ERIC Number: EJ879875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Students' Emotions as an Organizing Principle in the Social Work Curriculum
Chung, Irene W.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v30 n1 p75-89 2010
Students' frustration with the lack of measurable progress in their practice has always been a major obstacle for them in learning to use themselves differentially and to effect changes in their clients (Saari, 1986). This article discusses the author's approach to tending to students' emotions as a central component in organizing and teaching in the clinical social work practice curriculum. Case presentations and assignments were used to provide an experiential process to help students appreciate the intrinsic human drives toward the fulfillment of emotional needs, and the power of positive emotions in initiating changes in behavior. They served the dual purpose of sustaining students' motivation in learning as well as owning their practice with clients. In recognizing the importance of tending to their own emotional needs, students also became more adept at enhancing their empathy toward their clients.
Descriptors: Empathy, Emotional Development, Social Work, Teaching Methods, Emotional Experience, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Problems, Learning Processes, Separation Anxiety, Caseworker Approach, Educational Principles
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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