Mindfulness in social work education and practice

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)
Publication date:
01 July 2020


This Insight considers some of the uses and potential of mindfulness in social work. It has emerged from my experience as a social worker and researcher in highlighting the problem of stress within the profession, and finding ways of introducing and making self-care integral to education and practice. Drawing on policy and research findings, it defines mindfulness and explores evidence for its impact. As mindfulness is an emerging area of study within social work, the discussion incorporates findings from other research settings where relevant.

Overall, this Insight aims to provide students and practitioners with the opportunity to critically assess the value of mindfulness as a way of attending to well-being in their professional and personal lives. This is particularly apt at the time of writing, with the profession as a whole having to adapt to significant challenges ushered in by the Coronavirus pandemic.