Applied Psychology for Social Work (Transforming Social Work by Ewan Ingleby

By Ewan Ingleby

Psychology bargains power causes for complicated elements of human behaviour and improvement: accordingly it really is now a major a part of the social paintings syllabus. This available, useful e-book permits scholars to use psychology to their very own perform and considers psychology within the context of social care. As such, it truly is greater than simply one other normal psychology textbook. The textual content provides a transparent evaluate of key mental techniques and demonstrates how those can be utilized to interpret placement reviews. moreover, every one bankruptcy comprises actions which observe psychology to specific social paintings contexts and support to consolidate key abilities.

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Berne argues that all of these categories are present in adults and children. They govern our interpersonal communication. The theory proposes that when people communicate, they do so according to parent, child or adult states. 3 illustrates what Berne means. ‘P’, ‘A’ and ‘C’ refer to parent, adult and child ego states. QXD 25/9/06 2:33 pm Page 33 Chapter 2 Psychology and communication Q. How do you feel today? A. I feel fine! 3, an appropriate ‘adult’ question is asked: How do you feel today? Likewise an appropriate adult response is given: I feel fine!

If you are told that this activity is a simple number trick and that whatever whole number you select between 1 and 10 will always give you a letter ‘D’ (once you follow the instructions) your attitude towards the activity changes. It is not magic – it is a number trick! It could be argued that the activity says a lot about attitude formation. Once something that seems a bit magical is explained our attitude changes. Something that seems novel and unusual becomes old and ordinary. Reflect on how your attitude to the activity is changing and why it is changing if indeed it is changing.

Make a note of situations when you feel that NVC has either been unnoticed or misinterpreted by yourself, a colleague or a service user. What effect, if any, did this ‘breakdown in communication’ have on the interaction as a whole? QXD 25/9/06 2:33 pm Page 31 Chapter 2 Psychology and communication COMM E NT Although your own reflections will be unique in relation to your own experience it is possible to give some general reflections on how insensitivity to NVC impacts upon the professional relationship between a social worker and his or her service users.

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