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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.

Ethics as Love, Connection, Awareness, Nonabusiveness, and Justice
Ethics as love, connection, awareness, nonabusiveness, and justice

In an ethical helping relationship, the social worker is loving, connective, nonabusive, and committed to social justice.

Loving means that the social worker cares about the welfare of the client and client/system. A loving attitude is inclusive; all of the client's parts are accepted. It has become unfashionable to talk about love in the context of professional social work. Perhaps this reluctance speaks more to the need of social workers to protect themselves than the need to protect their clients. When a worker is loving, he is certainly more vulnerable to emotional pain than when he closes off his heart. However, when a worker is loving, she also becomes more effective; ...

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