Social Worker–Client Relationships: Social Worker Perspectives

Published on Nov 24, 2019in Australian Social Work
· DOI :10.1080/0312407X.2019.1669687
Wendy Rollins (VU: Victoria University, Australia)
ABSTRACTSocial worker–client relationship practice has always been and remains central to contemporary social work purpose and identity. The professional “helping relationship” can and does enable ...
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