Self Care Summer

In conjunction with the publication of our newest book, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals, we are launching our Self-Care Summer project! You can participate by reading the book and developing a self-care plan, submitting an essay or other creative work about self-care, or completing a #selfcaresummer pledge and sending us a photo to publish on our website and/or social media! Here's to #selfcaresummer! We will post more details soon.

The issue of achieving “good” self care at any time during one’s social work career is a near universal one. First, what “good” self care means varies from social worker to social worker. more »

Real World Clinical

Small mental shifts, in individual social workers and in organizations, make self-care possible in our work. more »

Self-Care Summer

Watch the book trailer for The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more »

Social Work Books

Social workers save lives every day, and it does not mean that you are not a superhero simply because you need to recharge. more »

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Joe-time should have almost no rules except to focus on the couple and their interactions, inner thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. more »


Social Work in Context

Brad Forenza

Social workers talk about social work, social problems, and self-care in a video by Brad Forenza. more »


What does Pokémon Go have to do with social work? Although no formal studies exist to testify to the mental health benefits of playing Pokémon Go, a number of news articles have presented anecdotal evidence of such benefits. more »


Self-care - loving on yourself like no one else is the best GIFT you can give yourself. more »

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Red Flower

Photo credit: Noreen Loftus-Spilman

During mostly daily mile-long walks on my street this spring, I took photographs. Here are two flowers I saw on my walks. more »

Self-Care Summer

Most people are not awake at 5 a.m. But this is the chosen time and this is when I awaken to take care of myself. For a very long time, I have had a meditation practice. more »

Self-Care Summer

The next time you find yourself struggling to indulge in emotional well-being sustaining self-care, remember to give yourself permission to reach for that oxygen mask. It really is okay and necessary. more »

Self-Care Summer

The recent trend toward coloring books for adults inspired the creation of these coloring pages for social workers, from Nate Crowell, blogger at more »

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Many people are truly called to work with patients who are dying. As someone who didn’t feel called to this work and didn’t have a lot of experience being in the dying space with someone, this was terrifying work for me. more »

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Scholarship, or contributing to the social work professional literature, can seem daunting and overwhelming. Here are some simple ideas to get started on your way to scholarship! more »


Social work students need to learn appropriate strategies for handling the daily stressors associated with our profession, preemptively. We need to learn more in-depth, resilience-promoting strategies. more »

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Self-Care Summer 2016 is a project of The New Social Worker magazine and The New Social Worker Press. Please join us in our commitment to self-care for all social workers and other helping professionals! more »

Self-Care Summer

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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