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How to manage resistance and have difficult conversations that make a difference

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Preface: This is a review of Motivational InterviewingContinue reading “How to manage resistance and have difficult conversations that make a difference”

How the world is healthier, happier, and wealthier than ever – and what that might mean for Social Work

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. Steven Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Now (2018) is theContinue reading “How the world is healthier, happier, and wealthier than ever – and what that might mean for Social Work”

Recording and Report Writing

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click the link and view it in full. I was recently granted the privilege of participatingContinue reading “Recording and Report Writing”

The Effects of Being in Care, Being Black and The Search for Belonging

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council (26.03.21) NOTE: If you are receiving this via e-mail it may be cut short by your e-mail programme and/or the graphics may be distorted. You may wish to click on the link and view it full. Introduction: I recently read a book recommendedContinue reading “The Effects of Being in Care, Being Black and The Search for Belonging”

We need to talk about resilience

By Rhian Taylor (19.02.21) Preface by Richard Devine. This guest blog is by Rhian Taylor, an experienced social worker with over 20 years experience. She has recently left academia after several years as a lecturer in Kent University to work in a specialist CAHMS team, where no doubt her thoughtful, kind-spirited and passionate commitment toContinue reading “We need to talk about resilience”

Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 2)

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (05.02.2021). Modern Man in Search of a Soul (1933) is apparently a great introduction to Carl Jung’s theories of analytical psychology. The book is broken down into eleven essays dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, spirituality, religion, and the unconscious. I don’tContinue reading “Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 2)”

Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 1)

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (22.01.2021). Modern Man in Search of a Soul is apparently a great introduction to Carl Jung’s theories of analytical psychology. The book is broken down into eleven essays dealing with topics of dream analysis, Freudian psychology, spirituality, religion, and the unconscious. I don’t claimContinue reading “Carl Jung: Modern Man in Search of Soul: 10 lessons (part 1)”

End of Year Review 2020

By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council (31.12.2020) Introduction:  As the year comes to a close, I have decided to write and share an end of year review. For the past few years, I have spent a few hours during the time in-between Christmas and New Years reflecting on whatContinue reading “End of Year Review 2020”

Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 3

By Richard Devine (18.12.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Introduction:  On 07th October 2020, we held a debate at Bath and North East Somerset Council between Brid Featherstone and Donald Forrester. This debate was inspired by an article each of them wrote for the COVID2020 online magazine. Very briefly, Forrester advocatedContinue reading “Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 3”

Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 2

By Richard Devine (16.12.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Introduction:  On 07th October 2020, we held a debate at Bath and North East Somerset Council between Brid Featherstone and Donald Forrester. This debate was inspired by an article each of them wrote for the COVID2020 online magazine. Very briefly, Forrester advocatedContinue reading “Forrester versus Featherstone: A debate Part 2”

Social Media and Social Work

By Richard Devine (02.10.20), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Preface: This is a review of ‘Social Media and Social Work: Implications and opportunities for practice’ edited by Claudia Megele and Peter Buzzi (2020).  Introduction:  ‘The fast evolving social and technological landscapes have transformed society and the understanding of ‘social’ and are rapidlyContinue reading “Social Media and Social Work”

10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 8, Some parents need long term support

By Richard Devine (09.09.2020) Lesson 8: Some parents need long term support Introduction:  This is the most recent lesson I have learned. If I would have read this blog during the first few years of being a social worker, I would have dismissed the idea as fanciful, unrealistic, and probably proposed by someone disconnected fromContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 years on the Frontline: 8, Some parents need long term support”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 7, Effective social work depends on effective time management

By Richard Devine (08.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council Lesson 7. Effective social work depends upon effective time management Introduction: Poor impulse control; easily activated fear system motivating avoidance of difficult tasks; and the inability to organize and structure my time according to a set of priorities are all issues thatContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 7, Effective social work depends on effective time management”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 5, The complexity of domestic abuse

By Richard Devine (04.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Originally I had intended to write a blog with 10 pithy lessons from my experience of being a social worker since I qualified in 2010. What I have done instead is write 10 lengthy (ish) lessons, each amounting to the equivalent ofContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 5, The complexity of domestic abuse”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 4, Parenting courses don’t work (!?)

