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 16: Affective Development
The social worker needs to be involved in three ongoing, interrelated processes of emotional development: (a) self-awareness, (b) self-acceptance, and (c) capacity to feel. These processes are all important to effective use of self in practice. The social worker who is developing self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and depth of feeling is increasingly effective in conscious use of self and as a model for clients.
The effective social worker strives to become more aware of herself. Without self-awareness, the social worker cannot differentiate well between the client and herself; aspects of the self that are still unknown may be projected onto others. Without self-awareness, the social worker cannot fully accept himself or other people; one can only accept what one is first aware of. Without self-awareness, ...