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 9: Psychodynamic Paradigm
Focus. Psychodynamic social work interventions focus on the impact of past experiences upon present intrapsychic (internal dynamic) and interpsychic (social) functioning. The core of the work is the healing of the trauma of past experiences and the resolution of related inner conflicts so that the individual can learn to love and be loved.
Developmental dimensions. The emphasis is on cognitive development (insight into the relationship between the past and the present) and psychosocial development (developing loving relationships in which both or all people get their needs met).
View of health. The client is aware of her internal dynamics (all of her parts). The client has become individuated (has a self), experiences that self as good enough, and is able to get his personal ...