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Psychoanalytic Theory for Social Work Practice : Thinking Under Fire - Marion Bower

Psychoanalytic Theory for Social Work Practice

Thinking Under Fire

By: Marion Bower (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd September 2005
ISBN: 9780415338004
Number Of Pages: 204

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Written by practicing social workers and social work educators, this text analyzes modern 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, supervision and management of emotional stress.

Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the realities of frontline practice, and looking at what can realistically be achieved. It also addresses the research evidence for this approach. With psychoanalytic and psychosocial approaches becoming increasingly popular, this text will be a welcome addition for professionals, students and social work educators.

Industry Reviews

'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

List of contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Referencesp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
How to use this bookp. xxi
Acknowledgementsp. xxix
A framework for practicep. 1
Psychoanalytic theories for social work practicep. 3
Psychoanalytic research in the era of evidence-based practicep. 15
Racist states of mind: an attack on thinking and curiosityp. 31
Understanding and working with children and young peoplep. 45
Observation in social work practicep. 47
'Thinking in and out of the frame'; applying systemic ideas to social work with childrenp. 59
Individual brief psychotherapy with sexually abused girls and parallel support work with parents and carersp. 71
Double deprivationp. 89
Psychoanalytic perspectives on emotional problems facing parents of children with learning disabilitiesp. 103
Parents, families and professional networksp. 113
The court, the couple and the consultant: is there room for a third position?p. 115
Dangerous cocktails: drugs and alcohol within the familyp. 127
Working with borderline personality disorderp. 139
Working with families who see help as the problemp. 153
Re-enactment as an unwitting professional response to family dynamicsp. 165
Professional stresses and supportsp. 175
Who cares for the carers: Work with refugeesp. 177
The containing function of supervision in working with abusep. 185
Helpful organisationsp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415338004
ISBN-10: 041533800X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 22nd September 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.54 x 17.42  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1