Just Like Steve: Transference and Countertransference

Pop Quiz Time! Q.  A client meeting with a social worker for the first time remarks that she felt comfortable during the intake interview because the social worker reminds her of her grandmother, who had a warm and caring disposition, and whom the client was very fond of.  Which concept does this BEST illustrate? A.… Read More Just Like Steve: Transference and Countertransference

Founding Mothers and Fathers: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Social Work Exam

Sigmund Freud and psychoanalytic theory, both because of their distance in time and development of other psychotherapy theories, are often encased in the glass panels we hold historical old documents and artifacts. However, much of psychoanalytic theory permeates our popular culture (Case in point: how often have we fashioned ourselves as armchair shrinks with our… Read More Founding Mothers and Fathers: Psychoanalytic Theory and the Social Work Exam

Beyond the Study Group: Fostering Relationships with Peer Social Workers

Last Thursday, I went to my first-time event for a Meetup group targeted to therapists in New York City. Four social workers, two licensed mental health counselors, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner walked into a bar…complete the joke at your will. Because we are awesome and low-maintenance (and totally not the stereotype of the stuffy… Read More Beyond the Study Group: Fostering Relationships with Peer Social Workers