By Ewan Ingleby

Psychology is a crucial a part of the social paintings syllabus, frequently studied as a separate module within the first yr, but in addition built-in in the educational curriculum. This absolutely up to date version can help scholars comprehend the techniques of psychology and practice them to their very own perform. It exhibits that, for social employees, it will be important for psychology to be studied within the contexts of social care, because it deals power reasons of advanced elements of human behaviour and development.

An assessment of the major mental techniques is given and the writer demonstrates how those could be utilized to social paintings perform.

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39 Chapter 3 Attitudes and beliefs What are attitudes and how can they be measured? The term ‘attitude’ has been defined in a variety of ways in formal psychological studies. A definition that has been popularised is that an attitude is a mental and neural state of readiness organised through experience, exerting a directive and dynamic influence upon the individual’s response to all objects and situations with which it is related (Allport, 1935, p810). Put simply, this means that attitudes are states of mind that affect behaviour and appearance.

By considering what needs to be said at the conclusion of a meeting so that the encounter ends on a note of congruence, best practice can be put into effect. 1 non-verbal communication is explained as being interpersonal communication that is not spoken, including textual and other visual forms of communication. It is a form of communication that can also be defined as including communication by vocal sounds. Body language, eye contact, gaze, posture, body position, smell, touch, appearance, tone of voice and facial expressions are all important aspects of non-verbal communication influencing the service-user/social worker relationship.

According to Berne these crossed transactions produce anxiety and stress. There may be any combination of transactions. A ‘bossy’ authoritarian question such as Why don’t you pull yourself together? (parent to child) could be answered with I don’t need you to tell me what to do! (also parent to child). The central point in Berne’s argument is that we have to analyse our communication and make our transactions ‘adult to adult’ if we are to maximise our skills of interpersonal interaction. Within social work, when many encounters with serviceusers can be characterised with emotion, it is important to ensure as much as possible that our communication is appropriate.

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