What I Wish I Had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession

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The one constant topic or area of concerns my last 25 years is the lac of good mental health coverage. Many SWs with their BSW barely make 35k and cannot afford the $50-100 co-payment or a 2500-3000 deductible to seek therapy that they desperately need. Majority of the SWs I have talked to about this feel the same way. Mental health coverage should be free; especially for people who work in the field. I was unaware of vicarious trauma, 2ndary trauma when I first got into the felid and thought I was just "resilient" to work through it all. I am at a point where I can no longer work in the field without the supports I need to stay healthy not only for myself but for my clients.

AnnMarie Buswell more than 2 years ago


AnnMarie, the availability of mental health care in our country needs a total reevaluation, with available, sustainable, accessible, universal care for all! Social workers provide the majority of mental health services in our country, We should be present in all schools, coordination services for our most vulnerable children and families, and our salaries wherever we work should reflect our arduous training, academically and in the field. And I agree also -- we cannot be sustained, nor can our clients, without a program of selected self-care strategies that will sustain us, Thanks so much for writing! Happy Thanksgiving, and deep caring, SaraKay

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

Ethical Violation

I was so burned out at my last job that I violated the Ethical Standard of Dignity and Worth of the person. I feel so ashamed, I don't even know why I am sharing this here. I lost my job because of it and was reprimanded by my school, I'm lucky I didn't get kicked out of the program. I am committed to learning self-care skills and actually using them. I guess this is a warning to all social workers what can happen if you are severely burned out.

Zarefah more than 2 years ago


It is very easy to do things like that without realizing it

Hara Kiri more than 2 years ago


Dear Zarefah, I just saw your post. Apologies for my late reply! I think you are so brave to write, and I applaud your honest sharing. We are in such a demanding work, facing so much that is so painful, day in and day out. Please remember that to err is human: I am so deeply moved by all you have learned by your error and deeply impressed that the faculty of your setting did not remove you from their program. Yes, if we do not care for ourselves, we truly cannot offer quality professional help. It was very brave of you to write! Please to turn your shame into self respect -- for facing an act that has led to growth and awareness, and using it as a learning experience. Again, apologies for my delay in responding, Have a good Thanksgiving, Zarefah, With my deep caring, respect, and belief in you. To be continued, SaraKay

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

There ain't no cure for love

But there is for burnout.

Leave the profession, accept it totally as it is, or change it!

I have tried the two latter ways, but at this point I'm strategizing with a career counselor on leaving the profession.

Paul Walsh more than 3 years ago


Would you recommend this career to others? Just curious as I am in a MSW program but really questioning if it's a good idea.

newyorkcity628 more than 3 years ago

Is it right for you?

The question is whether it is the right career for YOU. If you are having doubts, it might be helpful to talk to a career counselor and/or faculty at your school.

SocialWorker.com more than 3 years ago


I just saw the above response. I so agree!!

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago



No more than 3 years ago


Please excuse my delay in writing to you. I just saw your comment this evening. In social work training we see so much that is upsetting, and it is so necessary to process what we experience with a trusted advisor, profession, supervisor. I hope you were able to do this. It is through this process that a student can see if our profession is a wise choice. Please write and let me know what you decided to do, and again apologies, for taking so long to respond to you. And above all, stay well and safe in this unsettling time.

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

Response to Paul

Paul, I am sorry I have taken so long to respond to you. I just saw this comment this evening. Yes, our profession asks so much of us, but with the right path, the supervisor and the right department (of course, finding this is not always easy or simple) there can be so much fulfillment. Please let me know what you have decided to do. Whatever direction you take, you will take your social work training with you, and it will enrich all you do. I hope you are finding success and fulfillment. Stay well and healthy, and thanks so much for writing.

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago


It is very good that you tried the first two options before thinking about quitting

Hara Kiri more than 2 years ago

Fantastic Article!

SaraKay, thank you for an amazing article and I love all the work you did to cite your sources. I have shared this with about 40 of our staff and it has inspired our internal Employee Committee to take a new look at how we support staff through a variety of stress relief activities. We have launched a new "Self-Care Station" in our building and working on building more awareness with all new employees! Thanks again for your work!

