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On Naturalistic Research

One of the exciting implications of the postpositivist, heuristic paradigm of scientific investigation is that it allows social and behavioral researchers and practitioners simultaneously to uphold their ideals of doing genuine science and to harness the robust possibilities of naturalistic research to study the full complexity of clinical practice.

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Raising a Successful Student From Birth Through Adolescence

We are living in a period in which it is clear that U.S. students are falling behind students from other countries, particularly in math and science.

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Helping Foster Parents Manage the Addiction to Unhappiness in Their Foster Children

When caseworkers help foster parents understand what is driving their foster children’s negative behavior, foster parents will find it easier to maintain their commitment to the children.

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The Privilege of Being a Therapist

A fresh perspective from intrapsychic humanism on caregiving intimacy and the development of the professional self.

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Science, Not Scientism: The Robustness of Naturalistic Clinical Research

Naturalistic research has been overlooked and underutilized owing to the scientism that has colored the thinking of social work researchers and practitioners since the 1950s.

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Doing Good Science Without Sacrificing Good Values

Why the heuristic paradigm is the best choice for social work.

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The Obsolete Scientific Imperative in Social Work Research

In a misguided attempt to be scientific, social work has adopted an outmoded, overly restrictive paradigm of research

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It’s Not Tough, It’s Tender Love

Problem teens need compassion that the “tough-love” approach to child-rearing doesn’t offer them

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Social Casework Practice During the “Psychiatric Deluge”

A number of powerful but untested assumptions continue to influence professional formulations and practices.

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Treating Violent “Untreatable” Adolescents

While intrapsychic humanism asserts that the psychic pain that Freud and others assume to be the inevitable unhappiness of everyday living not only can be treated, but can also be prevented, intrapsychic humanism is not utopian.

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How to Parent Successfully Now So Your Child Will Thrive in the Long Run

What is the best way to parent children so they will make good choices in all areas of their lives?

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How to Know When Psychotherapy is Really Working

Both therapist and client can find it very challenging to assess the effectiveness of an ongoing treatment process.

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Monsters Under the Bed and Superheroes in the Playroom

Enabling children to make sense of what they are feeling is crucial to their healthy development.

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