A social work audit and planning tool to promote radical, authentic, self-care, 2021
Social work is a demanding profession because it involves dealing with human suffering and managing adversity, risk and uncertainty in ways that can render us vulnerable to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of ill-health.
The exceptional period of duress we have recently lived through, where we have practiced ‘social work in extremis’, calls for an exceptional response; namely a proactive, radical approach to professional health and resilience. Whilst the primary responsibility for cultivating professional resilience rests with the employer, practitioners also have a role to play in safeguarding their own health and wellbeing through radical, authentic self-care.
The purpose of this learning tool is to help you reflect on what you have learned about yourself during the recent era of multiple disasters and pandemics; underline the importance of radical, authentic self-care for social work practitioners and help harness learning to support post traumatic growth.