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Chapter 4: Knowing and Using Oneself in Relationship Based Social Work

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Knowing and Using Oneself in Relationship Based Social Work
Knowing and using oneself in relationship based social work
Introduction

The last chapter set out the theoretical bases for believing that relationships and, in particular, the emotions that underpin them, play a critical part in our bio-psycho-social formation during childhood and throughout our adult lives. As these knowledge bases grow, and we become increasingly aware of the critical impact of relationships, both positive and negative, on our lives, social workers are led towards a fundamental question about professional practice. That is, how can they use this knowledge about the effects of relationships in a way that both benefits their clients and meets their practice objectives?

The implication here is that relational theory should be ‘matched’ (Ward and McMahon 1998) ...

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