Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

The ‘self’ and ‘use of self’ in social work: a contribution to the development of a coherent theoretical framework

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This paper explores the ‘use of self’ in social work and what is meant when referring to the concept of a ‘self’. It begins by looking at infant psychological development and theories that attempt to explain how, as human beings, our unique self is formed and what factors play a part in this process.


Pam Trevithick

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Journal of Social Work Practice

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