Journal Article

Constructive Social Work and Personal Construct Theory: The Case of Psychological Trauma

Trevor Butt and Nigel Parton

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 6, pages 793-806
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch210
Constructive Social Work and Personal Construct Theory: The Case of Psychological Trauma

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The complex and changing relationship between theory and practice in social work has received increasing attention in recent years. Parton (2000) has advocated a constructionist approach that underlines the similarity between the roles of the researcher and the practitioner. Personal construct theory (Kelly, 1955) is one member of the constructionist family that has particular implications for social work practice. It evolved as a pragmatic approach to psychotherapy, advocating a research supervisor/student model of the practitioner/client relationship. In this article, we elaborate its application to social work practice, drawing on contemporary work in the fields of trauma and loss to illustrate its value.

Keywords: personal constructs; constructionism; theory; practice; trauma; grief

Journal Article.  6543 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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