Well Being This Way

Social Workers, Need Complex, and Professional Burnout

There is one sign of burnout that often goes unnoticed and frequently is encouraged in subtle ways. This is what can be called the "need complex" -- the feeling that you and your social work intervention are so needed that you must work more.

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In March of this year, a mentor and LCSW took her own life. I want us to be aware that we are no different from our clients in our pain or methods of removing the pain. Reach out to someone you trust, and take care of yourself. Read more

Self-Care Summer

If I write my self-care commitment, I will have to do it. I will be a better person for it and a stronger social worker. I will walk my talk. I can do this. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Find something that makes you feel alive, and support others in their self-care, too. If you don't think you're worth your own care, there may be other issues at play. Read more

Self-Care Summer

The importance of self-care is implied in the NASW Code of Ethics. If we see self-care as a chore and do it just to “check it off the list,” we are not reaping the full benefits of self-care.  Make a choice to invest in yourself. Read more

Self-Care Summer

However you identify or classify your transition, here are some self-care techniques to get you through the process. Read more

Self-Care Summer

A recent social work graduate takes a needed summer self-care break to recharge. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Keep On Walking - a poem by social worker Amy Stage. Read more

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I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with vibrant and active older adults. I’ve witnessed countless times how critical the importance of human relationships and connection is for elders. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

When I think of social work, building bridges is what we do. We help others identify their strengths, establish a vision, build a bridge, and walk to the other side. Imagine how many more bridges you can build if you model taking care of YOU. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

A social worker writes about the core social work value of service in the emergency room. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

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The New Social Worker seeks creative works from social workers and social work students. Contact the editor to submit your artwork, poetry, music, and other creative works. Thank you!

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