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Radka Janebová

Selected Principles of Critical Social Work in the Context of Control of Involuntary Clients


THEORETICAL BASE: Critical social work and the use of control in social work in their principles may seem contradictory at first glance. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the text is to present four selected principles of critical social work that can be used in working with involuntary clients during the preparation phase, the initial stage of the negotiation of the conditions of cooperation, the phase of the assessment of the client’s life situation and the phase of choice of intervention. METHODS: The article attempts to find the intersection between the two ways of working through the analysis of documents. OUTCOMES: The principle of critical reflection of the oppressive role of social work, the principle of clarification of the meta-level of the control situation, the principle of assessment of individual problems in relation to their structural causes and the principle of minimal intervention are presented. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: Described principles may be useful for social workers during balance between help and control with the incorporation of the critical perspective.


social work, critical principles, control, involuntary client

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