Prof. Orit Nuttman-Shwartz has conducted special workshop at Seoul Conference for Social Workers

"Three Circles of (In) dignity and Worth(lessness) in he Encounter between Social Workers and Service Users"
Sub-theme: Education and Training

Modern society is characterized by cultural diversity, as reflected in origin, nationality, gender, economic situation, ethnic group, race, education level, and other aspects. In this context, the social work profession involves encounters between people who are similar and different. These encounters include actual and representative dimensions of a common past and history, as well as common social, cultural, and economic characteristics, a common identity, and a common vision of the future. The social worker-client dyad engages in an encounter between the known and familiar as well as an encounter between resolved and unresolved issues relating to personal status and the experience of inclusion and exclusion, oppression and acceptance, superiority and inferiority.  The encounter elicits ethical and structural questions relating to the potential for a reactive space of disrespect, powerlessness, and worthlessness.

Accordingly, the present workshop aims to enable social workers and those who train social workers acquire knowledge that will help them become aware of the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral situation in the context of the helping relationship between service providers and service recipients. Such awareness can shed light on the existence of three encounters that take place simultaneously in the professional relationship: the personal encounter with one's self; the interpersonal encounter between two people; and the professional encounter between the therapist and client. These encounters include similarities and differences in issues relating to values, social structure, culture, and customs that facilitate the encounter on the one hand but inhibit or prevent the encounter on the other. The workshop will use examples brought by the facilitators and participants as a basis for discussing how these representations and situations affect the dimensions of content and behavior in the context of the helping relationship, and how to cope with them in order to promote the goals of the intervention.

Target Audience: social workers, supervisors and social work educators

Implications of the Workshop: The workshop presents a method of teaching and supervision that aims to promote awareness of the areas in which there is unconscious reproduction of personal, social, and social constructs which makes it difficult to establish the helping relationship and engage in a dialogue with clients. The participants will be able to use this method in their work as well as in teaching and supervision, whether they are supervisors or supervisees.

Prof. Orit Nutman-schwartz has conducted special workshop at Seoul Conference for Social Workers

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