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The Use and Care of Self when Engaging in Rights-Based Clinical Practice

  • S. Megan BertholdEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Rights-Based Approaches to Social Work book series (SBHRSWP)

Abstract

The concluding chapter, Chapter 5, examines the social work practitioner’s use and care of self in engaging in rights-based practice. Human rights instruments that support social workers’ right to leisure, health and well-being are identified. The practitioner’s ethical duty to remain deeply self-reflective and aware of the impact of his or her work and approach on self and those they work with is also highlighted. Application of cultural humility and other core principles of a rights-based approach to practice are infused throughout this chapter. The vital need for social workers to deepen their skills of self-awareness and continually reflect on their own values, biases, assumptions and prejudices is promoted in order to safeguard and realize the rights of those they serve. Attention to assessing, preventing and attending to the practitioner’s vicarious or secondary trauma and the impact of countertransference reactions on the therapeutic relationship is included, and readers are introduced to the concept of vicarious resilience. Recommendations are presented to advance self-care and the clinical practitioner’s ability to engage with the pain, distress and trauma of those they serve in a therapeutic fashion in keeping with a rights-based approach to practice. Finally, a call for the importance of creating an organizational culture of self-care is made.

Keywords

Social Worker Therapeutic Relationship Clinical Social Worker Trauma Survivor Secondary Traumatic Stress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of ConnecticutWest HartfordUSA

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