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Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 89–98 | Cite as

The social worker as psychoanalyst

  • Richard M. Alperin
  • Barbara C. Hollman
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Abstract

This paper examines the development of social workers as psychoanalysts to determine whether psychoanalysis is a legitimate function of social work. Historically, social work has found psychoanalytic theory helpful. However, it is generally understood that for the caseworker to competently practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, advanced training is necessary. Although many social workers have availed themselves of this opportunity, the profession continues to believe that the practice of psychoanalysis is incompatible with social work. This is based upon an inaccurate conception of psychoanalysis. Since the social work psychoanalyst is concerned with the client's adaptation to the environment, his or her practice can easily be defined as clinical social work.

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Social Work Advanced Training Clinical Social Work Psychoanalytic Theory Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Alperin
    • 1
  • Barbara C. Hollman
    • 1
  1. 1.Teaneck

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