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Effective Communication: A Guide for the People Professions

Neil Thompson

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06 May 2011
Communication studies; Society & Social Sciences; Social welfare & social services
This new edition of an essential text offers a clear and informative introduction to the subtleties and practical complexities of communication. Drawing on a wide-ranging theory base from across the social sciences, it demonstrates how key ideas from a number of disciplines provide a sound foundation for informed and sensitive practice. This edition includes:

A consistent focus on the importance of communication within inter-professional and multidisciplinary contexts;

New chapters on communication within specific settings, such as working with children and with groups;

New discussion of potential difficulties in communication - for example, as a result of disability issues or the challenges of intercultural communication;

A broad range of learning resources, such as activities, 'points to ponder' and 'voice of experience' comments, reflecting practitioners' real-world experience.

With its clear practice focus and emphasis on reflection throughout, this is a key text for both students and practitioners across the people professions.
By:   Neil Thompson
Imprint:   Palgrave
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd ed. 2011
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   441g
ISBN:   9780230243507
ISBN 10:   0230243509
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   06 May 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Replaced By:   9781352002225
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I: THEORY.- Understanding Communication.- Understanding Language.- The Written Word.- Speech and Conversation.- Context and Meaning.- Part II: PRACTICE.- Interpersonal Encounters.- Communicating with Children and Young People.- Working with Groups.- Communication Difficulties.- Putting it in Writing.- Managing Communication.- Conclusion

NEIL THOMPSON a highly respected writer, teacher and adviser, with over 33 years experience in the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, and is now a sought-after trainer, consultant and conference speaker. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two online communities (Well-being Zone: and Social Work Focus: His personal website is at

Reviews for Effective Communication: A Guide for the People Professions

Praise for the first edition: This textbook...explores the many theories developed to account for communication and language, and, using traditional resources or expressions along with contemporary ones, moves from the review of theories to the implications of all this on the contemporary scene. - Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gilbert, BCC. The World Pastoral Care Center, Resources Hotline

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