The word theory can become quite confusing...in social work 'theory' is thrown around and can often become synonymous with model, approach, or practice. Defining and understanding theories, perspectives and practice are important in social work. The importance and usefulness of theories are discussed along with the major theories, perspectives and practices used in social work.Watch… Continue reading Social Work Theories
Members of families naturally take on different roles. In a healthy family, roles are flexible given the situation. In unhealthy family environments, roles become fixed or rigid.The dysfunctional family organizes itself around a problem. The problem shapes the family's interactions, while members deny the problem exists. The common goal of each role is to escape… Continue reading Dysfunctional family roles
Defining the difference between normal and abnormal behavior begins with the 4 D's Deviance from a society's ideas about proper function Distress - pain or discomfort Dysfunction - or maladaptive behavior which interferes with daily functioning Danger - behavior that becomes dangerous to self or others.
Defense mechanisms are tools we use to protect ourselves from external or internal impulses that may be inappropriate. The defense mechanisms can be categorized as complex and primary...meaning some defense mechanisms are higher functioning than others. There are 5 character types and resulting roles that are more likely to display a cluster of the listed… Continue reading Psychological defense mechanisms & Client Charcteristics/Roles