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Advocating the Clinical Social Work Professional Identity: A Biographical Study

Karpetis, George (2014). Advocating the Clinical Social Work Professional Identity: A Biographical Study. Journal of Social Work Practice,28(1):23-41.

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Title Advocating the Clinical Social Work Professional Identity: A Biographical Study
Author Karpetis, George
Journal Name Journal of Social Work Practice
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0265-0533   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84893761207
Start Page 23
End Page 41
Total Pages 19
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Aiming to portray the clinical social work (CSW) professional identity, the present biographical study examines the CSW knowledge and practice domain boundaries as they appear from the perspectives of three Greek mental health social workers who have advocated for the professionalization of CSW. The practitioners' perspectives are studied in relation to their demographic characteristics, education and training, and multidisciplinary relationships. A thematic analysis of the in-depth interviews revealed that these practitioners retained their nuclear social work identity and felt their skills and interests to be different from those endorsed by the present generic social work education and practice system. The study also revealed differences in the educational qualifications and routes that each of the three practitioners followed in order to be able to identify themselves as ‘clinical social workers’. Although the common denominator in the practitioners' perspectives was their training in psychotherapy, the type of psychotherapy training pursued and the experience of personal psychotherapy differentiated each practitioner's ability to theorize on the CSW practice identity. The research data were filtered through a psychodynamic lens to reveal the dynamics of the unconscious processes within the relationships formed between individuals and organizations.
Keywords Clinical
Social work
Professional identity
Professionalization
Biography
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2013.806888   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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