SocialWork Practice Innovations: Helping Clients Understand, Explore, and Develop Their Friendships

Rich Furman, Kathryn Collins, Janet Swanson

Abstract


This article demonstrates the importance of helping clients understand,
explore, and develop friendships in social work practice. The nature of friendships is
explored. A cross-disciplinary analysis of the literature concerning friendships and
their relationship to human health and functioning is discussed. Case examples
illustrating the importance of friendships and examples of the conscious use of
friendships as a target of intervention are provided.

Keywords


Friendship; social support; social work practice

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