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Erlene Grise-Owens

Erlene Grise-Owens

Dr. Erlene Grise-Owens, Ed.D., LCSW, LMFT, MSW, MRE is a Partner in The Wellness Group, ETC.  This LLC provides evaluation, training, and consultation for organizational wellness and practitioner well-being. Dr. Grise-Owens is lead editor of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals.  As a former faculty member and graduate program director, she and a small (but mighty!) group of colleagues implemented an initiative to promote self-care as part of the social work education curriculum. Previously, she served in clinical and administrative roles. She has experience with navigating toxicity and dysfunction, up-close and personal! Likewise, as an educator, she saw 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 mission to promote self-care and wellness!

Book review of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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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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Let’s use this month of Thanks-giving to commit to using gratitude as fuel, frame, and focus for self-care. more

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Autumn is an apropos season for emphasizing the important self-care practice of letting go. Consider what you need to let go. What bogs down your spirit and blocks your well-being? more

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September, 2017 marks the Self-Care A-to-Z blog’s one-year anniversary. In celebration, let’s KISS, i.e., Keep it Simple Self-Care! Social work can be overwhelming. Bad news: Self-care is challenging! Good news: it CAN be simple! more

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Social workers, do you struggle with staying motivated for self-care? Most of us do! At times, we need to (re)focus our approach. One such approach is POP: Prioritize, Organize, and Partialize. more

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None of us do self-care perfectly; yet, we often try to live up to an expectation of perfection. Instead, let’s commit to live into the possibilities of self-care! more

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As we “do our jobs,” we traverse toxicity and encounter ethical choices, which may lead to firing. May we have clear, consistent values and courageous, caring personal Boards of Trustees! And, let’s be radically fired up about self-care. more

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Amidst toxic racism and stark poverty, George Dawson demonstrated incredible personal resilience. This entry elucidates four more of Dawson’s compelling lessons of resilience for self-care inspiration, from his book, Life is So Good. more

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Vicarious resilience is a form of self-care. In contrast to vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience refers to the positive impact of hearing how others cope with trauma and difficulties. Seek out stories of resilience to inspire self-care. more

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Let’s “C” how to change the meaning ascribed to stressors from personal problems to powerful and positive possibilities using Hill's ABC-X framework. 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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