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.
Chapter 11: Experiential/Humanistic/Existential Paradigm
Focus. The focus is upon the fostering of growth toward self-actualization through self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-expression in the here and now.
Developmental dimensions. Affective development is emphasized, particularly the awareness, acceptance, and expression of feelings.
View of health. Healing is wholing; healing is having integrity (wholeness). The healthy individual is self-actualizing, or becoming herself. The client feels good about herself, is responsible for herself, and able to express who she is openly and honestly. The client can find meaning in her life.
View of pathology. The client is not actualizing, does not feel good about herself, suppresses and does not trust her personal experience, and cannot find meaning in her life.
Art and science. There is considerable evidence that such relational worker variables as genuineness, ...