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Resilience and Personal Effectiveness for Social Workers

Resilience and Personal Effectiveness for Social Workers

First Edition

July 2016 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Social work in the 21st century is facing great change and upheaval in a period of Government austerity measures. From worsening pay rates to limited resources, these are increasingly challenging times in which social workers practice. It is therefore important that social work students are prepared for the realities of working within the modern social care system - that they have the tools and skills to care for themselves, and not just others.


This book is a straightforward guide on how to cope with the stress and pressures of today’s social work environment by developing the right skills and knowledge. It will help students learn from a very early stage how to be at their best; from developing strategies to look after themselves and making the best use of supervision to the support they need to dealing with bullies and/or difficult people - all essential guidance on how to improve their health and mental wellbeing and prepare them to manage the challenges they will face.

Chapter 1 - Stress and the Social Work Role
Chapter 2 - The Psychology of Resilience
Chapter 3 - Valuing Our Own Health and Wellbeing and Improving Work/Life Balance
Chapter 4 - Time Management
Chapter 5 - Making Effective use of New Technology and New Work Styles to Enhance Practice
Chapter 6 - Facing up to Conflict, Discrimination and Bullying in the Workplace
Chapter 7 - Making the Most of Supervision and Other Sources of Support
Chapter 8 - Leading and Following for Effective and Efficient Practice
Chapter 9 - Choosing Mindful Practice and Building a Resilient Career

Social work is not an easy profession: . Jim Greer's book provides an excellent review of this area, which will be essential reading for all those wanting to build a long-lived career. It combines a thorough review of the evidence with practical exercises and examples that make this much more than a textbook - it is more like a survival manual. I would recommend it to any student or social worker.

Donald Forrester
Professor of Child and Family Social Work. Director, CASCADE - Centre for Children's Social Care Research and Development

The world is never how it should be or how we want it to be, but this book helps in getting through.

Chris Yuill
Lecturer of Sociology, Robert Gordon University

This book is a ‘must-read’ for anyone involved in people-work. Its contents are both a challenge and a gift to busy overstretched practitioners.

Bernard Moss
Emeritus Professor, Staffordshire University

A good resource to develop practice for this cohort of students as well as supporting their managerial roles.

Mrs Sharon Gayter
Business School, Teesside University
August 30, 2022

This book provides some very useful information around resilience . Easy to understand.

Marie Price
Childhood, Social Work & Social Care, Chichester University
February 10, 2020

A relevant book for any social work practitioner and student to have.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research (Medway Campus), University of Kent
December 13, 2018

No doubt social work can be a stressful but very rewarding role and this book enables the individuals to identify the importance of building resilience within practice and also recognising the importance of being able to share practice issues with colleagues and supervisors.

Mr Gary Michael Parle
Health, Social Studies & Early Years, New College Durham
September 30, 2016

Lots of great advice and practical tips

Shehzad Malik
Institute of Lifelong Learning (Counselling Dept), University of Leicester
September 13, 2016

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