Therapeutic orientations, professional efficacy, and burnout among substance abuse social workers in Israel

Eugene Tartakovsky*, Slava Kovardinsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study investigates the therapeutic orientations of substance abuse social workers and the relationship between these orientations and burnout. Ninety-two social workers who provided outpatient treatment to people suffering from substance-related disorders in Israel participated in the study. The results obtained demonstrated that the substance abuse social workers adhere more to the psychodynamic and ecosystemic therapeutic orientations than to the cognitive-behavioral orientation. A greater adherence to the cognitive-behavioral orientation was associated with a higher sense of professional efficacy; a greater adherence to the psychodynamic orientation was associated with a higher level of exhaustion; and greater adherence to the ecosystemic orientation was associated with lower levels of exhaustion and cynicism. Female social workers reported lower levels of exhaustion and cynicism. The cognitive-behavioral orientation mediated the connection between the social workers' experience in the field of substance abuse and two dimensions of burnout-exhaustion and professional efficacy. Significance of the findings for improving the well-being of substance abuse social workers and for the advancement of psychosocial services is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Burnout
  • Israel
  • Professional efficacy
  • Social workers
  • Substance abuse
  • Therapeutic orientations

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