Social Work as Encountering

By David Weiss

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1970

The author argues that the need for true encounter, Buber's "I-Thou relationship," is essential to each person's life. Existential crises create fearful challenges that social workers can address by affirming the other's I-ness. Thus, being present with a client and helping her to recognize and accept her identity is a valuable and meaningful approach for social workers to master. The author presents an extended example of his interaction with an adopted client who desperately needed help in achieving self-affirmation and acceptance, displaying a model of counseling that epitomizes the social worker's ability to truly encounter his client.

Topic: Empowerment, Social Work, Adoption, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 46/No. 3

Page Number(s): 238-245

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Canada , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Weiss, David. Social Work as Encountering. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1970: 238-245.


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