The current issue of the Social Work Review (2/ 2022) is dedicated to the role ofart, emotions, and personal development in social work.
As was highlighted in the announcement of this topic, social work can be very challenging for specialists, especially in these turbulent times. Exposure to the suffering of those they assist can have consequences such as burnout, countertransference, compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma. Although until recently research in the field of social work has focused primarily on beneficiaries, it is now increasingly recognized that we need also to acknowledge the efforts of social workers, whose resilience, well-being and balance highly influence the quality of their work.
The articles in this issue eplore a range of topics: the study of opportunities and difficulties faced insocial work in the context of the pandemic; the influence and contribution of art therapy to the field; the use of mind-body techniques in psychotherapeutic processes undertaken with persons experiencing trauma, loss, suffering; well-being, resilience, empathy, and the role of emotions in the field of social work.
We briefly present the articles included in this issue, to which researchers and university teachers from Romania and abroad have contributed.
In Tough times and the professional social work practice: hits and misses, Areeb Habib Khan invites us to explore the professional social worker’s understanding, learning and experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sonya Budeva’s article focuses on opportunities and problems faced in online social work during the pandemic, an important theme in these challenging times.
Alexandra Mitroidiscusses interventions with victims of human trafficking during the pandemic, and reflects on psychotherapeutic practice.
Răducu Răzvan Dobre outlines the challenges of the probation system in the context of the pandemic.
Johanna-Selay Lamers examines empathy in social work, focusing on various techniques that help to prevent traumatic experiences in social work.
Rebeca Cojocaru studies the perceptions of art therapists and social workers regardingthe use of art therapy in social work, its potential benefits and value.
Elisa Matutini discusses how to promote the well-being of people living in poverty.
Corina Şandru seeks to identify practitioners’ perspectives on the benefits and limitations of using mind-body techniques in the psychotherapeutic process with persons experiencing trauma, loss, and suffering.
Adriana Lavinia Bulumac offers a literature review of the topic of Assuming Group Identity of Alcoholics within Anonymous Alcoholics Support Groups (identification with other AA members, the development of a feeling of belonging to AA through emotional connection with other AA members etc.).
Cristina Vasile under scores the impact of assisting people experiencing trauma, loss and suffering, focusing on the protective and risk factors of vicarious trauma in social workers.