'Thoughtful' practice: child care social work and the role of case discussion

Ruch, Gillian (2007) 'Thoughtful' practice: child care social work and the role of case discussion. Child and Family Social Work, 12, (4), 370-379. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00466.x).


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Since the publication of Lord Laming's inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbé there have been a number of insightful and thoughtful papers into the professional context and circumstances that surrounded this tragedy. Those papers highlight the insufficient thought given to the psychosocial dimensions of Victoria's situation, their impact on professional practice and the support needs of practitioners. This paper explores the tensions between 'doing' and 'thinking' in contemporary practice and draws on psychodynamic concepts to inform our understanding of why individuals and organizations behave in repetitiously compulsive ways. A case discussion model is outlined and its potential for addressing the psychodynamic demands facing practitioners and front-line managers is considered.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00466.x
ISSNs: 1356-7500 (print)
Keywords: case discussion, dependency, ethical and effective practice, omnipotency, repetition compulsion, thinking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 39663
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2007Published
18 December 2006Made publicly available
2006In press
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:09
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/39663

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