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    Psychodynamics And Cognitive-Behavioral Principles: Case Study

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    9 pages in length. The writer discusses psychodynamics and cognitive-behavioral principles as they relate to elderly needs, both perceived and real. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

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    profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed,  and living in poverty" (NASW, 2004). With this in mind, it is clear to see why psychodynamic and cognitive approaches for assessment and intervention are so pertinent to this  overall objective. The cast of characters in this particular case study includes one hundred ninety-three upper-middle-class suburban New Jersey elderly people who were  suspected of reaching out to their physicians with minor and/or nonexistent medical problems as a means by which to obtain "reassurance, support, and other socioemotional needs" (Azzarto, 1993, p. 40).  A family practice residency program provided the foundation upon which the study was conducted, where faculty and residents provided medical services in two separate settings. This study sought  to affirm the significant absence of social workers who can offer this emotional support, while leaving the medical doctors more readily available to treat those who were truly physical ill.  Psychology as a discipline has come to be an essential element in the overall aspect of human life. Without its influential element,  myriad individuals would not be able to properly function within their world. The practice of psychology has proven to be more than merely a treatment for the affluent or  the crazy; rather, it has been embraced by mainstream society as a means by which people are able to work out various psychological situations. No longer is such treatment  considered taboo in a world where mental imbalance is quite prevalent. "Unlike physical things, mental life contains no independent elements but different moments mutually implicating each other in the 

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