Exploring the value base of people work involves travelling in areas that may seem familiar. But values can be eroded by pressure and anxiety. So new insights can reinforce integrity and reenergise commitment. Surveying relevant theory helps us to consider the impact that our own values have had on our own individual and professional journeys. Moving from theory into practice, we are guided by the framework of mental health's Ten Essential Capabilities. Those familiar with them, and those new to them, will see their far-reaching effects into the practice of all people-work professionals, and on issues of discrimination and oppression in our work. Numerous exercises for individual or group use, plus recommendations for further reading and websites, help you along your own journey towards the goal of best practice. "Values" is part of the "Theory into Practice" series (Series Editor: Neil Thompson). Each book in the Series can be read either as a general overview of particular areas of theory and practice, or as a foundation for further study.