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To what do we owe the project of human doings over human beings? Self-care has long
been sanctioned as the root of Child and Youth Care (CYC) practitioner resilience.
This argument is faulty in its individualistic and “doing” ways. Instead, the author
proposes that we need to connect with vulnerability and love as a means to accomplish
self and other-care. Critiquing contemporary discourses of self-care, the author draws
on Buddhist philosophy and Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) as
a means to deconstruct this.
J. Nicole Little is an educator and practitioner who harnesses the unconditional love
of animals in her work with children, youth and families and specializes in eating
disorders across the life span. She is a RO-DBT therapist/trainer who lives in beautiful
Victoria, B.C., Canada.
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International Journal of Social Pedagogy
Copyright statement: Nicole Little, J.(2016). Cultivating human beings, not human doings: Challenging discourses
of self-care. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]