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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.

The Inclusive Toolbox: Developing All of the Tools for the Job
The inclusive toolbox: Developing all of the tools for the job

An inclusive strategy uses the universe of available interventions, which may be divided into seven interrelated direct practice paradigms: the Four Forces18 of psychology—psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic/existential, and transpersonal19—as well as case management,20 biopsychosocial,21 and local22 and global23 community. Each of these practice paradigms employs individual-, couple-, family-, and group-level interventions. All of these paradigms are described in more depth in Parts III and IV

Reciprocal connectiveness exists between the paradigms; each paradigm deals with parts of a greater whole. The First Force, psychodynamic theory, emphasizes increasing client insight into past events and related internal dynamics. The Second Force, cognitive/behavioral/communications theory, emphasizes changing the way clients ...

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