Journal Article

End-of-Year Treatment Termination: Responses of Social Work Student Trainees

Nehami Baum

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 4, pages 639-656
Published in print June 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
End-of-Year Treatment Termination: Responses of Social Work Student Trainees

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This qualitative study of the feelings and concerns of social work student trainees regarding their end-of-year treatment termination paint a picture of great personal distress. As the students see it, the premature termination prevented them from reaching their treatment goals, did not suit the needs of the clients, and raised serious ethical questions. Their feelings included sadness and regret, frustration, and uncertainty about their professional capacities. They expressed concern that clients would not manage on their own, anxiety that the premature separation might harm the clients, and, above all, a great deal of guilt. Recommendations are offered for alleviating students’ distress and helping them to better cope with it.

Keywords: feelings; student trainees; treatment termination

Journal Article.  7519 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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