Psychoanalytic Theory for Social Work Practice: Thinking Under Fire [NOOK Book]

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Written by practicing social workers and social work educators, this is the first book in over twenty years to introduce psychoanalytic theory to social work practitioners. The loss of psychoanalytic theory has left social work without a model to fully understand the impact of trauma and deprivation on the inner world of their clients and to make sense of behaviour which may be disturbing and self-destructive.

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Overview

Written by practicing social workers and social work educators, this is the first book in over twenty years to introduce psychoanalytic theory to social work practitioners. The loss of psychoanalytic theory has left social work without a model to fully understand the impact of trauma and deprivation on the inner world of their clients and to make sense of behaviour which may be disturbing and self-destructive.

Psychoanalytic Theory for Social Work Practice analyses psychoanalytic and psychosocial approaches to social work and relates them to current practices and values. Focusing on working with children and families, the text covers salient issues in social work practice including risk assessment, dealing with parents with drug and alcohol problems, and supervision and management of emotional stress. It also examines the research evidence for this approach.

With psychoanalytic and psychosocial approaches becoming increasingly popular this text will be a welcome addition for both professionals and students in the social work field, promoting analytical thinking and presenting practical examples of how psychoanalytic theories can be applied in practice. It offers a new perspective on understanding clients and discusses realistic ways in which clients can be helped to change.

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'It is an extremely well written and thought-provoking book presenting psychoanalytic perspectives as a basis for social work with children and families in stressful circumstances ... A welcome and instructive book. It can be warmly recommended as excellent value for refreshing theoretical ideas or for CPD purposes! And it really should be required reading for all those with an analytic background who are also teaching in, or working with, individuals or families in health, education or social work settings.' - Gill Frayn

'This highly original and very welcome book is the first text written for over 20 years that seeks to introduce the theory and practice of psychoanalytic thinking to social workers... I hope that it will be widely used by social work educators and that it finds its way onto the reading list of trainee counsellors and psychotherapists.' - Ruth Jordan, Journal of Social Work Practice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134304677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/2/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Marion Bower is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Social Work in the Child and Family Department at the Tavistock Clinic. She has worked in child, adolescent and adult mental health services for over twenty years. She is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Social Work Practice and The British Journal of Psychotherapy. She is co-editor of ‘The Emotional Needs of Young Children and Their Families-Using Psychoanalytic Ideas in Community Settings’

Routledge. She is also an adult psychotherapist in private practice.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
How to use this book
1 Psychoanalytic theories for social work practice 3
2 Psychoanalytic research in the era of evidence-based practice 15
3 Racist states of mind : an attack on thinking and curiosity 31
4 Observation in social work practice 47
5 'Thinking in and out of the frame'; applying systemic ideas to social work with children 59
6 Individual brief psychotherapy with sexually abused girls and parallel support work with parents and carers 71
7 Double deprivation 89
8 Psychoanalytic perspectives on emotional problems facing parents of children with learning disabilities 103
9 The court, the couple and the consultant : is there room for a third position? 115
10 Dangerous cocktails : drugs and alcohol within the family 127
11 Working with borderline personality disorder 139
12 Working with families who see help as the problem 153
13 Re-enactment as an unwitting professional response to family dynamics 165
14 Who cares for the carers : work with refugees 177
15 The containing function of supervision in working with abuse 185
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