This case study presents a psychodynamic approach to clinical social work practice with the father of a child who suffered from separation anxiety disorder symptoms. The theoretical background of the study is initially presented, followed by a description of the research setting and its participants. The clinician presents his work through critical incidents of parent and practitioner narratives during the assessment and intervention process. The effectiveness of the intervention with the father/parents and the resulting reduction in the child's symptoms appeared to be the consequence of the father's improvement in his role as both parent and husband, which in turn affected positively the mother's improvement in her parent and wife roles. Support to the father's adult part/strengths and the handling of the practitioner's counter-transference feelings were important parameters in evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention.
- Clinical social work