Working with Emotions: A Workshop on Reflective Practice
The emotions of social workers have often been described as an obstacle to good social work intervention.
Having a ‘detached attitude’ towards service users is considered one of the fundamental components of being a professional. This approach however excessively simplifies a more complex reality in which empathy, intuition and other “non-rational” components not only appear but are the key ingredients of many successful interventions. Training that aims to help participants experience strategies for exploring and sharing the area of emotions is often neglected. This workshop draws on a series of concepts and approaches, such as Daniel Goleman’s ‘emotional intelligence’, Susan David’s ‘emotional agility’ and ‘self-compassion’ as advocated by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. The participants will be invited to reflectively explore some of their professional experiences that have been emotionally charged. Tools for exploring these experiences will be tested by participants, e.g.: Gibbs’ reflexivity cycle; forms of synthetic reflexive writing (e.g. “bonsai” micro-stories); Paul’s atlas of emotions, and Ekman’s ideas, made popular by the animated film “Inside Out”. Through experimenting with and comparing methods, participants will have the opportunity to grasp the main learning and improvement potential inherent in working with emotions, through a perspective that promotes the well-being not only of those who turn to services, but also of those who work in them.
Participants will be able to:
- Critically reflect on the relationship between emotions and professionalism in social work
- Gain a basic understanding on the main issues related with basic emotions (like shame, anger, disgust, fear, sadness, joy)
- Know and experience some reflective practice tools (reflective framework and writing)
- Learn some strategies to deal with “difficult emotions” during social work practice
Alessandro Sicora, PhD, is associate professor at the University of Trento where he teaches at the Social Work BA and MA. Currently he is Chair of the European Social Work Research Association, a Marie Curie Fellow, Research Associate of the Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His more recent publications are on aggressions against social workers, shame and other emotions and social work
Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:
- Social Workers
- CASAC Renewal upon approval
- APA Psychology
- NYSED Psychology
Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.
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