Building competency in self-care for social work students: a course-based case study

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Abstract

There is increasing recognition that social work educators must do more to ensure that social work students transitioning into the profession are prepared to engage in adept self-care practices. However, documented curricular efforts targeted at meeting this aim are few. This paper documents the impact of a credit-bearing self-care course on student (N = 40) competency about self-care. The course occurred in a social work education program at a large public institution in the United States. The researcher used a pre-experimental (e.g. pre/post) design to assess course outcomes. Results indicate significant improvements in student knowledge about self-care, skills related to engaging in self-care practices, and value related to self-care. After a review literature, this paper will provide a foundational overview of the course, delineate outcome variables and measures, explicate evaluative findings, and discuss salient implications derived from this endeavor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-269
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work Education
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2020

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Keywords

  • Self-Care
  • curriculum
  • social work education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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