Beth Allen more than 4 years ago

Response to Beth Allen

Dear Beth,
Thank you so very much for your comment and information shared. I am so heartened to learn that my work has made a difference for you and your staff. It was so gracious of you to fill me in. If you have time, let me know the impact of your Self-Care Station. Please forgive this delayed response. I just saw your comment this evening., and again, thank you so much for writing. Stay well and safe in these difficult and complicated times.

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

How about:

What about the impacts of exploitation and the possibility that clinical social work is an unsustainable set of bandaids to systemic problems? Why is the "solution" for burnout individualized self-care? Might there be eurocentric/individualist biases in here that social work should be critical of?

Ariel Shapiro more than 4 years ago

Compassion fatigue in agencies, too

I'm a retired social worker, but worked for 30+ years at two different state-run psychiatric facilities. "A" was a newer hospital, & had a strong idealistic bent. The older "B" had a history of playing fast and loose, so in recovery, the culture at B now greatly respected rules & top-down management. This fit well with the state's ideas of achieving "individualized care" by top-down central management. When new directives came from the state capital, B planned how to most impressively comply; the talk at A was what was best for patients, & how could we interpret the directives to get closest to that.

Over those 30 years, I saw A falter & recover many times, but the constant pressure has worn them down like water does a rock. The differences between A & B are rapidly narrowing; I believe it's a loss for patient care. I believe it's a good analog to the burnout that individual workers experience. And sometimes the agency burnout is a cause, or at least a significant contributing factor, of worker burnout.

Tony Parkslope more than 5 years ago

Response to Tony

Hi Tony, by "idealistic bent" I think you mean what social work education emphasizes -- the value of every individual, and in each of us a capacity to find fulfillment -- it is depleting to all of us when management does not do all possible to support social work commitment to this support and care of each we are prevailed to work with. Of course, management is impacted by each community and the necessary resources that must be provided to accomplish this. And the lack of this commitment from the top is major cause of professional burnout. This said, I also have seen again and again that a committed supervisor and department head can, in many circumstances, find a way to navigate very difficult situations through excellent case supervise, creative programming, and communicating dire need with those he/she/they report to.

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

burnout, low pay and mortgages

For many social workers, we have worked internships for free and have done low pay positions-which hurts us financially, contributing to burnout and hurts self care.

c more than 5 years ago

Low pay and mortages

That's what is hurting us right there. Also the stress of not having money to fix up our home and buy another vehicle its really hard to share one vehicle.

Christina more than 4 years ago

Response to Christina and the comment above hers

Absolutely, social worker salaries are notoriously poor, and this must be addressed. Our jobs are so important to the well being of every community. I have written about this as often as I can. I will not stop emphasizing this important message. Please use social media and the press to convey this urgency. I apologize for my delay in responding to you both, I only saw these comments this evening.

SaraKay Smullens more than 2 years ago

I can relate

I have experienced burnout as a social worker. I wrote about it, too. I was actually looking for statistics on how many social workers have taken a stress leave. This is hard info to find. I will be presenting at a conference in order to share my story and help others.

Angela G. Gentile more than 5 years ago

Response to Angela

Thank you for writing, Angela! I do not have statistics about a stress leave, but I do know that many leave our profession due to burnout, and do not return. The percentages vary, but most very close to 50 percent and higher. Where will you be presenting. Do write and let me know of this experience. It is wonderful that you are sharing your experience and ways you have coped and persisted. I applaud you. Thank you so much for writing.

SaraKay Smullens more than 5 years ago

Where is your conference?

Sounds interesting, I have just taken myself away from my marriage to work through burn out and reassess. Would love to attend.

Shan more than 5 years ago

What about agency burnout?

I get compassion fatigue but I still find the work itself rewarding. What I simply can't stand are the agencies themselves. I went into this field optimistic that I'd meet caring people. All I've seen so far are people who are either burnt out miserable people who seem to not give a crap, or phony, unethical people only interested in self preservation and making money for an agency. It has me at my wits end. Whenever I question someone being unethical on one of my cases, I get harassed non stop. Aren't we supposed to look out for our clients? I can't find an agency where I'm not miserable. I wish I could just work in private practice. I can be selfless all day, because to me, the rewards are worth it, but what I can't handle is seeing shifty agencies get away with hurting clients and employees who actually care about those clients. I don't know what to do!!

