Journal Article

Awareness, Acceptance and Action: Developing Mindful Collaborations in International HIV/AIDS Research and Service

Neil Abell and Scott Edward Rutledge

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 2, pages 656-675
Published in print March 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp047
Awareness, Acceptance and Action: Developing Mindful Collaborations in International HIV/AIDS Research and Service

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Responses to the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS are enhanced when all parties have opportunities to express their needs and goals, assess their capacities for contributing to desired change and recruit support where resources, skills or expertise are required. The sense of urgency, strongly held beliefs and deeply seated anxieties that often accompany HIV-related illness challenge potential collaborators to be both mindful and strategic as they work together for success. Key concerns associated with international social work collaboration are examined with attention to mindfulness principles of awareness, acceptance and action. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness of complex motivations and on making accurate personal, social and environmental assessments. Collaborators are encouraged to accept the implications of culturally derived preconceptions, act intentionally, based on realistic expectations for partners' contributions, and sustain momentum over the long haul. Recommendations are offered for planning and implementing respectful international collaborations in HIV/AIDS service and research.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; social work; mindfulness; international; collaboration

Journal Article.  6762 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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