Applied Psychology for Social Workers (Practical Social Work by Paula Nicolson

By Paula Nicolson

Psychology learn and abilities will be utilized to social paintings and this e-book exhibits how this is performed in particular sensible events, corresponding to the group and home employees teams. additionally integrated is fabric on baby abuse, bereavement and loss and mental variety.

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The information is also more likely to be relevant! g. 'I realise you're very worried about this. '. Giving advice is probably inappropriate when major decisions are to be made. , for example, as Interoiewing 43 expressing indecisiveness. Consider too your own wish to give advice! Are you giving advice/information because you enjoy it, or to avoid doing something else, or to help the client? Giving information can be straightforward, and helpful. Often it is not: Ley (1977) has shown that in general about 40-50 per cent of patients do not understand or remember what doctors have told them.

They may reveal feelings of guilt about their behaviour towards the dead person, or anger with them for dying: whatever the feelings, pity is not appropriate, patience is. llS-19 here, and Smith, 1982). In a crisis. 'Crisis' can apply to bereavement, illness, loss of a job etc. Let the client cry, be quiet or talk. e. 33-41 here). Note your own reactions, and try to allow for them: your comfort matters, but less at this time than the client does. 'Grief work' appears to be useful. Indeed a crisis can be treated as an opportunity for growth and change though to clients this may seem absurd.

The final part of this chapter outlines the areas of applied psychology which we have included, organised under the three beadings in the previous paragraph: Skills This book has concentrated upon two main areas of social work skills: interviewing and group work. Interviewing embraces both the formal kind of social interaction between professional worker and client, in which the interviewer obtains information and helps someone come to a decision about their own problem, and also the process of giving appropriate information and advice.

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