Erlene Grise-Owens, Ed.D., LCSW, LMFT, MSW, MRE, is currently a full-time professor in social work. She is lead editor of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. More than a decade ago, she and a small (but mighty!) group of colleagues began an initiative to promote self-care as part of the social work education curriculum. She develops and facilitates continuing education trainings on self-care and wellness; consults with community agencies about organizational wellness; and contributes to professional scholarship on these topics. Previously, she served in clinical and administrative roles. She has experience with navigating organizational toxicity and dysfunction, up-close and personal! Likewise, she sees students enter the field and quickly burn out. As a dedicated social worker, she believes the well-being of practitioners is a matter of social justice and human rights. Thus, she is on a just mission to promote self-care and wellness!
Using an A-to-Z framework, the editors and contributors to this self-care handbook outline strategies for social workers/helping professionals to build a self-care plan with specific goals and ways to reach them realistically. more
Self-Care, A-to-Z: Organizational Accountability and Practitioner Self-Care - NOT an Either/Or Option
Self-Care is NOT blaming the individual or discounting an organization’s responsibility. Promoting organizational wellness is imperative! And, self-care is essential. It’s not an either/or! more
Welcome to OUR blog! This space is for all of us to share our struggles, strategies, and successes with self-care! The blog was prompted by the recent publication of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more
Book review of Rising Strong by Brene Brown, reviewed by Erlene Grise-Owens. more