1st Edition

Social Workers and Compassion

By Stewart Collins Copyright 2023
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    Social Workers and Compassion is designed to assist social work students, social workers, social work managers, social care workers, and lecturers in developing knowledge, understanding, skills, and values related to various aspects of compassion.

    Focussing on social work in the UK, the various elements of compassion – compassion, compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, self-care, self-compassion, and mindfulness – are clearly located in a systemic, organisational, and structural context. The chapters draw upon evidence-based and evidence-informed sources and present critical perspectives that are linked to existing practices in social work education, social work, and the author’s own experiences.

    Drawing upon literature from social work and health care, social, organisational, work, and positive psychology, and from sociology and social policy from various parts of the world, the book will be of interest to international social work readers as well as professionals and professionals in training in the criminal justice, health care, counselling, and clinical psychology fields. It will be essential reading for social work students, lecturers, social care workers, social workers, and their managers.

    0.Introduction.  1.The Present Context of Social Work in the UK.  2.Compassion.  3.Compassion Fatigue.  4.Compassion Satisfaction.  5.Self-Care to Promote Self-Compassion.  6.Self-Compassion.  7.Mindfulness.


    Stewart Collins was employed for ten years in probation in Leeds. He has been employed as a social work educator in Leeds, Bangor, and, until recently, in Glasgow. Stewart has worked as an External Examiner for many years with various social work courses and continues to do so. He has been, and is, on the editorial boards of various social work journals. Stewart has worked as a volunteer in a wide range of settings. In particular, he has worked for many years, and is currently working, as a volunteer with an agency that assists people experiencing alcohol problems.

    Collins’s balanced and mature, reflective text is a Godsend to today’s student social worker and a clear reminder to long-serving practitioners, educators and academics of the reasons why we enter, educate for and promote social work.

    British Journal of Social Work 2023 1-3.