Erlene Grise-Owens

Erlene Grise-Owens

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

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March, Social Work Month, is a time to reflect on where our profession has been, our current status, and future directions. Let’s celebrate this month by emphasizing self-care as a professional priority. more

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In February, Erlene Grise-Owens refrains from making non-essential purchases.  She invites you to join her in a “Frugal February” reflection. If a month is too much, consider doing Frugal Fridays or another modification. more

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2017: Skinny, rich, and happy! Ample evidence documents that New Year’s resolutions can quickly turn into regrets. Here are steps toward successful self-care resolutions, not regrets. more

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To paraphrase Charles Dickens: These are the “worst of times” for stress; these are the “best of times” for self-care! Holidays are particularly stressful for helping professionals. The Season of Stress calls for even more intentional self-care. more

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Frequently, people ask about navigating toxicity. Toxic environments require hazmat suits! From my experience and observing others, I’ve learned to construct hazmat suits using ER-ADLS. more

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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

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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

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Book review of Rising Strong by Brene Brown, reviewed by Erlene Grise-Owens. more

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