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Commentary from a practitioner perspective

Rosemary Gordon

in Developing reflective practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342386.003.0008
Commentary from a practitioner perspective

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This chapter presents commentaries on the cases of direct social work with the children presented in the previous chapters from a practitioner's perspective. It suggests that Patrick Lonergan failed to recognise that the issues of separation and loss and transitions of his patient currently mirrored his own life. It commends Mary Cody's review of attachment theory and the development of defence mechanisms to understand the causes of her patient's destructive behaviour and lack of impulse-control.

Keywords: social work; children; practitioner's perspective; Patrick Lonergan; separation and loss; Mary Cody; attachment theory; defence mechanisms; destructive behaviour; impulse-control

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