Dietrun Lübeck (Protestant university of applied sciences Berlin )


Topic: Positive Psychology for Social Workers in a “negative world”?
Language: English 


Social workers do not usually come into explicit contact with theories and practices of Positive Psychology during their studies, even though Social Work is supported by guiding principles with positive connotations (especially resource orientation, empowerment, inclusion, participation). In addition, they accompany people in severe psychosocial crises and support them in developing their individual resilience as a positive motor for development. Accordingly, in addition to strong networks for their discipline and profession, social workers themselves also need psychosocial strategies for their own self-care in order to stay mentally healthy. The lecture introduces the programmatic ideas of Positive Psychology and how they can be adapted to Social Work as a discipline and as a profession.