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School for Social Work


Attachment behavior in children, Foster children-Psychology, Foster children-Mental health services, Social work with children, Social workers-Psychology, Social workers-Supervision of, Self-efficacy, Attachment based treatment, Foster care, Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), Parallel experiences


This mixed-methods online survey sampled 42 social workers who provide attachment based treatment to children in foster care. The hypothesis, positing that there would be a positive correlation between attachment based treatment self-efficacy and knowledge of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, quality of supervision, and interagency collaboration, was not statistically proven. However, the qualitative portion of the study revealed that clinical social workers do have experiences that parallel those of foster care children and that talking about these experiences in supervision is beneficial. Practice implications included the necessity of engaging caregivers in treatment and collaborating with external agencies when providing attachment based treatment to children in foster care. The importance of quality supervision for clinical social workers providing this type of treatment was also highlighted. Finally, the obligation to examine the utility and existence of agency based policies regarding interagency collaboration strategies was also elucidated in the study findings.




v, 144 p. : ill. Dissertation (Ph.D.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-126)