Real World Clinical Blog: The Anxious Social Work Mind (Part 1)

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Anxiety Driven

This article is very inspiring and insightful. As a new clinician it is very easy to get stuck in negative thinking regarding our professional selves and not being "clinical" enough. i am grateful for articles like these that reassures us workers/ clinicians that our work is impactful, meaningful, complex and rewarding all in the same breath.

Kanisha 363 days ago


Thank you for this article addressing a common experience among most helping professionals - that anxiety that arises when you aren't sure that anything you're doing is making any difference at all - and that somehow, that must mean you should do more! Your ideas give context to that experience and encouragement to people who work in a field that is often very hard to describe and define as so much of it is really intangible and experiential.

Elizabeth more than 1 year ago


I work in a level 5 prison and my main population is antisocial/borderline. All males. It is a very difficult place for a female to work, as prisoners are inappropriate sexually quite often. Anxiety is all the time, the fear of verbal/physical assaults and seeing assaults. Thank you for the article.

Ann more than 1 year ago

The Anxious Social Work Mind

Danna, Thank you soooo much for articulating my experience, and for providing wonderful resource to be passed on to others. Nearly 30 years of social working and I flip in and out of anxiety such as this regularly. It takes continued self talk to counter the belief that I'm not doing anything and therefore not good enough. And at this stage in my career as I support other workers I hear the same stories. I deliver worker self care workshops in Australia which aim to keep hope and optimism and wellbeing alive in social workers and others in helping and caring roles. Check out my website if you're interested It is great to have affirming articles like your to pass on. Sincere thanks.

Martine Langoulant more than 1 year ago

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About Real World CSW

Dr. Danna Bodenheimer is the author of Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way.She shares practice wisdom with new clinicians.