This course has introduced you to some important and challenging ideas in social work theory and practice. We have developed the ideas of critical practice to demonstrate, through a constructive approach, that social work theory and practice are closely interlinked.
In a close examination of an interaction, theoretical perspectives can be ‘pulled’ from an analysis of ‘talk’ or the communication and language used in a social work interview, as the reading by Cooper (2008) illustrated. The quality of this communication is often dependent on the quality of the working relationship, as clearly illustrated in the first part of Sarah's story and the discussion with the participants. The audio discussion explored some of the wider complexities that emerge from this ongoing dynamic between professional power and social work values which emphasise power sharing through the involvement and participation of people in decision making.