An Introduction to Use of Self in Field Placement

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Use of self in public

If you run into your client in the grocery store there is no use of self. The rules of confidentiality must dictate all our actions. We must pretend not to know the client. If the client says hi to us we respond with the same.

Cate 150 days ago

use of self in public

almost entirely incorrect, we have the respect and awareness to allow the person we work for and with open up to us , if they do we act accordingly and if they dont we then respect that.

Adrian McKenna 50 days ago

Response to Adrian

I may be misunderstanding, but I think you are actually agreeing with Cate's comment, which was to speak to the client if the client speaks to you first.

SocialWorker.com 50 days ago

"Use of self" metaphor

It's been said that I never metaphor I didn't like ... said by me, but that's another story. When I supervised social work students in my agency (I also ran a weekly seminar for all students, including music and art therapies & rehab), I'd explore "use of self" through comparison with a placenta. A mother's placenta lets through what will nourish, while blocking what might be harmful to the fetus, even if it is harmless to the mother.

As therapists, we don't have a bodily organ for this function (nor does a mother after the birth). We have to decide as we interact what will nourish, what might harm, what is too early to introduce. This is a major function of a self-observing ego, watching over what we say. From asking a question to introducing a topic to self-disclosure, I need to be aware, to know that I'm saying this for the client's benefit, never my own. My needs have other venues to be met in; my time here is fully for the client.

Tony Vazquez more than 2 years ago

Great gift book for social work graduates!

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