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      Perspectives on love as a component of professional practice

      International Journal of Social Pedagogy

      UCL Press

      Love, health care, education, child and youth care

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          Since children and youth are often cared for by many professionals who are trained and educated in different disciplinary traditions, it is important that child and youth care (CYC) practitioners who work alongside other professionals have knowledge of how love is understood across different disciplines. Through a review of current literature in the fields of health care, education and CYC, this article explores the perceptions of love across different fields where CYC is practised. It begins by defining love in a manner that reflects the engagement and interactions between individuals in professional and public relationships, and differentiates this from the kind of love present in private relationships. It then focuses on the ways that love is currently being talked about and practised in different professional contexts. While there is increasing openness to talk about love across the human service fields, and some similarities in the questions and assertions that are being raised, there are also differences of opinion regarding love’s place in professional practice both within and across practice domains. In contemplating the varying perceptions of love, I hope to offer the reader an opportunity to be more mindful about the role of love in their own professional practice.

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                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                UCL Press (UK )
                1 December 2016
                : 5
                : 1
                : 6-21
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                Jennifer Vincent has a Master’s of Arts in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, Canada. She has worked in Edmonton, Alberta as a behaviour consultant, supporting children with complex behavioural needs and their caregivers for the past five years. Her previous work experience in children’s mental health, school based CYC and residential CYC has inspired her interest in how love is conceptualised across the diverse professional setting where CYC is practised.

                Vincent, J. (2016). Perspectives on love as a component of professional practice. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]

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