Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Lance T. Peterson


Social Work


Current studies provide evidence supporting the effectiveness of self-care activities on reducing the symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue. The education social workers receive on self-care during their graduate and undergraduate programs was analyzed in this mixed-method study. Researcher analyzed data from a quantitative survey of professional social workers that have completed their graduate or undergraduate degree in Social Work. The results of this study determine that no correlation exists between collegiate self-care education and the frequency of engagement in self-care activity; however, the qualitative data found that respondents place a high importance on self-care education and the social work profession taking a role in the self-care education of its social workers. Findings also include respondents’ definition of self-care as holistic well- being and self-care activities as being purposeful with the intent of taking care of ones’ self. Further research is necessary to determine what factors contribute to a culture of self-care and how this affects the frequency of engagement in self-care activity.

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