Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations

Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations

by Joan Berzoff
     
 

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Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with those whose problems are both psychological and social.  See more details below

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Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with those whose problems are both psychological and social.

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Journal of Teaching in Social Work
A rich, validating, and educative resource. It offers readers a comprehensive and holistic understanding of complex human challenges.Journal of Teaching in Social Work

— Melissa D. Grady, PhD, LCSW

Carol Tosone
If I could choose just one exemplary book to illustrate best clinical social work practices with clients at risk, it would surely be Falling Through the Cracks. This exceptional work successfully questions the commonly held notion that psychodynamic theory and treatment is outdated, intended for the worried well, and not appropriate for ethnically diverse, indigent clients. Joan Berzoff has challenged the conventional wisdom again. She and her contributors share a deep conviction in the efficacy of the contemporary psychodynamic approach, and each provides a detailed description of the engagement and treatment process, complete with candid countertransference reactions readers can readily identify.

Neil Altman
Joan Berzoff has pulled together a remarkable book that is integrative on many levels. She joins many strands of psychoanalytic theory within a biopsychosocial model that demonstrates the indispensability of psychodynamic theory in work with underserved communities. These chapters, covering a wide range of clinical contexts, are essential reading for anyone wishing to bring the highest quality clinical thinking to those who are generally neglected in society.

Journal of Teaching in Social Work - Melissa D. Grady
A rich, validating, and educative resource. It offers readers a comprehensive and holistic understanding of complex human challenges.Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231521819
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
632
Sales rank:
1,224,721
File size:
931 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Joan Berzoff is a full professor at the Smith College School for Social Work, where she has twice served as chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment Sequence. She has also been codirector of the doctoral program and directs the End of Life Certificate Program. She is the coauthor of three books: Dissociative Identity Disorders: The Controversy and Treatment; Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Theories and Practice in Multicultural Settings (Editions I, II, and III); and Living with Dying: A Handbook for End of Life Care Practitioners. The author of more than twenty-five articles on psychodynamic theory and practice, women's issues, grief, bereavement and dying, social work education, postmodernism, intersubjectivity, compassion fatigue, and women's friendships, Dr. Berzoff lectures nationally and internationally and has been in private practice for thirty-five years.

Columbia University Press

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