chapter  3
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Many clinical social workers refer to themselves as psychotherapists-that is, practitioners who treat emotional or mental disorders psychologically, especially through verbal communication (sometimes referred to as the "talking cure"). In most cases, that term does not fully describe their work. Social work clinicians juggle numerous roles; psychotherapy is only one. The nature and number of these roles depends on where a clinician practices, the therapeutic goals, and the client population. In reality, clinical social work is "psychotherapy plus" (Hollis, 1972).