102146: Integrative Clinical Social Work

A Contemporary Perspective

About the Course:

Recognizing that integrative practice is an extremely important component of contemporary clinical work, this course will offer participants a systematic approach with which to make decisions about what intervention or group of interventions are most appropriate for each client at different points in the therapeutic process. Drawing on theories of psychotherapy, clinical social work assessment and diagnosis, and evidence-based models, the course will consider effective approaches to the development of a healthy sense of self and agency with different clients and within different diagnostic categories.

The recent history of the medical and mental health fields can largely be characterized as eclectic, as more practitioners harness seemingly disparate therapies and techniques to arrive at clinical breakthroughs. But while social work professionals have been involved in integrative practice informally and intuitively for years, resources to bring structure to this therapeutic concept have been few and far between.

Integrative Social Work Practice offers tools for integrating theory when conceptualizing cases, communicating with clients, and making better therapeutic use of client individuality. Using clinical material from a variety of settings, it begins with the basic organizing principles behind effective integrative practice. Clinical examples flesh out theoretical rationales, and psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and developmental methods are shown in practical context. The reader will learn how to balance flexibility and boundaries and integrate diverse theories.

Publication Date:

2014

Author

F. Diane Barth, LCSW

About the Author:

F. Diane Barth, LCSW, is a social work clinician, supervisor and instructor with more than three decades of experience integrating theories and interventions with clients and presenting these ideas to clinicians in workshops around the US. Most recently she has run workshops on “Adolescents and Social Media” for the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society in New York City; “Integrative Practices in Clinical Practice” for the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, in New York City; and “Working with Students with Eating Disorders” at Williams College’s counseling center in Williamstown, MA. She has also presented at two recent AAPCSW conferences and will be presenting a paper on alexithymia at the upcoming conference in Durham in March, 2015. She has published numerous articles on a wide variety of topics, including “Integration, Connection and Individuation in Shaeffer’s ‘Transference, Countertransference and Mutuality in Relational Social Work with College Students’ “ in the Clinical Social Work Journal March 2014, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 22-26 and “Putting it all together: An integrative approach to psychotherapy with eating disorders“in Psychoanalytic Social Work, 2014, 21, pp.19-39. She was Guest Editor for a Special Edition of the Clinical Social Work Journal on Integrating Theories in Psychotherapeutic Practice (2011) and is the author of the book Integrative Clinical Social Work Practice: A Contemporary Perspective, published in 2014 by Springer.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists and social workers who seek knowledge about effective development of a healthy sense of self and agency with different clients and within different diagnostic categories. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Compare and differentiate key psychotherapeutic approaches to clinical social work.

  2. Identify how each of these theories promotes clients’ self-awareness, cohesive sense of self and agency, and relational, interpersonal and work-related skills.

  3. Recognize differences in clients’ current level of functioning and organization;

  4. Discuss links between research and direct practice in operationalizing an integrative practice;

  5. Select guidelines for choosing interventions;

  6. Formulate manageable goals based on small steps.

  7. Analyze personal and professional beliefs, issues and dynamics encountered in progressive articulation of skills in the professional use of self in helping relationships;

  8. Build and work with an integrative team.

  9. Establish a relevant, responsible, and effective integrative framework for undertaking the facilitation of intrapersonal change.

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