Applied Psychology for Social Workers by Paula Nicolson

By Paula Nicolson

Psychology study and abilities should be utilized to social paintings and this booklet indicates how this is often performed in particular functional occasions, corresponding to the neighborhood and home employees teams. additionally integrated is fabric on baby abuse, bereavement and loss and mental type.

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W he n counselling, I ge nerally th ink in terms of three of his nin e steps. I find mor e th an thi s too com plica ted to be useful , 48 Applied Psychology for Social Workers although I am beginning to try thinking in terms of some of the other steps when reviewing a session or work with a particular client. I use the following three steps when counselling: Exploration, New Perspectives and Action. This is not an eccentric selection! g. Inskipp and Johns (1983; 1984; 1985), Reddy (1987) and with Munro et al.

In everyday conversations, an occasional paraphrase is more appropriate. Paraphrases which include a feeling are rare in everyday conversations. Instead we comment, persuade, interpret, sympathise, reassure, question, paraphrase content except for feelings ('what you're saying is'), or change the subject. 40 Applied Psychology for Social Workers Purposes ofparaphrasing • • • Helps you to listen more carefully. Shows both you and the other person - in a very direct way - how well you've listened .

Builds trust. Shows you are not afraid of feelings. Enables the other person to correct any misunderstanding, to clarify and/or to explore further. How do you know when y ou're paraphrasing well? from Gendlin, 1981) (Adapted The other person is more likely to: -say more, and in a more open way; -say 'Yes', 'That's right', etc. (with some conviction); -sit silently, satisfied that you 've understood. 'I don't have to say that any more' . May take a deep breath and relax. How do you know when you're paraphrasing badly?

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