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ISBN: 9780335245192
Division: Open University Press
Pub Date: MAY-12
Pages: 112

Edition: 01
Format: Paperback
Availability: In Stock

 

Working with Substance Users

Kim Heanue, Chris Lawton
(University of Huddersfield, Substance Misuse Manager)

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About the book

"This is an excellent resource for anyone working with families. The useful, concise guide to types of drugs, their uses, what they look like and what symptoms they cause is something to be referred to again and again. The book also provides important reminders to encourage those working with adult substance misusers and those working with the children of drug misusing parents to work together and understand each other's roles."
Jane Bee, Safeguarding Children Service, Gloucestershire, UK

"All Social Workers should have a copy of this book ... It has a clear layout and features useable information and practical advice, which you can dip in and out of as and when needed ... Having read this book, I certainly feel better equipped and more confident in being aware of the issues that may impact people, and being able to assess them and know where and who to refer onto people who could best help them."
Lucy Lenton, Social Worker for Adults with Learning Disabilities

"A well written and informative guide which will prove invaluable to the busy Social Worker. Easy to use and no need to read from cover to cover, just simply 'dip' into the chapter that is required, and I particularly like the 'Example from Practice' inserts."
Catherine Rhodes, Qualification Development Officer, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

"An essential read for anyone working with substance users or someone who just wants to learn more about the subject. Heanue and Lawton have created an excellent source for any social work practitioner. This book is a clear, easy read with boxes in each section to highlight key points, checklists and examples of practice."
Louisa Saunders, Newly Qualified Social Worker

"I am delighted to endorse Working with Substance Users - I have long been waiting for such a textbook to recommend to students embarking on placements in this vital area of practice. Heanue and Lawton have succeeded in providing information which is relevant and practical, without being patronising, and in highlighting the significant role which social workers can play in this area."
Dr Sue Taplin, Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham, UK


Social workers are often faced with issues of substance misuse, whether they work in children's services, adult services or mental health.

Part of a new Social Work Pocketbooks series, this book offers a practical guide for social workers to refer to on a day-to-day basis. Useful features include:
  • Real case examples
  • Reminder boxes and end of chapter checklists
  • Points of law
  • Handy reference guide to drugs and their effects
  • Example questions to ask service users to elicit the information you need to know
Written by authors with widespread experience in the profession, this pocketbook will assist students and social workers in:
  • Understanding drug and alcohol misuse
  • Assessing the risks
  • Recognising how and when to intervene
  • Liaising more effectively with drug treatment services

 

 

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