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Psychoanalytic Social Work Free Access Article Collection
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Aim & Scope
Psychoanalytic Social Work provides social work clinicians and clinical educators with highly informative and stimulating articles relevant to the practice of psychoanalytic social work with the individual client. Although a variety of social work publications now exist, none focus exclusively on the important clinical themes and dilemmas that occur in a psychoanalytic social work practice. Existing clinical publications in social work have tended to dilute or diminish the significance or the scope of psychoanalytic practice in various ways. Some social work journals focus partially on clinical practice and characteristically provide an equal, if not greater, emphasis upon social welfare policy and macropractice concerns. Some social work journals seem to restrict themselves to a particular population or practice domain (e.g., children and adolescents). While journals such as these may be important for other reasons, they are not often attuned to the educational needs of the psychoanalytically oriented social worker.
Psychoanalytic Social Work gives you an impressive range of exciting and original contributions carefully selected by a panel of expert reviewers, who are themselves prominent members of the psychoanalytic social work community. Articles range from detailed intensive single-case studies to scholarly discussions of theoretical psychoanalysis and will provide readers with contemporary perspectives, theories, clinical methods, and techniques that fall within the domain of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The journal, with no adherence to any particular body of psychoanalytic thinking, also focuses on the special requirements, adaptations, and problems associated with a psychoanalytic approach to treatment in social work settings and with traditional social work populations.
Psychoanalytic Social Work also spotlights the practicing social work clinician, giving a high priority to those articles most relevant to practice including, but not limited to:
- clinical case studies
- reviews of the literature
- psychoanalytic approaches to special populations and in work with minorities and the underserved
- applications of specialized or innovative psychoanalytic techniques and methods in the treatment of various clinical problems (hypnoanalytic treatment of the borderline personality)
- important psychoanalytic themes, such as the transference-counter-transference matrix, narrative versus historical reality, or the application of infant research to the treatment of children and adults
- research studies that are clinically focused and that investigate various aspects of psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalytic developmental psychology
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