The quiet remedy: A dialogue on reshaping professional relationships

Maidment, Jane 2006, The quiet remedy: A dialogue on reshaping professional relationships, Families in society, vol. 87, no. 1, pp. 115-121, doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.3491.

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Title The quiet remedy: A dialogue on reshaping professional relationships
Author(s) Maidment, Jane
Journal name Families in society
Volume number 87
Issue number 1
Start page 115
End page 121
Publisher Alliance for Children and Families
Place of publication Milwaukee, WI
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 1044-3894
Summary This article begins with an overview of the current context for the delivery of social/welfare services and goes on to consider client-worker relationship boundaries that fall within and outside conventional ethical parameters in professional practice. Alternative interpretations of "relationship" are discussed, noting in particular what consumers of services have identified as being beneficial qualities demonstrated by professional "helpers." Using touch and adopting notions of compassion, love, and reciprocity are discussed, noting how these ideas collide with the current ethical thinking commonly used to guide Western social work practice. Finally, a reexamination of "professionalism" is proposed, including ways to facilitate worker-client connectivity. Throughout, the complex tensions between balancing ethical considerations with ideas relating to trust, risk, and authenticity are articulated.
Language eng
DOI 10.1606/1044-3894.3491
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Aliance for children and families
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