All social workers encounter complex and diverse forms of loss throughout their practice. Working with Loss, Death and Bereavement helps trainee and practitioners navigate these difficult situations by developing the skills and values necessary for effective and empowering practice. Each chapter is grounded in social work theory and is illustrated by practice scenarios, exercises, suggestions for further study, and contemporary cultural examples from novels and films.

Social Workers within our Agencies: The Need for ‘Relentless’ Self-care

Social workers within our agencies: The need for ‘relentless’ self-care

Chapter Contents

  • The social worker's need for support, or ‘containment’
  • The nature of organizational ‘defences against anxiety’
  • Stress in social work and ‘the fear of feeling’
  • The need for ‘relentless self-care’
  • Models of supervision
  • The place of hope, for ourselves and service users


Throughout this text there has been example after example of confusion in the wider world in the face of loss, death and bereavement. Inevitably social workers are not exempt from being personally affected in various ways, will share these wider difficulties, and have some that are uniquely ours. This chapter explores the degree to which our employing agencies struggle to support and/or offer containment to their workers, building on the ...

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