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CURRICULUM MODULES - Holding on Loosely
Dorothea Marie Epple, Ph.D., LCSW
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Abstract:   This course will focus on comparative theories in direct practice. The course will have a primary focus on the role of the therapeutic relationship as the unifying theme of object relations. The breadth and depth of direct practice will be viewed from the following theoretical frameworks; object relations, self-psychology, women's development and the Stone Center, Cognitive and Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. The course will demonstrate the various theoretical models and the implications and limitations of each theory. Evidence Based Practice focuses on the theoretical framework and associated treatment interventions that fit the individual client and the situation. Regardless of the best fit for the individual client situation, students and social workers often identify with a specific theoretical model as the best fit for their style, worldview and past experiences of personal change. This preference of a theoretical model is seldom in the awareness of the social worker or the student. Students are challenged to identify their theoretical preference. Awareness of the preferred model frees the student or social worker to see the limitations and strengths of the model and prepare to use the model that is the best for the client. This assignment will assist students in defining the strengths and weakness of their preferred theoretical model for clinical work.

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