'Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others' : social work educators' perspectives on an 'emotional curriculum'

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/581940
Title:
'Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others' : social work educators' perspectives on an 'emotional curriculum'
Authors:
Grant, Louise Jane; Kinman, Gail ( 0000-0002-0130-1708 ) ; Baker, Sarah
Abstract:
It is widely recognised that social workers need to be emotionally resilient to protect their well-being and practice in an increasingly stressful profession. Research has identified some of the competencies that underpin resilience in social workers together with ways in which they may be enhanced. Little is known, however, about social work educators’ views on the concept of resilience and the development of an ‘emotional curriculum’ more generally. This paper reports the findings of a mixed-methods study of social work course leaders working in English HEIs. It explores several issues surrounding emotional resilience and its importance in underpinning sustainable self-care strategies, well-being and optimum practice. Also examined is the perceived usefulness of strategies currently utilised within English HEIs to enhance well-being in social work students’ and educators’ perceptions of other strategies emerging from recent research. Thirty-five course leaders completed an online questionnaire which was followed up by thirteen semi-structured interviews. Social work educators were unanimous in considering an evidence-based ‘emotional curriculum’ to be vital in order to develop healthy, satisfied and competent practitioners. A wide range of innovative teaching, learning and support initiatives to build resilience were identified. Opportunities and barriers to the successful implementation of an emotional curriculum at an institutional and national level are explored.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Grant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014) ''Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask before Assisting Others': Social Work Educators' Perspectives on an 'Emotional Curriculum'' British Journal of Social Work first published online July 7, 2014 doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu066
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
7-Jul-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/581940
DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcu066
Additional Links:
http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcu066
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0045-3102; 1468-263X
Appears in Collections:
Research Centre for Applied Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGrant, Louise Janeen
dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-09T13:19:57Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-09T13:19:57Zen
dc.date.issued2014-07-07en
dc.identifier.citationGrant, L. & Kinman, G. (2014) ''Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask before Assisting Others': Social Work Educators' Perspectives on an 'Emotional Curriculum'' British Journal of Social Work first published online July 7, 2014 doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcu066en
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102en
dc.identifier.issn1468-263Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcu066en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/581940en
dc.description.abstractIt is widely recognised that social workers need to be emotionally resilient to protect their well-being and practice in an increasingly stressful profession. Research has identified some of the competencies that underpin resilience in social workers together with ways in which they may be enhanced. Little is known, however, about social work educators’ views on the concept of resilience and the development of an ‘emotional curriculum’ more generally. This paper reports the findings of a mixed-methods study of social work course leaders working in English HEIs. It explores several issues surrounding emotional resilience and its importance in underpinning sustainable self-care strategies, well-being and optimum practice. Also examined is the perceived usefulness of strategies currently utilised within English HEIs to enhance well-being in social work students’ and educators’ perceptions of other strategies emerging from recent research. Thirty-five course leaders completed an online questionnaire which was followed up by thirteen semi-structured interviews. Social work educators were unanimous in considering an evidence-based ‘emotional curriculum’ to be vital in order to develop healthy, satisfied and competent practitioners. A wide range of innovative teaching, learning and support initiatives to build resilience were identified. Opportunities and barriers to the successful implementation of an emotional curriculum at an institutional and national level are explored.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcu066en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to British Journal of Social Worken
dc.subjecteducation emotionsen
dc.subjectreflectionen
dc.subjectresilienceen
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectstudentsen
dc.title'Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others' : social work educators' perspectives on an 'emotional curriculum'en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
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