The Harveys and Other Stories

Invitations to curiosity - Stories for social work education and reflective practice

By: Innovative Resources

The Harveys and Other Stories

In these insightful short stories, inspired by her experiences as a social worker in rural Australia, Jennifer Lehmann captures the complex ways in which we negotiate our personal and professional responses to clients, colleagues and human service practice.

This set of eight stories can be read simply for pleasure. But the stories also offer a teaching tool for use with students in the fields of social work, social policy, health, education, justice and psychology. Teachers or supervisors can use the stories to direct reflection on particular topics. For instance, some of the roles and challenges of child protection work are powerfully presented in the stories The Deciding Factor andWith the Best of Intent. The stories can be used to tease out values, applied theories and sources of influence, as well as encouraging self-awareness and empathy.

Covering subject matter that encompasses human development, social diversity and issues of deviance and disadvantage, these uniquely Australian stories can be used to explore the influence of social structures, policy, organisational realities, and the dynamics within families, friendships, workplaces and the local community.

The Harveys and Other Stories includes notes on reflective learning, questions for each story and prompts for individual consideration or group discussion. Used by social work educators in universities across the country, this engaging collection of stories offers equally stimulating reading for students and the professional with years of experience in the field. 

Paperback, 140mm x 210mm, 126 pages 

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