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 14: Biopsychosocial Paradigm
Focus. The focus is on fostering the client's physical development and body-mind-spirit-environment interconnection (the paradigm could be renamed bio-psychosocioenvironmental).
Developmental dimensions. The client's physical development is emphasized, although the client's multidimensional (i.e., affective, spiritual, psychosocial, and cognitive) development is also fostered through physical interventions.
View of health. The healthy client is aware of her body-mind-spirit-environment interconnection. The client accepts and can enjoy his body and is aware of and responds to the body's needs for regular exercise, rest, nutrition, and self-care.
View of pathology. The client is not aware of the body-mind-spirit-environment interconnection. The client does not accept or enjoy her body, and is not aware of or does not respond to the body's needs for regular exercise, rest, nutrition, and self-care.
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