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Continuing professional development in social work$
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Carmel Halton, Fred Powell, and Margaret Scanlon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307372

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307372.001.0001

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Thinking and acting

Thinking and acting

(p.155) Seven Thinking and acting
Continuing professional development in social work

Carmel Halton

Fred Powell

Margaret Scanlon

Policy Press

In this chapter we seek to address issues of what CPD should be about by mapping the contours of contemporary social work and analysing debates about: critical theory and social work; the ‘Big Society’; marketization and managerialism; trust and risk; and possibilities for change. These debates, it is argued, need to be incorporated into a social work educational curriculum that analyses the relationship between thinking and acting. The authors contend that the challenges for social work, posed by contemporary reality, are challenges for social work education. These challenges, in their view, ought to be addressed in the CPD curricula because they shape epistemology. They suggest a Freirean approach as a critical epistemology that rejects intellectual pessimism and envisages a critical theory of action.

Keywords:   Critical theory, ‘Big Society’, Freire, Risk and trust, Managerialism and marketisation

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