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Resilience Enhancement in Social Work Field Education



Year of publication 2022
Type Chapter of a book
Description Since the 1980s, the issue of strengthening resilience has become more prevalent in social work. Initial efforts to enhance the client's resilience turned focus onto enhancing resilience for social work students and social workers as well. This chapter focuses on supporting resilience in the field education of social work students. The resiliency concept focuses on finding new ways and new adaptation mechanisms despite challenging conditions. The term “resilience” in field education is a concept that includes dynamic relationship-development processes through which the student can adapt and thus achieve well-being, despite having a difficult life situation in connection with their field practice. We speak about the importance of resilience-building in those settings where interactions between subjects and their environments imply the risk of adversity or where adversity occurs. The chapter will aim to answer the question: “How can we strengthen the resilience of social work students in field education?” To answer this question, a theoretical analysis is used, specifically the results of international empirical studies that deal with the application of the resilience concept to the education of social work students. The author draws on her many years of experience as a supervisor and coordinator of students’ fieldwork at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and introduces the principles of the curriculum of practical education of social work students.

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