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Integrative Clinical Social Work Practice: A Contemporary Perspective

Integrative Clinical Social Work Practice: A Contemporary Perspective

by F. Diane Barth


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Integrative Clinical Social Work Practice: A Contemporary Perspective

In recent history the practice of medicine and mental health has been increasingly eclectic as more and more practitioners harness seemingly disparate therapies and techniques to arrive at clinical breakthroughs. But while social work professionals have been involved in integrative practice informally and intuitively for years, resources to bring structure to this therapeutic concept have been few and far between.

In response, Integrative Social Work Practice offers innovative ways of conceptualizing cases, communicating with clients and making better therapeutic use of client individuality. Rich in research, evidence-based and clinical material from a variety of settings, the book begins with the basic organizing principles behind effective integrative practice. Real-world examples flesh out the theoretical rationales and psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and developmental methods are shown in practical context. The author also demonstrates how to balance flexibility and boundaries and manage diverse and even conflicting theories, while providing clear guidelines on:

  • Integrating key psychotherapeutic approaches into social work.
  • Using somatic knowledge to enhance therapy.
  • Making assessments and choosing interventions.
  • Applying an integrative approach to therapeutic relationships.
  • Creating manageable goals based on small steps.
  • Building and working with an integrative team.

An important step forward in both professional development and the larger therapeutic picture, Integrative Social Work Practice benefits researchers and practitioners as well as supervisors and students in social work and counseling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493920150
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 08/21/2014
Series: Essential Clinical Social Work Series
Edition description: 2014
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- Integration or Eclecticism: Rationale for an Integrative Theory.- Contemporary Psychodynamic Models.- Developmental Models.- Cognitive and BehavioralModels.- The Body-Mind Connection.- Making Assessments and Choosing Interventions.- An Integrative Approach to Therapeutic Relationships.- Small Steps and Manageable Goals.- Building and Working with an Integrative Team.- Working on and Working through.

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"In a wonderfully rich and informative book that is packed with information, Barth has lucidly positioned psychotherapy integration within the broader mental health field. The content is thoroughly researched, current, clinically sophisticated, and comprehensive. Her many case examples clarify and illustrate her points vividly, showing how the integrative approach can be individualized to particular patients’ needs. Hence, she is able to present complex theoretical ideas and clinical methods in a clear, organized fashion that is accessible and useful, even to beginning clinicians. Moreover, the author’s voice and style exemplify the respectful, compassionate, and open professional attitude one hopes to cultivate in all students of the field. I enthusiastically recommend this book to all who are new to, as well as those familiar with psychotherapy integration." (Kenneth A. Frank, Ph.D. , Director, Psychotherapy Integration Training Program, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NYC; Former Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons)

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