Applied Psychology for Social Work by Ewan Ingleby

By Ewan Ingleby

Psychology is a crucial a part of the social paintings syllabus, often studied as a separate module within the first yr, but in addition built-in in the educational curriculum. This absolutely up-to-date variation may also help scholars comprehend the strategies of psychology and observe them to their very own perform. It indicates that, for social staff, it can be crucial for psychology to be studied within the contexts of social care, because it deals strength motives of advanced elements of human behaviour and development.

An evaluation of the major mental methods is given and the writer demonstrates how those might be utilized to social paintings perform.

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This may mean that a perspective that focuses upon what happens after a stimulus but before a response is dealing with part of the picture, but not the whole picture of human thought. A further criticism of cognitive therapy is that the serviceuser’s problem behaviours or thoughts are always changed to those that the therapist sees as being acceptable. Malim and Birch (1998, p801) question whether it can always be the case that the therapist has the correct perspective on the world and that the service-user’s cognitive outlook is in need of total change.

39 Chapter 3 Attitudes and beliefs What are attitudes and how can they be measured? The term ‘attitude’ has been defined in a variety of ways in formal psychological studies. A definition that has been popularised is that an attitude is a mental and neural state of readiness organised through experience, exerting a directive and dynamic influence upon the individual’s response to all objects and situations with which it is related (Allport, 1935, p810). Put simply, this means that attitudes are states of mind that affect behaviour and appearance.

My supervisor was very experienced but said to me that if things began to get ‘out of hand’ there was a panic button at the top of the stairs. This unsettled me and when I was introduced to one of the service-users called Anthony, I stared at him and gazed into his eyes. I could do nothing other than stand and stare in an awkward fashion. The two service-users had a cup of tea and then suddenly one of them had a very aggressive outburst seizing my supervisor by the hair. I didn’t know what to do and froze.

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