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Chapter 5: Knowing the Other Person in Relationship Based Social Work

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Knowing the Other Person in Relationship Based Social Work
Knowing the other person in relationship based social work
Introduction

Knowing ourselves appears to be the foundation for knowing other people (Howe 2008). And knowing other people, and other people knowing that we know them, provides them with the experience of being more deeply understood – perhaps more than ever before in their life. Such understanding creates the circumstances in which they can begin to understand themselves – why they feel, think and act as they do. And their growing self-awareness provides them with the best possibility of creating change in their lives, of experiencing an enhanced degree of constructive control over their human and material environments. This kind of therapeutic client-change is the heart of and rationale ...

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