From the Mouths of Mothers: Can Drama Facilitate Reflective Learning for Social Workers?

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Leonard, K, Gupta, A, Stuart Fisher, A and Low, K (2015). From the Mouths of Mothers: Can Drama Facilitate Reflective Learning for Social Workers? Social Work Education. 35 (4), pp. 430 - 443.
AuthorsLeonard, K, Gupta, A, Stuart Fisher, A and Low, K
Abstract

© 2015 Taylor & Francis This article explores and evaluates a cross-disciplinary small-scale project using applied theatre in social work education. The aim was to provide an ‘Affective Encounter’ where students could practice empathic engagement, understanding of the needs of children who have been sexually abused and their protective parents/carers and engage in the complexities of working with family members who may be resistant. The workshop took place five times over a period of three years and was attended by children and families social workers on a one year post-qualifying graduate diploma course. While the use of verbatim theatre does not offer a guarantee of factual truth, it provided the students with some performed moments of personal testimony which was taken word-for-word from mothers whose children had been sexually abused. This allowed the social workers to hear the marginalised narratives of the protective mothers and to practice without a negative impact on the service user. The evaluation identified from self-report the development of emotional and practical skills and knowledge of available resources. This paper focuses on the emotional skills reported and two emerging themes are discussed: learning for humane practice, and the use of this pedagogical approach to encourage affective reflection.

Year2015
JournalSocial Work Education
Journal citation35 (4), pp. 430 - 443
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN0261-5479
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/02615479.2015.1113247
Publication dates
Print30 Nov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Aug 2016
Accepted22 Oct 2015
Accepted author manuscript
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