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Educating resilient practitioners


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Many social workers face challenges maintaining professional optimism and personal well-being in their chosen career. The retention of capable practitioners is important to employers and the wider profession. This paper reports on elements of an ongoing study into practitioner resilience in social work in health and non statutory practice settings. The project aims to explore experienced social workers' understanding of their resilience in the face of workplace demands and stressors. Findings from a small, qualitative study of experienced practitioners in New Zealand suggest that social work education contributes in multifaceted ways to preparing resilient practitioners. The authors recommend the strengthening of these elements in pre-service education.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social work, social work education, resilience
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Development
Depositing User: Allyson Davys
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 01:39
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:51

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