Offer a suggestion for how psychodynamic theory can be incorporated into practice with a particular population.

Respond to at least two colleagues in one of the following ways:

•Offer a suggestion for how psychodynamic theory can be incorporated into practice with a particular population. Be sure to describe the population in your response.

•Expand on an opposing colleague’s post by explaining whether their perspective changed your view on psychodynamic theory’s consistency with social work values and ethics, why or why not.

Colleague 1: Dalicia

An explanation of how experiences in infancy might affect future relationships and social/emotional functioning as described by psychodynamic theories. Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda (2012) stated that “in the oral stage (from birth through 12 or 18 months) the infant explores the world through the mouth, which is also the primary source of gratification.” This shows that during the infant stage things are important especially the bond between the infant ant their mother. Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda (2012) stated that this stage is where the infant is able to being development of mother who is not available to meet the id’s demands; which means the love and hate that an infant experience can have a major impact on their future relationships and social/ emotional functioning. If an infant do not experience love during infant stage would make it hard for the infant as it get older to show and give love to others due to no experience of love.

Then, explain whether you find these theories consistent with social work ethics and values, why or why not. I do not find the theories consistent with the social work ethics and values. I feel that theories have the growth of an infant and child to be more than their age group. I do agree that infants can feel when a mother is distinct from them but depending on the infant development they may cannot experience these emotions until the stage of age 2 and 3 years old. I do feel that how a child is raised would have an effect on the way they look at the world and this is where the social work ethics and values come in. Social work values and ethics due believe that many things are driven by individual’s childhood experiences.


Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., & Canda, E. R. (2012). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.




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