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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Lacan, Jacques, 1901-1981, Subconsciousness, Social service-Methodology, Clinical psychology, Ethics, Psychoanalysis, Social work practice, Qualitative, Social service-Moral and ethical aspects


This qualitative study explores clinical perspectives based on the work of Parisian psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) applied to social work practice. Through in-depth interviews with five Lacanian clinicians residing in North America, this study asks what the unconscious as a clinical reality offers social workers in incorporating and listening for yet another dimension of human experience. The findings from the interviews will contribute to a critical reflection on social work's core values outlined in the code of ethics under the headings of "service," "social justice," "dignity and worth of the person," and "the importance of human relationships". In turn, this may enhance the dialogue on how practitioners of all persuasions conceive of and carry out an ethically grounded practice in today's world.




ii, 68 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 62-64)