Cognitive-behavioural social work with children

Tammie Ronen*

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Summary: The paper aims to explore the complex and important links between interventions with children, cognitive therapy, and social work. Although children comprise about half of the referrals to social work services, they do not generally receive direct treatment in these settings. Social workers are involved with children in the roles of mediator or counsellor and as the supervisor who is concerned with the placement of the child in appropriate settings. When the need for direct therapeutic intervention arises, children are usually referred to educational or clinical psychologists. Social work as a profession has been founded upon a psychodynamic approach; however, social workers have always been concerned with effective treatments, the definition of clear goals, and the clarification of client needs. These features link social work to cognitive-behavioural therapy. Cognitive therapy, although not frequently used with children, is presented in this paper as a means for conducting direct interventions with children which fulfil social work's basic targets and needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-285
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1994


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