Using Social Work Theory for the Facilitation of Friendships

Jerry Finn
Michelle D. Garner, University of Washington Tacoma
Jen Wilson


Positive friendships are essential to human development and resilience. In spite of the importance of friendships, few social work models have been developed to help clients establish or maintain friendships. This article explores how clinical theories of social work, and their associated practice interventions, can guide social workers in helping their clients improve their friendship relationships.