The Feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress among Social Workers

The Feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress among Social Workers

The Feasibility of Mindfulness Trainingto Reduce Stress among Social Workers:A Conceptual Paper.

 

Abstract

 

The health and well-being of social workers are attracting attention from researchers,organisations and the profession itself. Since the 1990s, there has been research exam-ining the health and well-being of social workers in relation to working conditionsand occupational stress. However, there is a dearth of literature indicating the evalua-tion and application of effective strategies for work-related stress reduction, particu-larly within the social work profession. Identifying effective and feasible interventionsto reduce occupational stress is prudent to improving not only service delivery, butsimultaneously also the wellness of practitioners. Healthy social workers are likely tobe more effective and productive. Mindfulness intervention studies across a multitude of groups have yielded positive effects, including the alleviation of mental healthdifficulties for numerous populations. However, the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions with social workers is yet to be determined. A scoping review wasconducted to assess the availability and scientific rigour of mindfulness-basedinterventions, and their applicability to social workers. This conceptual paper considers the evidence and the feasibility of applying mindfulness training to address the stress,coping efforts and subsequent health outcomes of social workers, through the theo-retical lens of the Transactional Model of Stress and Coping.

 

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