Solving Relationship Issues Through Sociotherapy

Iveta Bendulová, Beáta Balogová

Medailon autorů:

Iveta Bendulová is an external Ph.D. student of Institute of Educology and Social Work, at the Faculty of Arts, Prešov University in Prešov. In her dissertation, she addresses the topic of Sociotherapy (social therapy) as a fundamental method of social work. She is also a graduate of an accredited course of sociotherapy.

Prof. Beáta Balogová is a Director of Institute of Educology and Social Work, at the Faculty of Arts, Prešov University in Prešov. She is the guarantor of the department and guarantor of sociotherapy course.


OBJECTIVES: The objective of the quantitative research was to find out how and to what extent minors are engaged in the court proceedings regarding their upbringing and maintenance, and whether the court takes their views into account when it comes to decision-making. THEORETICAL BASE: In the process of sociotherapy, we chose a Cognitive-Behavioural Approach and a Task-Oriented Approach. METHODS: We applied social therapy as part of a specialized social counselling with a couple. We applied methods of anamnestic and diagnostic interviews, diagnostic observations, and contact with the couple when needed. To achieve the goals, we used the training of a constructive quarrel and special techniques of sociotherapy. OUTCOMES: Clients’ problems were primarily conflicts, dissatisfaction in social relationships, role-playing problems, social change, and behaviour. Clients have learned the technique of constructive quarrel, improved their communication skills, they manage to prevent crisis situations, and rely on resources and their strengths. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: We have succeeded in meeting the goals we have chosen in cooperation with our clients. Sociotherapy might be useful for future solving relationship problems clients of social work.

Klíčová slova:

sociotherapy, social work, relationship problems, good practice

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