Centre for Social Work Practice

The Relationship Between Social Work and Psychoanalysis: The Future Impact of Social Workers

Posted January 01, 2007

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Eda G. Goldstein – January 2007

Because social workers are likely to have a more expanded role within organized psychoanalysis than previously, it seems timely to consider the numerous challenges and opportunities ahead with respect to social workers? impact on the practice of psychoanalysis. For those who become social work psychoanalysts, in particular, a pivotal issue is the degree to which they retain their core identity as clinical social workers. It is important for them to integrate and balance the diverse aspects of their dual identity, to participate in our social work organizations, to contribute to developing psychoanalysis, and to work to keep the teaching of contemporary psychoanalytic theories alive in social work education. Clinical Social Work Journal Volume 37, Number 1

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