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Social Work Tales: Client as a “Talking Problem”

Urek, Mojca (2005) Social Work Tales: Client as a “Talking Problem”. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 177-185.

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      Abstract

      In social work context clients with their stories are strongly determined by their
      very “client” position, the core of which is a certain “social problem”. Written
      social work documents are often like a detailed list of user’s failures, mistakes,
      weak sides, deficiencies. The focus of writing is often on confirming whether a
      certain behaviour was appropriate or not. The author emphasises that written
      documents are not just dead words in the paper, but a sort of act, an
      intervention: they have real and actual power as professional opinions, reports,
      etc. This article includes recent findings in researching this matter in Slovene
      social work practice and suggests how to improve oral and writing professional
      practices toward more complex storytelling.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Additional Information: Copyright for chapters remain with individual authors at all times and permission should be sought from the author for any reproduction other than for personal use.
      Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 12:55
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:12
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4947

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