BASW NI & IASW CPD Seminar Leadership Humans or Robots? Nurturing a compassionate culture in social work teams
Wednesday 20th October 12.30pm - 1.45pm
Social work has people and relationships at its heart but the rise of a ‘managerialist’ culture within the profession can seem at odds with this. The rhetoric becomes one of efficiency, targets and performance indicators amid which the importance of humanity, emotion and connection can be lost.
This workshop will explore some of the tensions in the current day culture of social work and consider:
The place of relationship-based and person-centred practice in a target and efficiency focused culture.
The relationship between emotion and professionalism, and the importance of the ‘soft’ skills of social work.
The need for social workers to feel personally valued in the workplace rather than a ‘cog in the wheel’.
The scope for creative and innovative practice within the constraints of bureaucracy and procedure.
The ways in which positive identity may be supported within the culture of social work and enhance a sense of professional integrity.