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Using Life Story Work to Enhance Care
Pages 8 (2008 words)
In its general sense, life story work refers to a kind of social intercession for both old and young clients, which emphasises and recognises the roles and influences of one’s past, present and future in the immediate problems or conditions.
The idea of life story work could be traced to the 1960s or just before this period. However, many of the discussions on the use of this intervention on dementia patients, foster care and adoption children became more widespread in the 1980s and later years. Due to these discussions, life story work is currently a well documented concept, especially in the UK where the concept has even been integrated into the adoption legislations (Rusell & Timmons, 2007). Academic and professional discussions and debates have not discussed the application of life story work but also the professionals supposed to be involved in life story work. One of these professionals is the social worker. In this regard, social workers are required to take the critical role of making certain that clients such as children under adoption care or soon to be adopted have a life story record or book. Since social workers are perhaps the bearers of the most accurate information on a child’s background and upbringing and the reasons for which such children were placed under foster or adoption care, it is essential that such information is availed for use in life story work interventions. ...
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