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: Promoting health and well-being in social work education Beth R. Crisp and Liz Beddoe 2. Social work education and health: Knowledge for practice Liz Beddoe 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, Wendy Iredale, Deborah Rutter and Paul Bywaters 4. Health and Wellness: Starting with a Critical Pedagogical Model Rachelle Ashcroft 5. Teaching trauma: Critically engaging with a troublesome term Jaye Marlow and Carole Adamson 6. Developing wellbeing as a critical tool in social work education: An example from the field of learning disability Graeme Simpson 7. From theory toward empathic self care: Creating a mindful classroom for social work students Maria Napoli and Robin Bonifas 8. The feeling of being a social worker: Including yoga as an embodied practice in social work education Jo Mensinga 9. If a holistic approach to social work requires acknowledgement of religion, what does this mean for social work education? Beth R. Crisp 10. Work-life balance: Practitioner well-being in the social work education curriculum Christa Fouché and Kathy Martindale 11. Do challenges to students' beliefs, values and behaviour within social work education, have an impact on their sense of well-being? Mel Hughes 12. Older women and craft: extending educational horizons in considering wellbeing Jane Maidment and Selma Macfarlane 13. Conclusion: Developing an agenda to promote health and well-being in social work education Beth R. Crisp and Liz Beddoe