Using Intrapsychic Humanism to Address Enduring Challenges in Child Welfare Practice, Policy and Research

A Lecture by: Stephen Budde, Ph.D. - Friday, June 9, 2006 Dr. Budde will describe how intrapsychic humanism provides valuable ideas and ideals that can help practitioners and policymakers understand and respond constructively to fundamental child welfare challenges, including how to articulate and pursue humanistic values that underlie many practice reform efforts (e.g. strengths-based practice, empowerment, individualizing services), how to handle the tension between helping and non-helping roles (e.g. monitoring parent behavior), the nature of ethical self-regulation in child welfare practice, and assessing client progress. Dr. Budde has had over 25 years of experience in child welfare as a clinical social worker, researcher, teacher and administrator. He is the Director of Clinical Programs at the Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) and previously was Assistant Professor and Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Dr. Budde is particularly interested in theory and research on the nature of optimal helping relationships and their importance in improving services and outcomes for children and families.