Constructing Clienthood in Social Work and Human Services

Constructing Clienthood in Social Work and Human Services

Interaction, Identities, and Practices

eBook - 2003
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Jessica Kingsley Pub
This innovative book explores social work, therapy and counselling as a series of encounters - between clients and human services professionals, social workers, their colleagues and other professionals, and more widely between citizens and the state. Providing a variety of social constructionist perspectives on the idea of the 'client', it presents in-depth discussion of the roles, language and contexts of meetings between social workers and their clients.International contributors present discussion on categorization, analysing identities and reflexive practice. Drawing data from a variety of sources, including meetings, client files and transcribed dialogues with clients, the book employs methods such as conversation and discourse analysis to propose new insights into what it means to be a client of the human services agency.Bringing together a rich variety of data, this volume forms an important contribution to major debates on the nature of social work and counselling. As well as innovative approaches to theory and research, the implications for practice in social work and counselling are discussed. Challenging previously-held notions about clienthood, this book is a useful and thought-provoking resource for social workers, counsellors, policy makers, academics, researchers and students and trainers in social work and counselling.

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This text evolved from a 1997 conference organized by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, in Tampere, Finland, and two subsequent seminars held in 2001 in Tampere and Huddersfield, UK. Nineteen academics, researchers, and practitioners from Europe, Australia, and the U.S. contribute 14 chapters on clienthood construction in different human service contexts. Coverage includes the creation and re-creation of client identities in interview situations and other institutional practices; institutional dialogue in worker-client and professional-professional talk; the formation of professional or organizational frameworks, ideologies and conceptualization in social work practices; and the implications of such constructions. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; New York : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003
ISBN: 9781417501076
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 p.)
Additional Contributors: Hall, Christopher Ph. D


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