Over 75 insightful illustrations highlight almost every common issue that students face in their field work and demonstrate how each situation can be handled. Clearly identified topics in each chapter guide social work students through the many pitfalls and relationships of field work, including how to enter an agency and what professional comportment looks like. A focus on key relationships (with field instructor, agency staff, faculty advisor, authority, and the all-important client relationship) helps prepare students for effective social work practice. Second and third person narration offers a personal approach to field work to keep readers engaged. Practice illustrations, examples from field programs, and guidelines help students review and master key skills. Useful strategies for dealing with the many conflicting demands of family and friends and ways of managing the effects of personal history on field work help students deal with the feelings and challenges they will encounter in the intricate relationships they must sustain with clients, field instructors, and faculty advisors.

Managing Stressful Relationships and Demands

Managing Stressful Relationships and Demands

Managing stressful relationships and demands


Social work students may encounter a number of potential stressors during their time in field placement. They must manage the unfamiliar role relationships of student to client and student to field instructor. They will be called upon to address unrecognized personal issues that may impact their professional functioning. Along with that, family demands will impede upon the student. The sum total of these unfamiliar demands may cause unrelenting stress.

This chapter highlights issues you will encounter in your relationships during field placement and provides tools to help you cope.

Managing Stressful Relationships with Clients

There are bound to be clients who leave unforgettable marks on you as a student. These are the clients whose emotions you will bring ...

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