Relational social work: Honoring the tradition

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For social work clinicians trained in psychoanalysis there may be a tendency to disavow their earlier social work training and to identify themselves solely as psychoanalysts. This article addresses this tendency and introduces the term relational social work as a way to describe the intrinsic relational roots of social work theory and practice. A definition of relational social work is offered and its distinguishing features are outlined in comparison to relational psychoanalysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-487
Number of pages13
JournalSmith College Studies in Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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