Modern Social Work Theory, Fifth Edition provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the main practice theories that will act as a companion for students throughout their course and their career as a practitioner. In this substantially reworked and updated edition of his best-selling text, Malcolm Payne presents clear and concise evaluations of the pros and cons of major theories that inform social work practice and comparisons between them.
Malcolm Payne holds honorary professorial posts with Manchester Metropolitan University, where he was for many years professor and head of Applied Community Studies, and Kingston University London, UK. He worked as a social worker and manager in probation, child and adult social care, and in community mental health and residential care development work in local and national voluntary organizations. Most recently he was director of psychosocial and spiritual care and policy and development advisor for St Christopher's Hospice, London. He has also worked in social work education in the UK, Finland, Poland, and Slovakia. His publications include articles and papers on practice and theory in social work, on teamwork in interprofessional practice, and on practice and research in end-of-life care. Among his other books are Humanistic Social Work, What is Professional Social Work?, Citizenship Social Work with Older People, and (edited with Emma Reith-Hall) The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory (2019).