Psychodynamic ideas are distinctive in social work because they emphasize the importance of people’s feelings and internal conflicts in creating and resolving the problems that they face. They are valued as a rich fund of ideas for practice. In the history of social work, they have had a strong impact on how social work is practised and have helped shape its focus on people’s psychological reactions to their social environment as the source of personal and social problems. Psychodynamic practice, therefore, demonstrates how the problem-solving objective of social work supports the existing social order by helping people to adjust to the society around them.
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