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A Scial Worker's Experiences

A Report on a Social Worker's Experiences in a Residential Treatment Center for Young Children

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Abstract............................................... 2

01 The Evolution of Residential Care for Children

in the U.S.A...................................... 3 - 5

02 The Agency and the Therapeutic Milieu............. 5 - 7

03 Social Worker and Client: Problems in relationship 7 - 11

04 My Role as a Social Worker....................... 11 - 22

05 A Condensed Case-History: Tim..................... 22 - 28

06 A Condensed Case-History: Anne.................... 28 - 37

07 Conclusions....................................... 37

References............................................. 38 - 39

The author is a social worker interning in a large suburban residential child care center. After briefly tracing the history of residential care and describing the Center and its therapeutic milieu philosophy, the author analyzes problems of relationships between social workers and clients. She clearly dichotomizes between empathy and sympathy, even as she stresses the need for their synergetic application. The matter of cultural, social class, and gender differences between caseworker and child is examined to reach the conclusion that both common-cultural and cross-cultural characteristics need be considered on a case-by- case basis. The author goes on to examine and question the roles of the social worker in a residential treatment facility, and she emphasizes the need for close team-work. She wonders where social intervention ends and psychotherapy begins. She notes that recent advances in the medical and mental hygiene fields have broadened the diagnostic armamentarium and consequent therapeutic and care strategies. The integrated essay ends with two case-histories: one is characterized by an unwholesome mother-son relationship;...

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