Attaining composure through breath-awareness: a phenomenological account of the use of the breath in social work

Whiting, Russell (2021) Attaining composure through breath-awareness: a phenomenological account of the use of the breath in social work. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 40 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1542-6432

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Abstract

This article is the first to address breathing in social work directly. It sits within the phenomenological tradition and as such provides accounts from social work education and practice as a means of recognizing a commonality of experience. The article argues for a considered, conscious use of the breath in order for the social worker to gain a state of calm or composure and also to be able to foster composure in others – the so called “circle of breath”. The focus is on the skills of the worker but also on the meanings of the choices they make. A phenomenological approach to the topic of composure is contrasted with a psychotherapeutic approach. No particular method is advocated although several exercises designed to aid breath awareness are suggested. A discussion is threaded throughout on the relationship between the breath and spirituality in social work, also considered in phenomenological terms.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 08:05
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 11:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94962

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