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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 Helping Relationship: Integrity, Use of Self, Reciprocity, Mutuality, and Multidimensionality
The helping relationship: Integrity, use of self, reciprocity, mutuality, and multidimensionality

As described in earlier sections, there is substantial evidence that the helping relationship between the worker(s) and client(s) is the most important factor related to success in practice. Most clients attribute their progress to the quality of the relationship they have with their professional helper.70

In addition, “the existing literature is consistent in its suggestions that therapeutic techniques and theoretical orientations are much less powerful predictors of change than are client and therapist characteristics … combined with the quality of the human relationship that they develop” (p. 314).71 The effective helping relationship begins with the social worker's integrity; uses conscious use of self; and is ...

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