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A Perfect Storm: The Influence of Outside Forces on Social Work Education

  • Barbara Berger
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Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)

Abstract

What differentiates the psychoanalytically informed social worker is the experience of graduate study in social work with its unique roots in the influence of environment and the biopsychosocial experience (Simpson, Williams, & Segall, 2007). And, social work education has historically balanced the value of practice experience and the academic tradition to generate the well-informed and well-trained clinician. First-year MSW students at Loyola University, Chicago School of Social Work, are taught the concept of holon: an entity that is itself a whole while simultaneously being a part of a larger whole. For example, our psychoanalytic theories become integrated with social work’s roots as they are overlaid upon the knowledge of an individual as part of a family, a family that is part of a community, etc.

Keywords

Social Work Social Justice Academic Freedom Practice Experience Political Correctness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Clinical Social WorkChicagoUSA

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