The Mindful Social Worker

The Mindful Social Worker

Living your best social work life

Barbara Starns


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Mindfulness and social work values go hand in hand and this book is the perfect guide in self-care for social workers who want to incorporate mindfulness into their working lives to positive effect. Looking after your mental health in your working life is so important so that you can do the best job you can and learning mindfulness is a great way to incorporate this.

Studies have suggested that mindful social workers can have greater emotional awareness with less emotional reactivity, develop stronger interpersonal skills, and other valuable skills that are important for a relationship-based practice. The Mindful Social Worker gives the reader mindfulness guidance to not only improve themselves but also see how this can have an impact on their work.

In this book, the reader will be provided with practice tools such as meditation and relaxation techniques to help the practitioner to be more present and have a stronger propensity to reflection. Case study reflection and self-assessments are also used in this book to enable any practitioner from students and the newly qualified to the experienced social worker or care professional. 

This is all done within the framework of professional standards for Social Work education and practice, showing how much mindfulness can relate to the social work profession.



Barbara Starns:

Barbara Starns has practiced as a social worker and social work manager working predominantly in the field of safeguarding. She managed services that assure the quality of the provision of adult social care, as well as becoming a Safeguarding Adults Board Manager. Barbara currently works as an Independent Consultant and Trainer in Adult Social Care, as well as carrying out doctoral research into digital engagement and inclusion.