Basic Assumptions and Basic Ingredients

Sharon B. Berlin

in Clinical Social Work Practice

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195110371
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865680 | DOI:
 Basic Assumptions and Basic Ingredients

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This chapter provides an initial explanation of the basic concepts underlying the Cognitive-Integrative (C-I) perspective. It elaborates on the idea that people are fundamentally meaning makers and that the cognitive-emotional meanings that they construct are products of available information and memory patterns of past experiences. The chapter goes on to consider the implications of this notion for human functioning and change (particularly, the idea that information that does not fit with memories of the past can be a force for change) and presents an orientation to practice that follows from it. The chapter also reviews the intellectual heritage of the C-I perspective, along with its empirical status, value position, and ideological bent.

Keywords: basic concepts; meaning makers; available information; memory patterns; discrepant information; theoretical underpinnings; values; ideology; empirical status

Chapter.  15245 words.  Illustrated.

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