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

By Paula Nicolson

Psychology study and abilities should be utilized to social paintings and this ebook indicates how this is performed in particular sensible events, resembling the neighborhood and home employees teams. additionally integrated is fabric on baby abuse, bereavement and loss and mental sort.

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Reasons include: • • • • because there is nothing more they wish to say about a particular topic; to organise thoughts/look for the right word; to remember something; feeling angry, defensive, confused, etc. The kind of silence (productive, peaceful, rejecting and so on) suggests which skill to employ. Silence itself is usually appropriate for the second and third reasons listed above. Otherwise, paraphrase, ask an open question, summarise or use 'immediacy' (p. 46) . ' Gilmore 'moving an serve the same purposes as paraphrases and flavour of 'This is where we are so far.

G. ) Include positive comments. Criticise behaviour that could be changed and try to say what you might do differently: one or two things at a time only . Be brief: three or four comments at the most. The principles suggested then are to be specific, positive as well as critical, constructive and brief. Information-gathering Two sets of skills are distinguished. In practice they 34 Applied Psychology for Social Workers overlap, but the division is useful. The first set of skills is primarily for building a relationship and for gathering information (the emphasis in interviewing) or helping someone explore (emphasis in counselling).

Using this chapter This chapter is intended to help you analyse your own interviews and other conversations in a constructive way . It supplements training courses and supervision . In this section the approach to this self-training and the meaning of 'constructive' are elaborated with some general principles, and some suggestions about 'feedback' . The principles are: (I) Good interviewing and counselling have a large element of individual style (as genuineness implies). The skills are not meant to be used mechanically.

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