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ERIC Number: ED001070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Sep
Pages: 11
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SOME SUGGESTIONS CONCERNING THE "FIRST STAGE" IN THE CLIENT-CASEWORKER RELATIONSHIP.
REISSMAN, FRANK
THE FIRST STAGE IN A CLIENT-CASEWORKER RELATIONSHIP BEGINS WITH THE INITIAL INTERVIEW AND PROCEEDS THROUGH THE FIRST FOUR OR FIVE MEETINGS. LOWER CLASS CLIENTS ARE MORE INCLINED TO ACCEPT DIRECTIVE AUTHORITY WHEN IT IS COMBINED WITH INFORMAL FRIENDLINESS. BASED ON THIS ASSUMPTION, SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS ARE PRESENTED TO GUIDE SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE FIRST STAGE. FIRST, ENCOURAGING THE CLIENT TO SIMPLY TALK ABOUT HIS PROBLEMS AND FEELINGS SUBJECTIVELY IS PREFERRED TO HAVING HIM ANSWER QUESTIONS ON PLACES, DATES, BACKGROUND, AND OTHER DETAILS. A SECOND SUGGESTION IS FOR THE CASEWORKER TO TALK ABOUT HIMSELF WHERE RELEVANT TO THE CONVERSATION. THIRD, MINIMUM SPECIFIC INFORMATION WHICH NEEDS TO BE RECORDED SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN AFTER THE INITIAL MEETING AT SOME LATER TIME. FINALLY THE CASEWORKER CAN OFFER WHATEVER ADVICE OR SERVICES HE ANTICIPATES MIGHT BE NEEDED IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF CLIENT'S PROBLEMS. A VERY DIFFERENT INITIAL APPROACH WHICH SHOULD BE EXPLORED IS ROLE-PLAYING. BEGINNING ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS WITH THE CLIENT AND CASEWORKER, ROLE-PLAYING FURNISHES AN EXCELLENT TRANSITION TO GROUP SESSIONS AND FAMILY COUNSELING. ROLE-PLAYING HAS THE POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES OF REDUCING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN CLIENT AND WORKER BY PARTICIPATING TOGETHER IN DRAMATIC SITUATIONS, OF LESSENING THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF A DIRECTIVE APPROACH, AND OF PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CLIENT TO EXPRESS ANGER, HOSTILITY, AND OTHER EMOTIONS.
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Authoring Institution: Mobilization for Youth, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: NEW YORK; New York (New York)