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The article concerns the connection between the theory behind social work and the theory and actual practice of child psychoanalysis. The author argues that both disciplines take from psychoanalytic theory to help explain technique, development and motivation. What is most important in social work theory is the way that the relationship between the client and the social worker is viewed as a medium of change. In addition to this, there is a commitment to social justice, and also the basic premis of "starting where the person is" rather than where the therapist is. Schmidt goes on to use two case studies to highlight the importance of social work theory in understanding the therapeutic relationship between client and worker.
This is a major piece of research in the field, and so it is clear that what Schmidt writes makes a lot of sense. The borrowing of social work theory from psychoanalysis is very true, and the similarities which she points out, such as what she calls "starting where the person is" and other points are particularly prevalent. These are good points to agree with. Areas that are open to interpretation would be the ways in which social work theory is different from psychoanalysis. After all, although Schmidt does identify some important similarities, they are separate disciplines for a reason, and this is something that seems to be partly overlooked in Schmidt's argument.
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