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From the Publisher"This accessible, timely and much needed book comprehensively explores the background and basis of psychoanalytic social work and illustrates how the application of psychoanalytic concepts and principles may be utilised in the diverse settings of social work. Importantly the authors address countertransference, and the significance of recognising the negative countertransference that allows for a working relationship with a client whatever the area of work. Lively, pertinent examples reveal the value of application of psychoanalytic core concepts in relation to individual work, as well as to groups, teams, institutions and supervision. An essential text for generic, forensic social work and probation."
"Although psychotherapists and psychoanalysts undertake important work with patients in private consulting rooms, the intensity and regularity of sessions keeps most analytical clinicians imprisoned, and prevents us from making home visits, or ensuring that our patients have enough food to eat, or a safe environment in which to live, as well as access to crucial public services. Thank goodness we can all enjoy the Herculean contributions of our colleagues in the field of social work. For too many decades, however, many mental health professionals have come to regard social work predominantly as an entry point to psychoanalytical training, rather than as an indispensable profession in its own right. In this highly readable and deeply important book our distinguished German colleagues Professor Michael Günter and Dr Georg Jürgen Bruns provide a rich investigation of the ways in which social work and psychoanalysis can inform and enhance one another with generosity and reciprocity. Tracing the key moments in the history of psychoanalytical social work, the authors then explore how the contemporary marriage of social work and psychodynamic practice may be one of deep enrichment for all concerned. I recommend this book as essential reading for anyone who has ever worked in a multidisciplinary team or in a public sector mental health institution."
"Here is no doubt a great source of insight and inspiration for the entire multidisciplinary community working in the social services and in child care, in residential units and outreach projects. Above all, this book provides robust theoretical arguments and welcome reassurances for those who have engaged themselves with chronically disturbed children and youths and their families and who are frustrated by the pressures towards cost effective, empirically validated short-term care programmes. The excellent texts and case vignettes give a vivid account of the scope and vigour of psychoanalytic social work in Germany today - its origins, present forms of practice and supervision."