Joy S more than 5 years ago

Response to Joy

Joy, I just saw your comment, and reading it makes me very sad. The main reason I did six years of research into burnout is the message of your letter. I spend a great deal of time in my book trying to address your frustration. I know my book is expensive, but I believe if you read it, you will find a way out of your frustration. Is there anyone you report to in any setting who can help you? Do you have any colleagues who can help you? Your response to these questions will not be printed right away. If you offer a way to reach you, I will telephone you. I understand your frustration, and it is a primary reason that social workers leave our field, one they feel committed to. I hope to speak with you, and perhaps you can purchase my book. It is also possible to find used copies which cost less. Thank you for your brave and honest email.

SaraKay Smullens more than 5 years ago


Thank you for writing that. Such a valuable position. I am feeling more and more that we need to organize. I have done some research into the relationship between social work and labor unions. This is a decent article: https://ssw.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/258/2010/04/social-work-and-labor-unions.pdf

These issues are bigger than the frame they are using around them.

Ariel Shapiro more than 4 years ago


A disturbing trend that I've noticed, is the 'alcohol as self-care' movement amongst social workers. It's become an accepted and promoted idea which has spawned communities of social workers congratulating each other for drinking wine to cope, like it's some 'cool club'. Depressing.

Jade more than 6 years ago

response to Jade

Thanks for writing, Jade. When burned out, or as a friend and colleague puts it, "burned the hell out," professionals in every field (including volunteers and homemakers), often just want to numb their pain. A far wiser approach is to try to figure out if your overload is coming from a personal (primarily what your work is touching in you), professional (are you and your clients being treated responsibly in your work setting?), social (including intimate relationships -- are your relationships based on self and mutual respect?), or physical source (What is your body telling you, and do you need medical or medically related attention?) -- or, of course,
their interaction. With insight, evidence based self-care strategies based on one's unique Self, which also can be studied in each of these categories, can address and prevent burnout. And to your point, drinking as well as drugs, are not self-care strategies. Their habitual use prevents the necessary insight that addresses the overload.

SaraKay Smullens more than 6 years ago

Idealistic nonsense

Comments like yours truly frustrate me. Knowing the source of the "pain" in my "spirit" does nothing to address this shattered, broken, profit-milking and client rejecting field. Self care does not build recovery houses for my clients, deep breaths do not create psychiatrists they can see. I envy your feeling you and others can have power over their "unique self", but there is nothing unique about a purposefully broken and underfunded system.

I could give a hoot how I feel socially and physically. It has no impact on the material conditions of this perverse and ineffectual field. To insulate and sooth away these serious flaws is to voluntarily reject reality.

Enjoy the soma.

To A Crisp more than 3 years ago

Stress and the spillover effects

I worked as a Social Worker in a state run acute care psychiatric hospital. I had never been under so much constant stress in my entire life, and being in my late 40's I've worked a few jobs.

The pressure to discharge came from all directions, and anytime something went wrong that could be blamed on a Social Worker it usually was. There was not so much as a lack of respect for the social service dept as it was an open animosity from other disciplines and depts.

The first sign I experienced was when I began to yell at the patients when they would get pushy with me, I usually can maintain self control, but this began to crumble first. Not long after I began to not care if I discharged someone to the street, or where they went as long as they were gone. Then my personal life away from work suffered and I would get angry with people. The final stage was as my health began to decline, I gained a lot of weight, would wake up every few hours during the night, and my blood pressure increased. I even started to see a cardiologist. I researched burnout, and stress, and in the articles I had all the symptoms described.

I resigned my position, but did not bother telling the dept head, or my supervisor, that leaving was the ultimate act of self care, the job was sucking the life out of me. If I stayed I would have probably had a heart attack or stroke.

I'm not going to describe the lack of resources, the understaffing, the lack of support, or concern for the health of employees, by the dept that I experienced in a state run facility. These are common realities in govt agencies. I also was surrounded by co-workers in their 20's who didn't yet know any better, could pound a few cups of coffee and have at it.

I think my takeaway was that if you don't take care of yourself you risk becoming so broken down that your not going to be any good for your family and friends, and I in my case I was already was not functioning effectively for my patients, so it also became an ethical decision.

