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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.

Intervention Paradigms: The Four Forces of Social Work
Intervention paradigms: The four forces of social work

Advanced generalist social work practice is inclusive because the universe of available interventions is used. These interventions can be organized into seven paradigms. In this section, the Four Forces1 of psychology, introduced in Part I, are described in detail as the first four paradigms of social work: (a) psychodynamic, (b) cognitive/behavioral/communications, (c) experiential/humanistic/existential, and (d) transpersonal.2

Interventions drawn from these Four Forces deal with the “organism” and “microsystem” levels of the client/system,3 or what are now commonly called the “micro” and “meso” systems.4 That is, the Four Forces include interventions that were generally designed for direct work with individuals, couples, families, and small groups. The other three paradigms, described in Part ...

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