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McSwain, B.S. (1998). Fostering Healing and Growth: A Psychoanalytic Social Work Approach. Edited by Joyce Edward and Jean Sanville. Jason Aronson, 1996, 512 pp., $45.00. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(4):1323.

(1998). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 46(4):1323

Fostering Healing and Growth: A Psychoanalytic Social Work Approach. Edited by Joyce Edward and Jean Sanville. Jason Aronson, 1996, 512 pp., $45.00

Review by:
Barbara S. McSwain

Joyce Edward and Jean Sanville have assembled and structured a book that can be used and read in several ways. First, it can be read as a history both of the internal politics and development of psychoanalytic social work, and of the relationship, enriching if uneasy, between psychoanalysis and social work in the United States. Second, the book vividly exemplifies the use of different psychoanalytic theories by social workers in a variety of settings with a range of patients. It thus provides the reader with examples of the usefulness of various viewpoints.

Third, and most important, the book is a kind of transcript of psychoanalytic thinking as it informs not only clinical work with the wider scope of patients, but also within different contexts. Individual papers touch on recovered memories, survivors of violence, forced terminations, use of the telephone, and HIV-infected patients, in addition to more usual subjects such as transference, education, and supervision. The editors, both pioneers in the endeavor to bring psychoanalysis and social work together in a mutually rewarding marriage, have given a timely, contemporary encyclopedia instructing us in the creative use of psychoanalytic ideas.

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McSwain, B.S. (1998). Fostering Healing and Growth: A Psychoanalytic Social Work Approach. Edited by Joyce Edward and Jean Sanville.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(4):1323

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