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Stress as a Threat and a Challenge for Social Workers and their Profession
Kaczor Michal
The main objective of this paper is to present stress as one of the long-standing threats of the 21st century, especially in the context of the social work profession and its performance. The following objective is to introduce the coping strategies or the ways in which individuals – social workers – can cope with stress. Stress is seen as a potential challenge throughout the article. In this context, emphasis is placed on mindfulness as one of many possible tools to overcome the threat of stress by turning it into a challenge, that is, effectively working with stress. Neither the possibilities of cultivating mindfulness in the everyday life of social workers nor the pitfalls associated with its practice (which need to be pointed out) are omitted.

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