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Chapter 3: The Theoretical Bases of Relationship Based Social Work

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The Theoretical Bases of Relationship Based Social Work
The theoretical bases of relationship based social work
Introduction

Chapter 2 focused on the fact that relationships matter very much to human beings, and that social work practice outcomes are altered by the relationship that a worker has, both with herself and with her client.

This chapter will delve deeper into these topics by exploring psychosocial science and neuroscience. From different evidence bases these disciplines have arrived independently at the common and central tenet – that our experiences of relationships with other people, and especially our early attachments, have major effects upon our lives. In particular, evidence will be examined which suggests that the qualitative aspects of our relationships play a large part in our moods throughout our lifespan – ...

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