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.



Despite resources on self-care, social work practitioners, social work students, and clients sometimes fail to implement needed self-care strategies. Here are ways to overcome three barriers to self-care. more

Self-Care Summer

Jade Lloyd

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Take time out and watch the current of social work's tide. A poetry entry in the Self-Care Summer series. more

Self-Care Summer

Much has been written about self-compassion: the ability to give ourselves the same kindness we would give someone else. One way to do this is through writing a self-compassionate letter. more

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You may feel that you don't have time for "formal" mindfulness practice. Here is a way to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday activities. more

Self-Care Summer

Social work is both challenging and rewarding. These strategies can help you shift from compassion fatigue to compassion satisfaction. more

Self-Care Summer

Don't delay joy. Find it in small packages. more

Self-Care Summer

The IL Department of Children and Family Services, with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, held the 6th annual "Kids in Care, and Those Who Care Art Exhibit" at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, IL, April 23-27, 2018. Watch the video. more


Social Work Superheroes

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Social workers are often called upon to “use our powers.” People may say we're super heroes. I’ll confess: these powers are honed social work skills, and we can all develop them. To the untrained eye, they look miraculous. more

Social Work Month Project 2018

NASW vice president Mit Joyner calls on all social workers to lead the change our nation seeks. Collectively, she writes, all social workers will bend forcefully and without apology the arc of justice toward equality for all. more

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Rich Kenney recalls a conversation about MLK Day among four teenagers in a van. It's the kind of conversation you might hear any day of the year if you're a social worker. more

Social Work Month Project 2018

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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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