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 17: Physical and Spiritual Development
Physical and Spiritual Development
Krueger's22 theory of development suggests a movement toward gradually increasing sensitivity of and care for one's body. Thus, physical development includes an increasing ability to create healthy patterns of self-care and self-expression that may be associated with exercise, diet, self-care, sleep, relaxation, or the use of various medicinal drugs.
Sensitivity to the physical self is essential at times to the process of assessing clients. The healthy social worker is aware of her own body and the interconnections between her physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The worker can use her body awareness to help her assess the well-being of herself and clients. For example, a social worker might feel sick to his stomach when he is around a particular ...