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By David S. Derezotes

This publication describes a complicated generalist method of direct social paintings perform with members, undefined, households, and teams. Intervention paradigms that come with psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral/communications, experiential/humanistic, existential and transpersonal are provided because the 4 assets of social paintings.

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The observing self state also allows a person to go into meditative and other altered states of consciousness. However, if a person is always functioning at the observing self level, he may be unable to relax and play or to complete the everyday tasks necessary to survive independently in the larger society. For example, a worker sees a 50-year-old man who reports in the first session that he thinks he is having a midlife crisis. The man went through a divorce 2 years ago and now lives with his three children in an apartment downtown.

The application of Journey Analysis to assessment means an emphasis on (a) client-worker dialectic (interactions), (b) historical perspective (client's experience), (c) contextual emphasis (person-in-environment), and (d) in-flight corrections (openess to changing methods and conclusions). The emphasis on client-worker dialectic means that assessment is not a vertical process in which the expert social worker defines the client's problems and progress. Rather, the worker views the client as the expert consumer and engages in an evolving relationship with the client.

Bloom and Fischer45 particularly recommended the use of single-system designs in evaluating practice. A single-system design is a study of one case in which the worker repeatedly observes the client/system over time, usually before and after a specific intervention has been given. Often, the worker analyzes the data with the help of simple charts or other visual methods. 46 Journey Analysis is probably the most inclusive of existing frameworks because it incorporates all forms of measurement. A strong value is an emphasis upon two key social work practice values: (a) service to the client (sometimes called action research) and (b) the ecological perspective.

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