Conscious Use of Self: Tuning the Instrument of Social work Practice with Cultural Competence
The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work
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.
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.
Heydt, Margo and Sherman, N., "Conscious Use of Self: Tuning the Instrument of Social work Practice with Cultural Competence" (2005). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 52.