Richard more than 6 years ago

Response to Richard

Richard, I just saw your post and all of your frustration is something I hear with regularity. I am so sad that you and so many of my colleagues are going through this horrid stress and disrespect. Yes, you had to leave in order to save your health and stamina. I hope you have found a position where the respect you deserve is given. Please excuse this delay. I wish my book were less expensive, but cost is lower during Social Work Month. Perhaps you will consider buying it. I believe it will respond to your and I hope it will offer direction. My caring wishes, SaraKay

SaraKay Smullens more than 6 years ago

I feel your pain!

Richard--Working in a hospital as a discharge planner is really stressful. I did it early in my career, then had to return to it out of necessity a few years ago. I worked in a "non profit" hospital and it was pretty much the same as what you experienced. I and a few other social workers had huge caseloads that were not balanced equitably throughout the staff, pressure to discharge and no support from upper management. I would leave there every day angry, feeling like the weight of the world was on my shoulders, pulled in all directions and totally overwhelmed. I did do a lot of self care--I go to therapy, run, belong to a book club, have great friends to socialize with but the job was so horrible I am not sure that I could have kept myself from being burned out no matter what I did. I am lucky to have found something that I love. I hope you have as well!

Nancy more than 6 years ago

What about foster carers .what help and training do they recieve apart from "minds" thats the only training i did years ago and recognized i had post trauma distress .and never got support or training

Would like to know what books or training carer recieve

Norah waite more than 7 years ago

Response to Noah

Noah, my apologies for the delay in responding to you. I did not know of this message until this evening. Yes, training is often so inadequate. It is necessary to speak to your supervisor or the one in charge of your setting when inadequate training is the norm. It is impossible to carry all that one carries in the foster care field without training, support, and excellent supervision. I wish you so well, and hope you have carved out a more fulfilling path. I also hope this article and perhaps my book can be helpful in continuing to care well for yourSelf. With caring wishes, SaraKay

SaraKay Smullens more than 6 years ago


I am currently a graduate student focusing my research on burnout and how it can be prevented by requiring education on compassion fatigue and burnout in CSWE accredited schools. This article was very helpful (as well as the resources). Thank you for your work!

Makenzie more than 8 years ago


Thanks so much for writing, Makenzie. My evidence based guide/text book, a much fuller examination of burn out and its main causes, is scheduled to be published by NASW Press in the Spring. I hope it will be helpful and meaningful to you in your research.

SarKay Smullens more than 8 years ago



Emma Paxton more than 8 years ago


Emma, I am very glad you have responded and agree with your frustration completely. I am working on a manuscript for a book, to be published by NASWPress in 2015, that addresses your questions. Thanks so much for writing!

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Programs to support social workers

Programs do exist. I think social workers should be required to sign up for weekly therapy at minimum. On top of that social workers can join fitness clubs, arts groups, knitting circles etc. These things can and should be supported through our workplaces in the form of group discounts to gyms and so on. Therapeutic self care stuff is everywhere. It just doesn't say "for social workers" at the end of it.

Social worker more than 7 years ago

Time Management and Boundaries

I agree with you that there are options in the community for social workers that support their self care. In my own life, as I enter the world of clinical social work, I feel like a lot of my struggles with self-care come down to setting aside the time and setting boundaries, because so often work comes home with me. I feel like agencies can do more to support self care though, like you mentioned with providing discounts to gym membership, and ensuring that their employees aren't overworked. I don't know if employers view self-care as a top priority, though it greatly benefits the work social workers do, so I think it's on social workers do more to start demanding what they need.

KK more than 7 years ago

What I Wish I Had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession


hope more than 4 years ago

Beth - Clear and free since leaving

Oh yes, because there is so much free time for weekly therapy at minimum.

Beth more than 7 years ago

Price of all these activities

I think you have a good point, and I am lucky to be able to have some extra money so I can afford these activities(due to a second job to supplement my salary). It would be great if all workplaces offered discounts for the things you suggest social workers should be required to sign up for. However, many social programs are underfunded and most social workers are underpaid for the very important work they do. So unless that changes I don't think we can require them to get weekly therapy or join very expensive gyms.

