This brief version of Jerrold R. Brandell's Theory & Practice of Clinical Social Work assembles coverage of the most vital topics for courses in Clinical Social Work/Advanced Practice. Written by established contributors in the field, this anthology addresses frameworks for treatment, therapeutic modalities, specialized clinical issues and themes, and dilemmas encountered in clinical social work practice. Now available in paperback and roughly half the size of the full-length version, Essentials of Clinical Social Work comes at a reduced cost for students who need to learn the basics of the course.

Psychoanalytic Theory

Psychoanalytic Theory

Psychoanalytic theory
Fredric T. PerlmanJerrold R. Brandell

The historical relationship between clinical social work and psychoanalysis is both fascinating and extremely complex. Classical psychoanalytic theory and, later, ego psychology stand in relation to social work theory and practice in much the same way as the theory of relativity stands in relation to modern theoretical physics. In each case, the introduction of a new and radical theory has had far-reaching ramifications for the existing framework of knowledge.

In this chapter, psychoanalytic ideas and their unique contributions and adaptations to the practice of clinical social work will be discussed and explored in depth. Psychoanalytic theory, of course, is not a unified body of knowledge; rather, it is composed of multiple theories, models, and schemata pertaining to development, ...

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