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Chapter 8: Drawing Themes Together: Theory and the Use of Personal Experience

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Drawing Themes Together: Theory and the Use of Personal Experience
Drawing themes together: Theory and the use of personal experience
Reviewing Theory for Practice

Social work exists as a socially organised response to people's needs and misfortunes – whether these are caused by mental or physical illness, neglect and abuse, or are simply the inequalities of society associated with social and psychological disadvantages. Social workers are called to work with clients in these kinds of states, with these kinds of backgrounds, and the central argument of this book has been that their work is likely to be more creative when it is relationship based.

The book began with a discussion of clients’ views about relationships. What matters for them is not only what social workers do – a ...

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