Single session social work in hospitals

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Gibbons, Jill and Plath, Debbie. (2012) Single session social work in hospitals. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. 33(1), pp. 39 - 53. https://doi.org/10.1017/aft.2012.5
AuthorsGibbons, Jill and Plath, Debbie
Abstract

This paper reports on three complementary research studies that set out to examine the incidence and nature of single sessions in hospital social work practice. The first study was a data‐mining exercise that used statistics recorded by practitioners in nine public hospitals over a 12‐month period to establish the extent of single session work, the clinical areas in which it occurred, and the types of issues it covered. This quantitative information was enhanced with the qualitative findings of the two subsequent studies: the first with hospital social workers; and the second with singlesession clients. We concluded that single session work has not been sufficiently acknowledged in social work education and literature, and that it needs to become a more legitimate part of social work practice and training. At best, it represents social work at its highest level of skill, requiring expertise in quickly building rapport, assessment, and knowledge about sources of practical aid and information.

Keywordssocial work; health; hospitals; single session
Year2012
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Journal citation33 (1), pp. 39 - 53
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0814-723X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/aft.2012.5
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84866850812
Page range39 - 53
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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