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This course will focus on a psychodynamic perspective on the treatment of clients who most social workers find challenging because of the severity of their emotional problems, their disturbing way of relating to the worker or the way their situations exacerbate their emotional difficulties.
Specific psychodynamic approaches to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline disorders, narcissistic personalities, antisocial personalities, trauma victims, and anxiety disorders, will be discussed. The focus throughout the course will be on the countertransference challenges that workers struggle with in dealing with these challenging clients and their situations.