Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations by Joan BerzoffFalling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations by Joan Berzoff

Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations

EditorJoan Berzoff

Hardcover | November 29, 2011

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Psychodynamic theory and practice are often misunderstood as appropriate only for the worried well or for those whose problems are minimal or routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. This book shows how psychodynamically informed, clinically based social care is essential to working with individuals whose problems are both psychological and social.

Each chapter addresses populations struggling with structural inequities, such as racism, classism, and discrimination based on immigrant status, language differences, disability, and sexual orientation. The authors explain how to provide psychodynamically informed assessment and practice when working with those suffering from mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and cognitive, visual, or auditory impairments, as well as people in prisons, in orphanages, and on child welfare. The volume supports the idea that becoming aware of ourselves helps us understand ourselves: a key approach for helping clients contain and name their feelings, deal with desire and conflict, achieve self-regulation and self-esteem, and alter attachment styles toward greater agency and empowerment. Yet autonomy and empowerment are not birthrights; they are capacities that must be fostered under optimal clinical conditions.

This collection uses concepts derived from drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, trauma theory, attachment theory, self psychology, relational theories, and intersubjectivity in clinical work with vulnerable and oppressed populations. Contributors are experienced practitioners whose work with vulnerable populations has enabled them to elicit and find common humanity with their clients. The authors consistently convey respect for the considerable strength and resilience of the populations with whom they work. Emphasizing both the inner and social structural lives of client and clinician and their interacting social identities, this anthology uniquely realizes the complexity of clinical practice with diverse populations.

Joan Berzoff is a full professor at the Smith College School for Social Work, where she has twice served as chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment Sequence. She has also been codirector of the doctoral program and directs the End of Life Certificate Program. She is the coauthor of three books: Dissociative Identity Diso...
Title:Falling Through the Cracks: Psychodynamic Practice with Vulnerable and Oppressed PopulationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.1 inPublished:November 29, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023115108X

ISBN - 13:9780231151085


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Table of Contents

1. Why We Need a Biopsychosocial Perspective with Vulnerable, Oppressed, and At-Risk Clients, by Joan Berzoff, MSW, EdD2. Making It Thinkable: A Psychodynamic Approach to the Psychosocial Problems of Prisons and Prisoners, by Elizabeth Kita, LCSW3. "We're Cool, You and Me": A Relational Approach to Clinical Social Work in the City: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Within a Homeless Shelter for Formerly Incarcerated Women and Their Children, by Cara Segal, LICSW4. If I Feel Judged By You, I Will Not Trust You: Relational Practice with Addicted Mothers, by Shirley Cohen Konrad, PhD, LCSW, and Jennifer Morton, DNP, MPH, RN5. Making a Difference: Psychodynamic Views on Race and Racism, by Maria de Lourdes Mattei, PhD6. Navigating the Perils of the Child Welfare System: Applying Attachment Theory in Child Protective Practice, by Gregory Bellow, MSW, PhD7. Holding a Mother--Holding a Baby: Psychosocial Casework in a Clinic for Women with High-Risk Pregnancies, by William S. Meyer, MSW8. Finding Common Ground: The Perils of Sameness and Difference in the Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, by Susanne Bennett, PhD, LICSW, and Charles Rizzuto, MSW, LICSW9. Full of Feelings, Disabled, and Treatable: Working Psychodynamically with Special-Needs Adults, by Joan C. Dasteel, LCSW, PhD, PsyD, BCD10. Seeing Through the Eyes of the Blind: Psychodynamically Informed Work with Persons with Low Vision, by Catherine Orzolek-Kronner, PhD, LCSW-C, and Joan DeSimone, MA, PhD11. What Did You Say? Clinical Practice with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Populations, by Carol B. Cohen, PhD, LCSW-C12. Social Care with the Severely Mentally Ill: Psychodynamic Perspectives, by Joel Kanter, MSW, LCSW-C13. The Return from War: Templates for Trauma and Resilience, by Jaine Darwin, PsyD, ABPP14. Alien to This Country: Treatment Considerations with Immigrant Bilingual Patients, by Efrosini Kokaliari, PhD, LICSW15. When a State Becomes a Parent: Orphanages in a Post-totalitarian Culture: Attachment Theory Perspective, by Galina Markova, PhDConclusion, by Joan Berzoff, MSW, EdDContributorsIndex

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A rich, validating, and educative resource. It offers readers a comprehensive and holistic understanding of complex human challenges.Journal of Teaching in Social Work