Meaning and values: developing empowering practice
A learning and development manual
By Bernard Moss and Neil Thompson
9781905541317

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For use - across the helping professions - both in professional training and in academic teaching that goes beyond simply delivering lectures... the 36 exercises, guidance on using them, case studies and suggestions for further learning in this manual will help stimulate discussion, debate and understanding about:
  • How values - sometimes personal, sometimes shared - are central to our lives, and the people we work with.
  • How these values help us make sense of our experiences and create meaning in our lives.
  • How an understanding of spirituality, religion and culture can illuminate and deepen our meaning making, at both an individual and a wider level.
  • How, nevertheless, the power that other people have over us can sometimes undermine our values and meaning making, and make us feel we have little or no control over our lives.
  • How the 'helping professions' can work in an empowering way with people who feel demoralised, helpless and oppressed in ways that respect their values and sense of meaning.

  • This Learning for Practice manual is closely linked to: Religion & Spirituality and Values, both by Bernard Moss, and Power & Empowerment by Neil Thompson. All are available from www.russellhouse.co.uk. Learning for Practice is a collection of manuals, being developed under Neil Thompson's guidance, to support training and teaching across the helping professions. They will ensure that practice is informed by appropriate understanding of accessible theory and professional knowledge.

    With a wealth of experience, and expertise in promoting learning these authors provide important insights, ideas and guidance that will be of great benefit in delivering high-quality learning and development events. Experienced tutors and trainers will be able to engage immediately with the materials, but there is sufficient guidance provided to enable those with less experience to use the exercises effectively with appropriate support.

    This practice manual will help leaders or trainers revisit the territory of values and their importance for professional people work practice, and will help them facilitate this important learning for those they are supervising or training. It will also stress how the trainers' own values come through in the training, and put emphasis on a spirit of shared exploration and honest enquiry, where both trainer and trainee are open to having their own values challenged and developed in the process. It promotes this as the style of learning most likely to succeed in placing values-based practice at the heart of all people work, and all of the education and training that seeks to support it.

    Each section of the book's three sections contains an introduction; twelve main exercises, with guidance notes; a case study; a conclusion; and a guide to further learning.

    A4 wiro. 120 pages. Piblished 2008. 978-1-905541-31-7. £29.95


    READERSHIP

    Trainers, tutors, leaders, managers and supervisors:
  • those working or teaching in the helping professions of social work and social care; nursing and other health care professions; probation, community justice and youth justice work; youth and community work; counselling; advice work; and pastoral work.
  • those working in any other professions when help is sought with the 'people skills' of management, leadership and supervision.


  • CONTENTS

    Preface
    Introduction
    The importance of values
    Introduction: Understanding values
    Exercises
    Conclusion
    Guide to further learning: values
    Finding meaning in life and work
    Introduction: understanding religion and spirituality
    Exercises
    Conclusion
    Guide to further learning: spirituality
    Promoting empowerment
    Introduction: understanding empowerment
    Exercises
    Conclusion
    Guide to further learning: empowerment
    Conclusion
    References


    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Bernard Moss
    is Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality, and Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Health, at Staffordshire University. His recent publications include Values (RHP 2007) and Religion and Spirituality (RHP 2005).

    Neil Thompson is Professor of Social Work and Well-being at Liverpool Hope University, where he is Director of the Institute for Applied Social Sciences, and a Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd (www.avenueconsulting.co.uk), a company offering training and consultancy across the 'people professions' - that is, the helping professions plus management, supervision and leadership more broadly. He has over 100 publications to his name, including best-selling textbooks, papers in learned journals and training and open learning materials.

    REVIEWS

    "The exercises are easily understood. This practice manual will help leaders or trainers revisit the subject of values and their importance for work practice, and will help them facilitate this important learning for those they are supervising or training. The resource also stresses how the trainers' own values come through in their training, and puts emphasis on an approach of shared exploration and honest enquiry, where both trainer and trainee are open to having their own values challenged and developed in the process. The book promotes this as the style of learning most likely to succeed in placing values-based practice at the heart of all people work, and all education and training that seeks to support it." Addiction Today.


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