Exploring the value base of people work involves travelling in areas that may seem familiar. But values can be eroded by pressure and anxiety. So new insights can reinforce integrity and re-energise commitment.
Surveying relevant theory helps us to consider the impact that our own values have had on our own individual and professional journeys. Moving from theory into practice, we are guided by the framework of mental health's Ten Essential Capabilities. Those familiar with them, and those new to them, will see their far-reaching effects into the practice of all people-work professionals, and on issues of discrimination and oppression in our work.
Numerous exercises for individual or group use, plus recommendations for further reading and websites, help you along your own journey towards the goal of best practice.
Values is part of the Theory into Practice Series (Series Editor: Neil Thompson). Each book in the Series can be read either as a general overview of particular areas of theory and practice, or as a foundation for further study.
Prologue. The Theory Base Touching base. Who am I? Overview. Values in Practice Introduction. Working in partnership. Respecting diversity. Practising ethically. Promoting recovery. Needs and strengths. User-centred care. Making a Difference. Safety and risk. Discrimination and Oppression Introduction. Mirror, mirror. Postscript. Guide to Further Learning References. Index.
About the authors
Bernard Moss is Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality and the convenor of the Centre for Health and Spirituality at Staffordshire University.