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Looking Back to See Ahead

In over sixty years of involvement in social work—as practitioner, supervisor, teacher, consultant, and author—Helen Harris Perlman has become all but a legend. She has served on national policy committees, lectured around the world, and participated in pioneering social work programs and research. Her wide-ranging experiences enrich her vision of the social work profession: typically she is able to see the forest and the trees. Grounded in psychodynamic and social theory, lucid, forthright, and compassionate, her writings serve to inspire and guide experienced practitioners, teachers, and present-day students.

Looking Back to See Ahead offers pieces chosen for their centrality to Perlman’s thinking on some of the major problems of social work practice and education. To each essay she has added her current, informal comments. Refreshingly original is the section "After Hours," in which she captures, in sketches and verse, the humor and heartache that are inevitable in any profession that deals with hurt and troubled people.

244 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1989

Social Work

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to What’s Ahead
I. Some Old and New Perspectives
2. Casework: Its Uses and Misuses
3. On the Art of Caring
4. In Quest of Coping
5. Freud: An Appreciation
6. The Client as Worker: A Look at an Overlooked Role
7. Confessions, Concerns, and Commitments of an Ex-Clinical Social Worker
II. Teaching—Gladly and Otherwise
8. The Charge to the Casework Sequence
9. The Use of the Discussion Method
10. Values: Believing and Doing in Professional Education
11. ". . . and Gladly Teach"
III. After Hours
12. Miltie and Me
13. Ballad for Old-Age Assistance
14. People Are Crazy All Over
15. Lines Written after Prolonged Immersion in Freud, Hartmann, Piaget et alii
16. A Note on Sibling
17. Looking toward Deciding: Book Department
18. Jabberpsyche
19. Children in Exile
IV. A Long Look Back
20. Looking Back to See Ahead

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