Social Worker Shame in Child and Family Social Work: Inadequacy, Failure, and the Struggle to Practise Humanely

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    Abstract

    Social workers operate within a complex environment where the failure to live up to
    expectations can lead to negative self-judgements or negative judgements from others, a sense of inadequacy and not feeling ‘good enough’. This paper conceptualises such issues through the lens of ‘social worker shame’ defined through a psychosociocultural understanding of the emotion. The effect of social worker shame on social workers’ wellbeing and practise is considered and begins to conceptualise how an organisation can become shame-sensitive and practitioners shame-resilient with the aim of reducing the potential impact of social worker shame on practise.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)417-431
    JournalJournal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community
    Volume28
    Issue number4
    Early online date28 Apr 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Social Work
    • Shame
    • Practice
    • Decision Making

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