In this article, the author examines the role of social work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with reference to theory, practice, and pedagogy. The author argues that the COVID-19 crisis is not only a crisis of public health, but also one of ideology. On this basis, the author explores the potential of combining political theory and psychodynamic theory in the context of individual psychotherapy delivered by social workers. The author argues that only through an integration of the political and the psychodynamic will people who are affected by a political-ideological crisis be fully understood and helped. In this sense, political theory and psychodynamic theory should be viewed as complementary, as both can highlight the ways in which a human experience, with its challenges and pain, is constituted by an encounter between the personal and the political. Both theories have practical implications for individual therapy. Finally, through the concept of the "political self," the author discusses how political psychotherapy should be conceived and taught within the critical social work education field.
|Translated title of the contribution||COVID-19, Ideology, and Social Work: Thoughts on Politics and Psychotherapy at a Time of a Pandemic|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||חברה ורווחה: רבעון לעבודה סוציאלית|
|State||Published - 2021|