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  • Subject index

This book describes an advanced generalist approach to direct social work practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Intervention paradigms that include psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are presented as the four sources of social work.

Professional Self-Development
Professional self-development

The key hypotheses in this section are that (a) effective conscious use of self requires ongoing professional self-development; (b) in professional self-development, the worker continues to develop in all of the dimensions of self, including the affective, physical, spiritual, cognitive, and social; and (c) professional self-development also involves the development of knowledge, skills, and values necessary to effectively manage transference and countertransference reactions in the helping relationship.

From the inclusive perspective, professional development includes both the development of the multidimensional self and the development of technique (based upon increasing skills, knowledge, and values in managing the helping relationship). Both of these processes are, of course, interrelated. Both are necessary. As Maslow1 suggested, technique without the use of self is “mechanistic” and “reductionistic.” Similarly, ...

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