Working with adults: values into practice
A learning and development manual
By Jackie Martin and Sue Thompson
9781905541393

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'People work' with vulnerable, disempowered and marginalised adults requires sensitivity towards service users and an awareness of how they can be discriminated against. This valuable resource can be used by anyone who wants to promote informed practice by putting these and other crucial values into practice.

Using it with practitioners can help them to critically evaluate their work and to explore the extent to which their own practice, and the practices of their organisations, reflect a commitment to:
  • Working collaboratively with service users
  • Challenging discrimination at all levels
  • Valuing diversity
  • Promoting service users' rights, including the right to take risks.

  • Using it with students can help them to prepare for practice by reflecting on why values are important and how they inform practice.

    The 56 user-friendly exercises can be used together or individually and come with guidance on their use. The accompanying photocopiable worksheets and case studies can also be obtained in PDF format by anyone who registers their purchase with the publisher. Presented in 12 sections, they cover: promoting dignity; working in partnership with service users and carers; legal and moral issues; listening skills; rights and risks; assessment; continuous professional development and staff care; power and empowerment; discrimination; vulnerability; language sensitivity; workplace culture.

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

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

    This Learning for Practice training manual is closely linked to three books in the Theory into Practice series: Age Discrimination by Sue Thompson; Community Care by Neil Thompson and Sue Thompson; and Safeguarding Adults by Jackie Martin. All are available from www.russellhouse.co.uk. The manual stands alone, but reading these books reinforces its messages, and they also act as a gateway to further learning.

    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 wilI all help trainers to enrich the learning experiences and promote best practice among practitioners, ensuring that practice is underpinned by understanding of accessible theory and professional knowledge.

    A4 wiro. 184 pages. Published 2008. 978-1-905541-39-3. £49.95.


    READERSHIP

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


  • ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Jackie Martin
    is a Principal Lecturer at De Montfort University, Leicester, and teaches on the BA (Hons) in Social Work, as well as being the Programme Leader for the Post Qualifying Specialist Award in Social Work with Adults. She has worked in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors. Her qualified social work experience is in working with learning disabled adults as a social worker, Adult Placement Team Co-ordinator and as a Team Manager of a Community Disability Team. She is the author of Safeguarding Adults (RHP 2007).

    Sue Thompson has worked with adults as both a nurse and a social worker. She is a qualified practice teacher and has provided mentoring services to workers in two voluntary sector organisations. She is a Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd (www.avenueconsulting.co.uk) - a company offering training and consultancy around workplace well-being issues. She is the author of From Where I'm Sitting (RHP, 2002 - a training manual relating to the care of older adults), Age Discrimination (RHP, 2005) and co-author with Neil Thompson of Community Care (RHP, 2005), The Social Work Companion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and The Critically Reflective Practitioner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).


    CONTENTS

    About Learning for Practice
    About this manual
    The series editor
    The authors
    Preface
    Photocopying permission and electronic supply of worksheets and case studies
    Introduction
    Exercises: general

    Promoting dignity
    Working in partnership with service users and carers
    Legal and moral issues
    Listening skills
    Rights and risks
    Assessment
    Continuous professional development and staff care
    Exercises: discrimination and oppression
    Power and empowerment
    Discrimination
    Vulnerability
    Language sensitivity
    Workplace culture
    Conclusion
    References
    Worksheets and case studies


    REVIEW

    "The value of this manual lies in its accessibility, scope and adaptability. It could as easily be of use in a further education setting as it would in a team meeting environment to help aid staff development. There is also a clear copyright statement setting out the terms and conditions for making copies the worksheets. All in all, it is a very good resource." Rostrum


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