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Chapter 2: The Centrality of Relationships in Social Work

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The Centrality of Relationships in Social Work
The centrality of relationships in social work
Introduction

This chapter begins to consider the central place that relationships take in the formation of the individual person. We are all affected profoundly by our experiences of relationships and this is why the relationship between a social worker and her client can alter the practice outcome. We shall consider some practical examples that illustrate this and, in doing so, show that the worker's relationship with herself is just as important as the one she has with her client. Finally, we shall start to examine the idea that it is through the worker–client relationship that a social worker can ‘use herself’ in a creative way.

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