Self-care Curriculum in College Social Work Programs
Date of Paper/Work
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Type of Paper/Work
Clinical research paper
Lance T. Peterson
Current studies provide evidence supporting the effectiveness of self-care activities on reducing the symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue. The education social workers receive on self-care during their graduate and undergraduate programs was analyzed in this mixed-method study. Researcher analyzed data from a quantitative survey of professional social workers that have completed their graduate or undergraduate degree in Social Work. The results of this study determine that no correlation exists between collegiate self-care education and the frequency of engagement in self-care activity; however, the qualitative data found that respondents place a high importance on self-care education and the social work profession taking a role in the self-care education of its social workers. Findings also include respondents' definition of self-care as holistic well-being and self-care activities as being purposeful with the intent of taking care of ones' self. Further research is necessary to determine what factors contribute to a culture of self-care and how this affects the frequency of engagement in self-care activity.
self-care, professional role, educational coursework, BSW, MSW
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Peterson, Heather, "Self-care Curriculum in College Social Work Programs" (2016). Social Work Master’s Clinical Research Papers. 643.