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Wholistic self-care for the social worker: a qualitative study positioning “the physical” in an Indigenous model of care practices for social workers

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dc.contributor.supervisor Dennis, Mary Kate (Social Work) en_US
dc.contributor.author Woodward, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-11T16:36:12Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-11T16:36:12Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2019-08-26T20:38:29Z en
dc.identifier.citation APA en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/34211
dc.description.abstract My research explored the wholistic health and self-care (wellness) practices of ethnically diverse female social workers in Manitoba, Canada. This qualitative research study specifically explored how positioning the physical realm of health within Indigenous spirituality practices can benefit and promote the development of wholistic health and self-care practices for social workers. This research study used a Medicine Wheel model to create a physical well-being intervention program combined with Indigenous spirituality to address balance and wholistic self-care practices for social workers. This study encouraged 13 women-identified participants to explore their personal stories of wholistic self-care. Participants completed pre-interviews prior to the physical intervention start date to assess their current knowledge of wholistic self-care, if and how they were currently practicing self-care, and to identify the challenges and barriers to self-care. The physical wellness intervention included ten sessions, took place one day per week, and included the following wellness activities: yoga, fitness classes, Ojibwe Full Moon Ceremony, Indigenous Sweat Lodge, beading and kickboxing. Each wellness activity began with a “check-in circle” and smudging ceremony and closed with a “check-out circle”. Each wellness activity was facilitated by the appropriate leader (further described below). A guided program and space was created for women in the social work profession to allow them to acknowledge their personal and professional stressors and to increase wholistic self-care practices to cope with and prevent burn out, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. To close the study, post-interviews were completed by all participants to capture each of their individual stories and intervention experiences. The interviews gave space for the women to capture the benefits and lessons that they learned, or to acknowledge challenges with participation and with self-care. The pre- and post-interviews were used to tell the stories of the participants and their journey of wholistic self-care and wellness. This research supported the participants to continue doing their “heart” work (social work) of helping children, youth, adults and families while providing a consistent, safe space to explore their personal and professional balance as helpers and practice their own wholistic self-care practices. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Self-care en_US
dc.subject social workers en_US
dc.subject wholistic self-care en_US
dc.subject wellbeing en_US
dc.subject burnout en_US
dc.subject compassion fatigue en_US
dc.subject vicarious trauma en_US
dc.subject helping profession en_US
dc.subject wholistic health en_US
dc.subject Indigenous spirituality en_US
dc.subject Indigenous ceremony en_US
dc.title Wholistic self-care for the social worker: a qualitative study positioning “the physical” in an Indigenous model of care practices for social workers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.type master thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Azure, Ed (Social Work Indigenous Knowledge Holder) McRae, Heather (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2019 en_US


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