Social Worker Self Care

The Social Workers radio talk show featured Erlene Grise-Owens and Mindy Eaves on September 19, 2016, in an interview about The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. 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 »

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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 »


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

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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 »


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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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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I don’t know if I am a good photographer or not. I don’t actually care. That is an incredible feeling for me. Self-care should allow us to engage with parts of ourselves in an unpressured, unhurried, and non-competitive way. more »

Real World Clinical

Two types of support systems are beneficial for social work students: informal and formal. Your support system will help keep you from being discouraged and giving up on yourself when life becomes overwhelming. more »

Education & Credentials

It is okay to be distracted, tired, angry, anxious. It is not okay to work when you are hungry and debilitatingly exhausted. more »

Real World Clinical

You may find yourself asking: How do I grieve this loss? How do I honor this client’s memory? Where do I turn for support? Are my feelings normal? How am I supposed to behave? more »

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