· The practice scenarios cover a wide spectrum of care work environments including: residential child care; family resource centres; elder care; community child care; and homeless shelters.
· Innovative approach merges theory, skill and attitudes for an overall comprehensive method of best practice in the field
· Facilitates skills-based learning, while also preparing the student for working as part of a multidisciplinary team
· Students are encouraged to apply theories; to think critically; to be reflective in their work
· The text is useful in many contexts: a pedagogical tool for group-based work; professional practice preparation; debriefing; and project work
· Written for students of Applied Social Care at FETAC, degree and postgraduate level
· Also relevant to many other fields of study, including: social work; sociology; social policy; psychology; and healthcare courses.
Celesta McCann James PhD was President of the Irish Association of Social Care Educators (IASCE) and is Head of Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. Áine de Róiste PhD is a senior lecturer in Social Care at Cork Institute of Technology. She is a registered psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland and a member of IASCE. John McHugh MA is Co-ordinator of Social Studies at Carlow College (St Patrick’s) where, as Placement Co-ordinator, he compiled the Working Models placement guidelines booklets published by IASCE in 2000 and subsequently.