PROFESSIONAL BURNOUT SYNDROME IN SOCIAL WORKERS, EMPLOYED IN COMMUNITY REHABILITATION CENTRES FOR ADDICTIVE DISEASES: THE CONTEXT OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Authors

  • Vida Gudzinskiene Mykolas Romeris university
  • Andrejus Pozdniakovas Mykolas Romeris university
  • Jautre Ramute Šinkūnienė Mykolas Romeris university

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17770/sie2021vol7.6284

Keywords:

community rehabilitation centre for addictive diseases, depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, professional burnout syndrome, social workers, interpersonal relationships

Abstract

The article overviews the problematic questions of the study: 1) What interpersonal factors cause professional burnout syndrome in social workers, employed in community rehabilitation centres for addictive diseases; 2) How communal relationships with colleagues can help overcome professional burnout. Research object: interpersonal relationships of social workers. The aim of the article is to reveal possibilities of overcoming professional burnout syndrome on the basis of the experiences of social workers’ interpersonal relationships. Research methods: academic literature analysis, document analysis, the method of a semi-structured interview, quality (content) analysis, summarizing method were used. The study was conducted in January – March of 2020 in the community rehabilitation centre for addictive diseases. Empirical research has shown that social workers, employed in community rehabilitation centres for addictive diseases, believe that the threat and risk of professional burnout syndrome arise, first of all, from interpersonal relationships with clients: their negative attitude towards social workers, inadequate client communication culture, lack of positive feedback. Secondly, it is important for social workers to feel emotional and moral support and help of colleagues, share responsibility for work. Joint leisure time improves the quality of communication between colleagues, strengthens the inner relationship in the collective, increases work efficiency.

Author Biographies

  • Vida Gudzinskiene, Mykolas Romeris university
    Vida Gudžinskienė, Doctor of Social Sciences (Education), Mykolas Romeris University, Instituteof Educational Sciences and Social Work, Professor. Research areas: modelling of educationalprocess, (self-) development of life skills, health protection, promotion and (self-) education,expression of different student competences, development of social competences, social worker andteacher training. Ateities g. 20, LT-08303 Vilnius, Lithuania, tel. (8 5) 271 4716, e mail:vida.gudzinskiene@mruni.eu
  • Andrejus Pozdniakovas, Mykolas Romeris university
    Andrejus Pozdniakovas Mykolas Romeris University, Master of Educology and social workinstitute. Public Institution "ALFA center". Manager of addictive disorders rehabilitationcommunity programe; Chief specialist of Marijampole district Child right protection mobile teamof State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security andLabour
  • Jautre Ramute Šinkūnienė, Mykolas Romeris university
    Jautre Ramute Sinkuniene was born in Kaunas, Lithuania; 1977-1981 she obtained Graduatediploma of Music pedagogy (title acquired MD); on 2001 became Doctor of Social Sciences(Education Studies 07 S). In the period 1992-2006 she worked at Living skills centre for Disabledchildren “Viltis” in Vilnius as special teacher (music therapist). From 2002 she held position ofAssoc. prof. at the Faculty of Human and Social studies, Institute of Education Science and SocialWork at Mykolas Romeris University. Scientific interests: Socio-cultural work in the community,Art therapy (music, drama) with disabled, Leisure and Entertainment education, Socio-culturalWork with Different Youth Groups; email adress: jautre@mruni.eu, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6084-2483

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2021-05-28