Clinicians' experiences of play in the workplace
Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Play-Psychological aspects, Social workers-Psychology, Work environment-Psychological aspects, Play, Creativity, Clinician, Self-care, Resilience, Workplace, Colleagues, Social support, Employer, Humor, Social work field, D.W. Winnicott
This exploratory, qualitative study investigates ten social work clinicians’ experiences of play within the clinical workplace and its impact on their personal well-being and professional capacity. In exploring the potential value of play at work, this study considers how the workplace environment can more fully support clinicians and ultimately, their clients. There is little research on the topic of play in the clinical workplace, beyond the therapeutic setting. This study was an initial attempt to begin filling this gap. Participating clinicians discussed their general associations with play, experiences of play in the workplace, and thoughts on embedding play into the field of social work. This study’s most significant qualitative findings indicate that social work clinicians’ experiences of play in the workplace, across a variety of manifestations, are protective healing, and supportive of effective and sustainable clinical work. These findings suggest that this is an area worthy of further exploration.
Rossello, Nina, "The paradox of play : an exploration of clinicians' experiences of play in the workplace" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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