This book aims to enhance clinical social workers' ability to make sense of people's lives. It presents various works that intend to more fully understand the paradigms of clinical social work and to continue to question our thinking about what we do and why we do it.
"Dr. Dorfman has once again produced a volume of significance to the ongoing advancement of theory and practice. Her sensitive understanding of the necessity of an approach to clinical practice built on a premise of theoretical diversity is a welcomed and critically important contribution."
-Francis J. Turner, D.S.W., C.S.W."
Part I. The Case. Part II. Paradigms. Ego Psychology and Object Relations Theory. Kohut's Self-Psychology. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Control-Mastery Theory. The Cognitive Therapy Model. Ericksonian Approaches in Social Work. Postmodern Family Therapy: New Voices in Clinical Social Work. Part III. Metaparadigms. The Feminist Approach to Clinical Social Work. Meaning-Making as a Metaframework for Clinical Practice. Prescriptive Eclectic Psychotherapy. Clinical Social Work in the 21st Century: Behavioral Managed Care is Here to Stay! The Paradigms and Long-Term Trends in Clinical Social Work. Epilogue. Author Index. Subject Index.