About the Project
Social Work has traditionally emphasised its affinity with the "social model" which promotes understanding the human behaviour in connection with the wider social context. As part of this attempt, social work distanced itself from the medical model. This seem to have cost social work in its tendency to ignore in most cases the human body.
While the academic literature on the connection between social work and the body has developed during the last decade, it is still very limited. Issues related to the body are rarely taught as part of the social work curriculum, and the body is rarely an integral part of social work interventions. Despite these omissions, we can learn about the possible benefit and contribution of focusing greater attention on the human body, through social work practitioners who are also body practitioners. We can assume that these individuals will have a heightened awareness of their bodies and the bodies of their service users and through them we might be able to learn about how such greater awareness contributes to their practice, resiliency and wellbeing.
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