Book review of: Olive Stevenson, Reflections on a Life in Social Work –
A Personal and Professional Memoir (2013)
NOTE: This article is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Social
Work Practice, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2015, pp. 487-490.
Abstract: This paper explores the ‘use of self’ in social work and what is meant when referring to the concept of a ‘self’. It begins by looking at infant psychological development and theories that attempt to explain how, as human beings, our unique self is formed and what factors play a part in this process.
Abstract: This paper develops Professor Eileen Munro’s coverage of ‘emotional dimensions’ in her Review of Child Protection in England. It argues that managerialism has failed to recognise the importance of the emotional life of human beings and the importance of the relationships we build in social work and that this failure seriously hinders the quality and effectiveness of social work.
Abstract: All human beings have defences some of which are unconscious, that is, reactions that for the most part lie beyond our immediate awareness and control. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the important role that defences play in social work and to identify the knowledge and skills that are needed when working with anxieties that lead to defensive behaviour.
Abstract: This chapter looks at the ‘generalist versus specialist’ debate in social work education, primarily in relation to England, in order to highlight major changes taking place. However, some of the
difficulties identified, and the reforms proposed, are relevant to situations encountered in
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and also countries outside the United Kingdom.