Preventive therapy and resilience promotion: an evaluation of social work led skills development group work

Sheppard, Michael and Clibbens, John (2015) Preventive therapy and resilience promotion: an evaluation of social work led skills development group work. Child & Family Social Work, 20 (3). pp. 288-299. ISSN 13567500

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Abstract

Concerns have been expressed for some time about a decline in emphasis on therapeutic work in social work, notably articulated in the Munro Review. Further concerns have been expressed, in child care that social workers have increasingly had to focus on child protection work rather than earlier stages of prevention. However, there remain opportunities for social workers through the development of new programmes. One development has been that of Behaviour and Education Support Teams: multi professional teams, containing as a key element social workers, and encouraging novel practices designed to help emotional stability and improved behaviour and education performance. This study reports on an evaluation of a social worker delivered school based social skills programme which can contribute to the important area of resilience. This showed significant and sustained improvements in prosocial behaviour and friendships. The implications of this for the therapeutic potential and professional role of social work are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L500 Social Work
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: John Clibbens
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 09:57
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 03:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4148

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