1st Edition

Promoting Health and Well-being in Social Work Education

Edited By Beth R. Crisp, Liz Beddoe Copyright 2013
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social work educators can play an important part in ensuring that the promotion of health and well-being is firmly on the social work agenda for service users, as well as for students and educators. Nevertheless, this has not been a priority within social work education and presents a challenge which requires some re-thinking in terms of curriculum content, pedagogy, and how social workers respond to social problems. Furthermore, if the promotion of health and well-being is not considered a priority for social workers, this raises important questions about the role and relevance of social work in health, and thus poses challenges to social work education, both now and in the future.

    This book contains contributions from social work educators from Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. They reflect on how best to prepare students to put health and well-being to the forefront of practice, drawing on research on quality of life, subjective well-being, student well-being, community participation and social connectedness, religion and spirituality, mindful practices, trauma and health inequalities.

    This book is an extended version of a special issue of Social Work Education.

    1. Introduction Beth R. Crisp, Deakin University, Australia and Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    2. Social work and health: Knowledge and identity in challenging times Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    3. The contribution of social work and social interventions across the life course to the reduction of health inequalities: A new agenda for social work education? Esther Coren, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, Wendy Iredale, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Deborah Rutter, Social Care Institute for Excellence, UK and Paul Bywaters, Coventry University, UK

    4. Health and Wellness: Starting with a Critical Pedagogical Model Rachelle Ashcroft, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    5. Teaching trauma: Critically engaging with a troublesome term Jaye Marlow and Carole Adamson, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    6. Developing wellbeing as a critical tool in social work education: An example from the field of learning disability Graeme Simpson, University of Wolverhampton, UK

    7. From theory toward empathic self care: Creating a mindful classroom for social work students Maria Napoli, Arizona State University, USA and Robin Bonifas, Arizona State University, USA

    8. The feeling of being a social worker: Including yoga as an embodied practice in social work education Jo Mensinga, James Cook University, Australia

    9. If a holistic approach to social work requires acknowledgement of religion, what does this mean for social work education? Beth R. Crisp, Deakin University, Australia

    10. Work-life balance: Practitioner well-being in the social work education curriculum Christa Fouché and Kathy Martindale, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    11. Do challenges to students' beliefs, values and behaviour within social work education, have an impact on their sense of well-being? Mel Hughes, University of Bournemouth, UK

    12. Older women and craft: extending educational horizons in considering wellbeing Jane Maidment, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand and Selma Macfarlane, Deakin University, Australia

    13. Conclusion Beth R. Crisp, Deakin University, Australia and Liz Beddoe, University of Auckland, New Zealand


    Beth R. Crisp is Professor in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Australia. Her teaching and research interests include addressing poverty and social exclusion, the relationship between religion and spirituality with social work practice, and workforce development.

    Liz Beddoe is Associate Professor in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her teaching and research interests include critical perspectives on social work education, professional supervision, the professionalization project of social work, interprofessional learning and the development of health social work.