Title

Conscious Use of Self: Tuning the Instrument of Social work Practice with Cultural Competence

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work

ISSN

1084-7219

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

25

40

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

The authors provide definitions and describe teaching methods and strategies related to a renewed understanding and development of the concept of "conscious use of self," a term defining the social worker as the "instrument" purposely used to promote change with client systems. The article clarifies how conscious use of self affects the development of an effective helping relationship, the medium through which change occurs in social work practice.

Publication Information

Heydt, M., & Sherman, N. (2005). Conscious use of self: tuning the instrument of social work practice with cultural competence. The Journal Of Baccalaureate Social Work, 10(2), 25-40.