SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, CGP, CFLE, BCD, whose private and pro bono clinical social work practice is in Philadelphia, is a certified group psychotherapist and family life educator. She is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of NASW, and the 2013 NASW Media Award for Best Article. SaraKay is the best-selling author of Whoever Said Life Is Fair and Setting YourSelf Free. SaraKay's professional life continues to be devoted to highlighting destructive societal forces through communication, advocacy and activism.
The reason I am so delighted to be a social worker is pride in our commitments, our extraordinary history, and all of the remarkable leaders, from our beginning through the years, who have never given up keeping the hope of our profession alive. more »
Talking About Child Sexual Abuse, Why I Believe Dylan Farrow, and What Social Workers Need To Know and Do
Social worker SaraKay Smullens discusses child sexual abuse and why it is important to speak out about it. more »
I have often wondered what drives us. By that I mean those of us who continue day after day and year after year to work in the most difficult and draining settings, persist, and keep at it. I would bet that those reading this have had many days like more »
In your work, you may be encountering an unfortunate reality of the social work profession and of the psychological professions in general: researchers and clinicians have not usually walked hand in hand, consulting and collaborating, complimenting e more »
The training to become a social worker is arduous, demanding, and complex. What isn't always stressed enough are the issues of burnout, compassion fatigue, and the need for self care in the profession of social work. more »