Mastering Communication in Social Work. From Understanding to Doing


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Communication skills are fundamental to effective social work practice. Accessible and easy-to-read, Mastering Communication in Social Work is designed to help you develop these essential skills. It explores the basics of how communication works, the factors that influence how effectively you attend to and convey information, and how you can improve your communication. Particular attention is given to the challenges posed by difficult clients and the cultural dimensions of communication. Gast and Bailey put forward a reflective model for practice designed help you break bad habits and develop a wider repertoire of communication behaviours. Practice vignettes and exercises for the reader are included throughout. This book is essential reading for social work students, practitioners, managers, practice teachers and assessors, and trainers, as well as those in allied professions.


  • Introduction.
  • 1. The Principles of Social Work Communication.
  • 2. How Communication Works.
  • 3. Diversity in Communication.
  • 4. Communication where there is resistance or reluctance.
  • 5. ‘Doing’ communication: a new approach to changing how we improve practice.
  • References. Index.

Author Bio:

Martin Bailey


“This engaging text provides qualifying and post qualifying social work students with an illuminating framework for developing and sustaining effective communication skills for social work practice” – Professor Gillian Ruch, Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex.