Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 235–243 | Cite as

Use of Self in Relational Clinical Social Work

  • Margaret Arnd-CaddiganEmail author
  • Richard Pozzuto
Original Article


Since the inception of social work social workers have noted the importance of relationship in practice. More recently clinicians and other social workers have developed the term “use of self” to indicate important aspects of the professional relationship. How that term is defined rests on how one conceptualizes “self.” The authors suggest that from a relational perspective the concept of self changes from the notion of self as separate and constant to self as process in interaction. They demonstrate on a theoretical level as well as through a case example how defining self as process in interaction might affect clinical social work practice.


Self Use of self Manualized practice Relational theory Practice theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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