Skip to main content

Black Country Branch Seminar: The science of happiness - How important are happiness and resilience to those who deliver social work?

Join us for the first in a series which will look at self-care and the wellbeing of social workers

Question: Do you want to be working in the misery business or the happiness business?

Our speaker, John Gordon, will be explaining that how we think, feel and behave in relation to the concept of happiness has significant potential to alter how we work, how we feel about our work and possibly the outcomes for those with whom we work for.

John has a significant background in social care and social work with children. This has included experience of working with looked after children, working within youth offending services, and social work education and training; more recently, his work has involved being the well-being and safeguarding manager in a large secondary education setting. He is someone that believes in the importance of happiness and that evidence informed happiness should be a central theme within any field of social work.

Areas we hope to cover:

  1. Examination of the concept of happiness and how it relates to our roles as social workers, those to whom we provide services and to ourselves.
     
  2. Consideration of whether happiness can be measured and whether this is a useful measure.
     
  3. Examination of our understanding of resilience as a concept and whether it can be developed within ourselves and others.
     
  4. What organisations can do to promote optimal functioning when at work.

Joining details will be provided after you book.

Contact gavin.moorghen@basw.co.uk for further details.