Human relationships lie at the very heart of social work practice, and an understanding of their importance is a crucial aspect of training. This book considers the place of relationships in current practice and explores the ways in which social workers can use relationship skills to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients.
The book also offers a unique discussion of the social worker's relationship with him or herself, arguing that self-awareness is as essential to good practice as an emotional understanding of the other. In doing so, the book promotes a new model for relationship-based social work, which emphasizes the importance of both the inter- and intrapersonal.
Opening with an introduction to the theoretical bases of the relationship-based model, the book then focuses on their direct application to social work practice. Key topics include:
Self-awareness and using oneself; Knowing the other person; Sustaining oneself; The ethics of relationship-based social work; Internalizing knowledge, skills and values
Using reflective exercises and case studies, the book encourages students to relate the tools they have learnt to practice scenarios from the real world, and is essential reading for all qualifying social work students.
Chapter 3: The Theoretical Bases of Relationship Based Social Work
The Theoretical Bases of Relationship Based Social Work
Chapter 2 focused on the fact that relationships matter very much to human beings, and that social work practice outcomes are altered by the relationship that a worker has, both with herself and with her client.
This chapter will delve deeper into these topics by exploring psychosocial science and neuroscience. From different evidence bases these disciplines have arrived independently at the common and central tenet – that our experiences of relationships with other people, and especially our early attachments, have major effects upon our lives. In particular, evidence will be examined which suggests that the qualitative aspects of our relationships play a large part in our moods throughout our lifespan – ...