Thursday, April 10, 2014
Couples Therapy and the Social Work Exam
This article from the NASW handles the legal basics. With a little imagination, you'll be able to cook up a bunch of potential exam items based on the content there. How do you handle a subpoena in a divorce proceeding? Where does confidentiality begin and end when you're working with a couple? What do you with secrets in couples therapy--for example, if a member of a couple tells you they're having an affair? Still other questions might try to draw out social worker bias regarding same-sex couples, particularly with regard to adoption. Or rigid attitudes about family planning. Or regarding unconventional approaches to sexuality. Take care to be where the client is!
The internet is a little reticent on couples therapy issues in social work, but here are a few places for additional reading, not all specific to social work (or even to North America):