Launch of ‘Evidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice’

Published: Wednesday 12th November 2014

Released in November, ‘Evidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice’ is a ground-breaking book which overviews the nature of evidence-based interventions and their application to social work practice.

Several Australian Catholic University (ACU) staff and colleagues from other institutions attended the book launch held at ACU Strathfield Campus on November 10 2014.

Edited by Margaret Pack, Associate Professor of Social Work and Deputy Head, School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, ACU, and Justin Cargill, Subject Librarian, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the book is part of the Advances in Human Services and Public Health (AHSPH) book series.

Social workers play a crucial part in contemporary society by ensuring that individuals are able to address, overcome, and manage obstacles in their daily lives. In an effort to better serve their clients, many practitioners have turned to evidence-based practice.

International publisher IGI Global has commented on the book as “an invaluable reference that provides practitioners with the tools necessary to locate, analyse, and apply the latest empirical research findings in the field to their individual practice… providing insights and support to professionals and researchers working in the fields of social work, counselling, psychotherapy, case management, and psychology.”

Margaret Pack’s research interests include trauma and stress, theories of clinician self-care, and social workers’ theories for practice. Justin Cargill works closely with staff and students providing teaching, learning, and research support, including research consultancy services and training in literature searching and research skills.

“The book is cutting edge in its range and depth of applications and will make a much needed and valuable contribution to social work.”
Professor Stephen A.Webb, PhD, Department of Health and Community Sciences Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK

“This innovative volume promises to advance debates along with the strategic infusion of evidence-based practices into social work.”
Professor Katherine Briar-Lawson, PhD, MSW, Dean, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York, USA

“The editors have done an outstanding job in enlisting the expertise of top academics and practitioners from disparate fields.”
Professor Tony Ward, PhD, MA(Hons), DipClinicPsyc, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

The book will be launched in New Zealand on December 10 2014.