Self Care of Aboriginal Social Work Managers/Supervisors in Rural / Remote Northern Communities

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region

Tags: health, social sciences, wellness, aboriginal community, social services, family, remote community

Principal Investigator: Miller, Judith (1)
Licence Number: 13555
Organization: Dalhousie University
Licenced Year(s): 2003
Issued: Nov 27, 2003
Project Team: N/A

Objective(s): The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which Aboriginal Social Work Managers/Supervisors who live and work in rural/remote northern communities take care of themselves (i.e., maintain their physical/mental health), and, from their experiences, to identify strategies that can inform and assist the practice and self-care of other Aboriginal Workers/Social Workers. To live and work in small isolated communities for and with people with whom one was raised and/or to whom one may be related must present special challenges to the Aboriginal Social Work Manager/Supervisor. How do they live and work in a community/culture in which they were born and raised and/or sustain their practice and mental/physical health? How do they cope with pressures from family/community on their practice and/or on the practice of those they supervise? What are their realities, experiences, strengths and supports? Can their experiences assist and/or inform the practice of Aboriginal social workers in the North? The study will involve semi-structured telephone interviews of 1-1.5 hours in duration with a total of 4-5 Aboriginal Social Work Managers/Supervisors in the NWT. Participation in the study is voluntary. With the consent of the participants, the interviews will be recorded through note-taking and audiotaping. Participants will have the opportunity to review a written summary of the information collected to ensure accuracy. Confidentiality will be maintained.