Direct Social Work with Individuals
In this chapter the focus is on developing communication skills, in order to undertake face-to-face social work with clients and members of their family network, either as individuals or with two or three people together. The emphasis here is first on developing a relationship, and then on using other core skills to implement a social care plan. This involves planning the intervention and evaluating the outcome. Alternative types of direct social work are examined in which a framework is offered for the worker to plan the interaction. These are task centred work and crisis intervention. The chapter concludes with some examples of how insights gained from psychotherapy can be useful in social work practice.
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