Our brains need social safety – this is established around students learning in schools and offenders making change.  So what do our social brains need most?  A SCARF, scarf stands for (From Slide 14, of the NASW power point):

  • Status – how we compare to others, competition, avoidance of being “wrong” or responsibility for being at fault
  • Certainty – clarity, opposite of confusion, risk free
  • Autonomy – ability to make decisions, sense of control
  • Relatedness – fitting in safely, belonging to a group
  • Fairness – how we are treated compared to others

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