If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Practising Reflexivity: Nurturing Humane Practice

Sue White

Practising Reflexivity: Nurturing Humane Practice

Practising reflexivity: nurturing humane practice
Sue White


Research is inextricably bound to social work's history and yet it is erroneously often seen as separate from practice. Whilst it is routinely conceptualised as something upon which practice should properly draw, research skills and methods are not always constructed as absolutely integral to the social work in social work. This chapter explores reflection and reflexivity, characterised as processes of exploring presumptions and presuppositions, and argues for their importance in promoting humane social work practice in ‘just’ organisations. Such arguments have a long pedigree. Mary Richmond, General Secretary of the Baltimore Charity Organization in the late nineteenth century, is widely acknowledged as an early pioneer of social work. She approached the process of ...

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