Resilience in Social Work In times of crisis

R​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​eflective Journal: Resilience in Social Work In times of crisis, social workers play a key role in meeting the needs of those individuals and families who are disadvantaged and most vulnerable. Due to the nature of their work, however, many of them are at a high risk of experiencing distress such as burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress. Resilience serves as a buffer against the negative impact of that distress, and thus, developing resilience is more crucial than ever for enhancing their confidence and competence in these challenging times. This reflective journal task was designed to bolster your resilience as a future social worker and reduce emotional distress you have experienced in the coronavirus crisis. To achieve these goals, you should reflect on how your resilience affected how you dealt with any setbacks and barriers, and what you have learned from this for your social work practice. In this reflective journal, • Describe a ‘critical’ incident that you encountered or experienced during the COVID- 19 situation. How did you deal/cope with that incident? Identify the emotions that were present in yourself and others at that time. Critically assess you​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​r resilience (for example, what factors contributing to your resilience?) • Reflecting on what you have learned about practice frameworks in the workshops, discuss how your incident relates to your social work practice (for example, what theory, methods and models of social work will guide your work, why and how?)

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