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Developing reflective practiceMaking sense of social work in a world of change$
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Helen Martyn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342386

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342386.001.0001

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Commentary from a practitioner perspective

Commentary from a practitioner perspective

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(p.86) (p.87) Commentary from a practitioner perspective
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Developing reflective practice
Author(s):

Rosemary Gordon

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342386.003.0008

This chapter presents commentaries on the cases of direct social work with the children presented in the previous chapters from a practitioner's perspective. It suggests that Patrick Lonergan failed to recognise that the issues of separation and loss and transitions of his patient currently mirrored his own life. It commends Mary Cody's review of attachment theory and the development of defence mechanisms to understand the causes of her patient's destructive behaviour and lack of impulse-control.

Keywords:   social work, children, practitioner's perspective, Patrick Lonergan, separation and loss, Mary Cody, attachment theory, defence mechanisms, destructive behaviour, impulse-control

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