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Change and Control in Clinical Social Work
Change and Control in Clinical Social Work

Author(s): Maria Diaconescu
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: POLIROM & Universitatea Bucureşti - Dept. de Sociologie şi Asistenţă Socială
Keywords: aesthetic curiosity; respect; contratransfer; nondirective approach

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, I discuss the meanings of some key concepts in clinical social work: active listening, directive and non-directive approach, transfer and contratransfer in the helping relationship, systemic approach of interactions in family relationships and between social workers and family members: hypothesizing, circularity and neutrality. In discussing these key concepts I point out the main ethical clash - change versus control - in clinical social work and some its expressions: circularity vs. liniarity, neutrality vs. involvement & taking side; autonomy vs. conformism; love vs. justice; sincerity vs. politeness; to be vs. not to be present in the relationship.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 39-49
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English