Social Work Theory Summary

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In this article, a casework respecting a young prisoner will be analysed within a generalist-eclectic framework which is mainly based on two social work theories—the self-psychology theory and the client-centred theory. Then, before to begin with the discussion of the case study, the critical explanation about the selection of these theories, following a serial of research conducted in the social work practice field, will firstly be provided by evaluating the effectiveness and limitations of each theory application. In the next place, the attention will then be given to the strategies on solving the conflict of working goals among different people or agencies involved in this case, as well as precise strategies regarding intervention process, …show more content…

The satisfaction of these needs relies on the corresponding therapy where practitioners concentrate on people’s subjective experiences with the application of actively empathic listening to reflect and meet the need of clients’ self-object experience and self-tripolar functions (Coady). In the order for clients with previously failed selfobject experiences to rescue their missing intrapsychic functions, social workers are in a position to act as the secondary sources of the selfobject experience. This ongoing process will throughout the whole professional relationship, which leads to the second theory that facilitates this therapist relationship—Rogers’s client-centred theory. This theory interprets the personal problems as the result of the inadequacy of acceptance, congruence, and empathy offered by interpersonal relationships and it requires practitioners making effort to form a warm, non-judgement and accepting atmosphere which could fortunate individual’s self-growth and inner strengths (Coady; Trevithick, p. 268,

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