By Richard Devine (03.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Originally I had intended to write a blog with 10 pithy lessons from my experience of being a social worker since I qualified in 2010. What I have done instead is write 10 lengthy (ish) lessons, each amounting to the equivalent ofContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 4, Parenting courses don’t work (!?)”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 2, ‘Yesterday’s Children’ are ‘todays mothers and fathers’

By Richard Devine (01.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council Originally I had intended to write a blog with 10 pithy lessons from my experience of being a social worker since I qualified in 2010. What I have done instead is write 10 lengthy (ish) lessons, each amounting to the equivalent ofContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 2, ‘Yesterday’s Children’ are ‘todays mothers and fathers’”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 3, Decision Making and Removing Children

By Richard Devine (02.09.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council. Originally I had intended to write a blog with 10 pithy lessons from my experience of being a social worker since I qualified in 2010. What I have done instead is write 10 lengthy (ish) lessons, each amounting to the equivalent ofContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 3, Decision Making and Removing Children”

10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 1, Relationships Matter

By Richard Devine (31.08.2020), Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset Council Originally I had intended to write a blog with 10 pithy lessons from my experience of being a social worker since I qualified in 2010. What I have done instead is write 10 lengthy (ish) lessons, each amounting to the equivalent ofContinue reading “10 Lessons from 10 Years on the Frontline: 1, Relationships Matter”

The problem with resilience

By Lys Eden (14.08.20) Preface by Richard Devine: This is a guest blog by Lys Clark, care experienced social work student. I found this to be a thoroughly captivating and thought provoking piece, in which the concept of resilience is explored. Lys lucidly and incisively articulates concern with the term. She persuasively argues that itContinue reading “The problem with resilience”

Book review of The Ecology of Human Development (1979) by Urie Bronfenbrenner

Subtitle; Picking Sides: Psychology versus Sociology in Social Work By Richard Devine, Social Worker for Bath and North East Somerset (31.07.20) Introduction: A challenge in social work is being taught both sociology and psychology. There can often be a tension between these two disciplines, with each making the case that the level of analysis inContinue reading “Book review of The Ecology of Human Development (1979) by Urie Bronfenbrenner”

Critical cause of concern and critical cause of change

By Richard Devine (17.07.20), Social Worker and Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES). Introduction: Too much support?  Frequently, I am overwhelmed by the variety and severity of problems that a parent or family is experiencing. Drug and/or alcohol use, domestic abuse, poor mental health alongside dire housing conditions, financial difficulties, and children with aContinue reading “Critical cause of concern and critical cause of change”

Book Review: Protecting Children: A Social Model by Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris and Sue White (2018)

By Richard Devine (05.06.20) Introduction:  Featherstone et al (2018) published this book just under 2 years ago. In my opinion, it constitutes one of the most important social work texts of the decade.  The ideas presented in the book seem more relevant and applicable now than ever, and I think should be at the forefrontContinue reading “Book Review: Protecting Children: A Social Model by Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta, Kate Morris and Sue White (2018)”

Book Review; Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

By Richard Devine (22.05.2020) Introduction  Erving Goffman’s 1956 book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life is considered one of the most important sociological texts of the twentieth century. His work is often a staple part of the social work curriculum. Goffman invokes language and imagery derived from theatre. This functions as an effective analogyContinue reading “Book Review; Erving Goffman’s Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”

Social Work and Relationships: the illusion of separateness

By Richard Devine (13.03.2020) I was reading a brilliant blog by Ruth Scotten (https://twitter.com/mummytiger1) from ‘Mummy Tiger Blogs’ on ‘Building connections not barriers in social work’ (https://mummytigerblogs.com/connecting-in-social-work/). In this blog Ruth wrote: It’s the relationships we build, not the boxes we fill in, that sees past the yell from the vulnerable young mum who saysContinue reading “Social Work and Relationships: the illusion of separateness”

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