inform their interactions with children and families. The need for psychological knowledge in a social work culture, where targets and budgets have dominated for some years, is all the more crucial. Practical tasks, reflective points and case studies will be used throughout the book and all are taken from real-life examples designed to bring psychological theory and knowledge alive. The hypothetical caseload of an imaginary student social worker, Helen, will be used throughout to parallel the likely challenges found with present- day social worker caseloads.
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- The relevance of child and adolescent psychology to social work
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