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Humanistic Social Work

Core Principles in Practice

Malcolm Payne

Publication Date - 01 July 2011

ISBN: 9780190616069

238 pages
6 x 8.8 inches

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In this exciting new book, Malcolm Payne draws on core principles of social work to articulate a new humanistic practice for the twenty-first century. Humanistic Social Work: Core Principles in Practice presents a profession that aims at positive fulfillment in social relationships, exploring and reconciling artistic, creative, and spiritual avenues with evidence-based practice approaches and postmodernist understandings of human growth and knowledge development.

Showing how practitioners can embody flexible, skilled, and knowledge-based responses to the complexities of human individuality, Payne reorients the aims of social work as an accountability to clients' individual self-fulfillment, enabled by community and social development. Humanistic Social Work is a reaffirming treatise on the strengths rather than the deficits of the individual, the innovations rather than the imperfections of the social work profession.


  • Presents an approach to professional practice that focuses on positive fufillment in social relationships and exploring the integration of artistic, creative, and spiritual elements of fulfillment.
  • Implements evidence-based practice approaches and a postmodernist upnderstanding of growth and development

About the Author(s)

Malcolm Payne is a policy and development adviser to St. Christopher's Hospice, London and visiting professor, Opole University, Poland. During his forty-year career in social work, he has worked with families as well as mentally ill, criminally-charged, and unemployed persons. He is extensively involved with international social work and has served as a government consultant on numerous occasions. His main publications include Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care (2009), Globalization and International Social Work (2008), Creative Arts in Palliative Care (2008), What Is Professional Social Work? (second edition, 2006), Modern Social Work Theory (third edition, 2005), The Origins of Social Work: Continuity and Change (2005), and Teamwork in Multiprofessional Care (2000).

Table of Contents

    1 Humanity
    2 Accountability: Psychological Efficacy and Social Agency
    3 Achieving Personal and Social Equality
    4 Flexibility in Human Life and Professional Practice
    5 Complexity in Human Life and Professional Practice
    6 Achieving Caring and Creativity in Practice
    7 Developing Self and Spirituality in Practice
    8 Developing Security and Resilience in Practice
    9 Conclusion: Humanistic Practice Needs Developments in Research

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