Our purpose in the next three chapters is to explore as clearly as possible the main features of a combined psychodynamic and systemic approach to social work practice. For the sake of clarity we have decided in the first place to treat ‘psychodynamics’ and ‘systems’ as separate bodies of theory, and then to attempt to bring them together by showing how they provide different perspectives on the same basic phenomena. In subsequent chapters this bringing together of the two approaches, this working synthesis, will be applied directly to practice.
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