Psychodynamic supportive psychotherapy techniques in clinical social work practice with parents

Georgios Karpetis

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    Abstract

    In this study, the author researched his clinical practice in a community mental health center with six parental couples whose latency-aged children suffered from prevalent separation anxiety disorder symptoms. Through thematic analysis of the anamnestic process recordings of 53 parent sessions, the author's speculation on the effectiveness of the supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy techniques to psychodynamic clinical social work practice with parents was confirmed. Nine of thirteen supportive psychodynamically grounded therapy techniques were highlighted, whereas the clinical practice produced three more. The techniques permeated and shaped the author's clinical social work intervention, and a follow-up confirmed the reduction in mental health symptoms for the children and also increased parental satisfaction in response to the interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-89
    Number of pages27
    JournalSMITH COLLEGE STUDIES IN SOCIAL WORK
    Volume82
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

    Keywords

    • clinical social work
    • parents
    • practitioner research
    • psychodynamic
    • supportive psychotherapy
    • techniques

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