Working with Aggression and Resistance in Social Work

Brian Taylor, Aisling Monds-Watson, Gerry Heery, Campbell Killick, James Marshall, Roger Manktelow, Trevor Lindsay, Mary McColgan, Geraldine Fleming

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Social workers have roles that require them to engage with clients and families who may be ‘reluctant clients’, ambivalent or resistant towards those seeking to help and protect. This includes safeguarding roles in relation to children and vulnerable adults, and work to engage with marginalised groups such as young offenders and those with mental health and substance misuse problems. This book contains a blend of practice and theory to assist the student social worker on qualifying training to prepare to work with clients, families, groups and communities that may be ambivalent, resitant, reluctant, aggressive or hostile. There are chapters that address issues in relation to the main client groups as well as chapters that take an overview of issues such as understanding and defusing aggressive behaviour and keeping yourself safe from assault. All chapters are illustrated with case examples, research summaries and activities to assist the reader in applying the material to practice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages158
ISBN (Electronic)978 0 85725 429 0
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameTransforming Social Work Practice

Bibliographical note

This book has been written by a team from Northern Ireland associated with Ulster University, and with wide experience of social work practice and training. The book is edited by Brian Taylor.


  • Social work
  • aggressive behaviour
  • resistance


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