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What precisely do they mean, and what type of technique do they imply? (19) They include advice, per­ suasion, friendly exhortation, reassurance, and—in extreme cases— actual intervention and physical control such as removal from home. Whenever the worker uses his personal influence in an attempt to change the client in some way or to affect his behaviour, his inten­ tion is directive. e. respects his authority and believes that he cares—the more likely he is to respond to this kind of guidance and control.

His own moral standards may often seem threatened by the casework needs of a situation. The Roman Catholic worker who has to refer a client to a family planning centre; the atheist who helps a client to re-establish his connections with the Church; a fundamentalist who sends a client to a Freudian clinic; the pacifist who facilitates his client's enlistment into the Army; all these may sometimes feel that they are being untrue to themselves—until they remember that the needs of the client are of paramount importance.

XLVII, No. 10, December 1966: "When an individual seeks professional help, he does so because, consciously or unconsciously, he wants interference in the form of direction. More important, perhaps, is the fact that he wants this direction from someone who knows more about the issues than he does and is, to that extent, different from himself. He may not realise that this difference 25 Authority in Social Casework is related to the competence of the specialist rather than to the worth of the individual human being.

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