Resilience among social workers: The role of informal learning in the workplace

Ed Carson, Sue King, Lisa H. Papatraianou

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In issues of key scholarly social work journals over the past few years (British Journal of Social Work, Practice and Australian Social Work), articles have addressed the importance of work-based resilience for social work professionals. To date, however, the process of developing resilience has not been well documented in the social work literature. A possible way forward lies in taking account of the practice wisdom and tacit knowledge generated through worker networks both within and beyond the worker's organisational setting. The authors canvass the possibility that worker resilience could be understood as a product of the professional learning process over time, as social work professionals actively create and consolidate norms about effective practice, through testing individual situations against an accumulating evidence base of successful practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-278
Number of pages12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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