Emotion management in statutory social work

Vicary, Sarah (2016). Emotion management in statutory social work. In: Social Work seminars, Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education, 25 May 2016, University of Chester.


The twenty first century has, for mental health professionals in England and Wales, been influenced by two broad policy developments. The first concerns the suggested integration of the professional workforce across health trusts and local social service authorities most recently encapsulated in the Care Act, 2014. The second concerns the reform of mental health legislation in England and Wales, in particular the reorganisation of statutory roles. This seminar will discuss the findings of a current doctoral study exploring the role and experiences of Approved Mental Health Professionals, one such statutory role. This seminar will focus on the use of emotions, both positive and negative, in undertaking the role and will discuss how these are managed by individual workers. Such management of emotions arguably applies throughout social work. The seminar will allow an opportunity to explore this more widely.

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