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Falling Through the Cracks Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations

ISBN-10: 023115108X
ISBN-13: 9780231151085
Edition: 2012
Authors: Joan Berzoff
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.21" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with those whose problems are both psychological and social.Essays address populations struggling with structural inequities, such as racism, classism, immigrant status, language differences, disability, and sexual orientation. They explain how to provide psychodynamically informed assessment and practice when working with those suffering from mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and cognitive, visual, or auditory impairments, as well as people in prisons, orphanages, and child welfare. The volume supports the idea that becoming aware of ourselves helps to understand ourselves: a key approach for helping clients contain and name their feelings, deal with desire and conflict, achieve self-regulation and self-esteem, alter attachment styles, and free themselves toward greater agency and empowerment. Yet autonomy and empowerment are not birthrights; they are capacities that must be fostered.This collection uses concepts derived from drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, trauma theory, attachment theory, self psychology, and intersubjectivity in clinical work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Contributors are experienced practitioners whose work has enabled them to elicit and find common humanity with their clients. The authors consistently convey respect for the considerable strength and resourcefulness of their clients. Emphasizing the importance of the inner life of client and clinician and their interacting social identities, this anthology uniquely realizes the ethnically and contextually diverse realities of clinical social work practice.

Why We Need a Biopsychosocial Perspective with Vulnerable, Oppressed, and At-Risk Clients
Making It Thinkable: A Psychodynamic Approach to the Psychosocial Problems of Prisons and Prisoners
"We're Cool, You and Me": A Relational Approach to Clinical Social Work in the City: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Within a Homeless Shelter for Formerly Incarcerated Women and Their Children
If I Feel Judged By You, I Will Not Trust You: Relational Practice with Addicted Mothers
Making a Difference: Psychodynamic Views on Race and Racism
Navigating the Perils of the Child Welfare System: Applying Attachment Theory in Child Protective Practice
Holding a Mother�Holding a Baby: Psychosocial Casework in a Clinic for Women with High-Risk Pregnancies
'Finding Common Ground: The Perils of Sameness and Difference in the Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
Full of Feelings, Disabled, and Treatable: Working Psychodynamically with Special-Needs Adults
Seeing Through the Eyes of the Blind: Psychodynamically Informed Work with Persons with Low Vision
What Did You Say? Clinical Practice with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Populations
Social Care with the Severely Mentally Ill: Psychodynamic Perspectives
The Return from War: Templates for Trauma and Resilience
Alien to This Country: Treatment Considerations with Immigrant Bilingual Patients
When a State Becomes a Parent: Orphanages in a Post-totalitarian Culture: Attachment Theory Perspective
Conclusion
Contributors
Index

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