Nancy more than 6 years ago

Support and respect from agencies vs self care as the solution

There is some evidence that self care does nothing to prevent burnout if you are working within agencies and systems that minimise emotional load that comes from helping traumatised clients; systems and administrators who disrespect and pathologise the very normal feelings that come from dealing with all that we do. Bullying is rife in the helping professions. If there were funds to provide for weekly therapy sessions I'd be all for it but I'm not keen (not to say I won't just to say i'm not keen) on spending my paycheck on therapy to deal with my work. If that makes sense. I find the emphasis on self care as the only means to prevent burnout to be misleading and honestly a little victim blamey.

Sarah Desmond more than 5 years ago

Wounded Healers?

A couple of extrapolations create a picture of social workers as pretty unhealthy, e.g. co-dependents drawn to the profession 'because' of their problems and using the profession as a 'healing experience.' The research that's cited in the article doesn't address whether any of these dysfunctional folks who become social workers might have sought treatment and/or become thriving mentally healthy individuals before going into the profession. I hope no one leaves a copy of this in their waiting room.

Kelly Wright more than 8 years ago

Reply to Kelly

A very important point, Kelly. Thanks so much for writing. One is limited in words for an article, but I am addressing your essential point in the book to be published by NASWPress in 2015. What the data shows is that a high percentage of social workers go into therapy, benefit from their therapy, and, as a result, find their work and life exceedingly fulfilling. Plus, many who enter any field do not know that they have had pain in their formative years, and because of this, the research may not be truly accurate. I try to cover all of this in the book. For social workers are among the best adjusted, kindest, bravest people I know, and I want to shout it out the best way I can. Plus, I really do believe in the concept of the "examined life," and our profession makes that necessary in order to work to the best of our ability.
SaraKay Smullens

SocialWorker.com more than 8 years ago

It ought to be ok to talk about this.

Ok, this is exactly what I'm talking about. It needs to be ok, not shamed, not derided, not pathologized; to talk about burnout. No one is mentally pristine 100% of the time. Social Workers deal with this brand of stigma everywhere. It's part of the problem, it doesn't help matters. Ideally we work on our own issues as they arise but please don't imply that burnout = prior or latent psychological dysfunction. That argument gets old. It was used by the US Govt against Vietnam Vets; ie they argued there is nothing inherently stressful about war, only those who were dysfunctional/ psychologically immature sustained PTSD from tours of duty, therefore the problem lay with those individuals. Give me a break. This work is hard. It affects us. We need to support each other.

Sarah Desmond more than 5 years ago

Cultivating a culture around self-care in workplaces/practices.

As a social work undergraduate student and part-time member of Whole Foods Market, I feel social work could benefit from cultivating and shaping practices and organizations where their care workers are looked after just as much as the clients and patients they serve. It should push inter-care worker engagement and a general feeling of camaraderie and compassion. So often those of us in this field direct it outwardly, but we should also shine that compassion and concern to ourselves and our partners in this field. Perhaps this is already being done, but I truly feel it can always be emphasized and innovated more and more. I think to the culture pushed by Trader Joe, Whole Foods, Starbucks and other "conscious capitalism" paradigms where they emphasize equal focus on the employees as they do on the customers. You can't build a house on a weak foundation, and clients and patients cannot receive the best care possible if they are seen by burned out and neglected social workers & healthcare providers/counselors that need help themselves.

Jonathan more than 8 years ago


Well said, Jonathan! You make an excellent point! Have you spoken to your local NASW chapter about this?

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Personal self care and honesty

This article raises many good points and it is important for agencies to think about how workers can practice self care. However, I have found that the nature of many underfunded and understaffed agencies works against a balanced life style for workers. There tends to be a lot of rewards and recognition for self sacrifice and going above and beyond. Social work is still viewed as a job people should do out of an endless pool of passion and self sacrifice. This mentality is very damaging and not sustainable. When I feel safe and healthy, I am better able to serve my clients.

Sarah more than 8 years ago


Your feedback is very wise, Sarah; and I will try to address all of this in the NASWPress guide book I am working on. Thanks so much for writing.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

Burnout and self care

I read this article and feel it offers a plethora of knowledge, experience and skills to the reader. I have worked as a private Psychotherapist and although I did not combine it with Social Work practice at the time, the risks of burnout (e.g.) self-neglect as a professional are always there.
The author describes, in great detail, the importance of consciously making decisions and taking appropriat actions to take care of ourselves as Social Work Practitioners.
These days I am working as a Safeguardig Social Worker and I enjoy this specialist area in Social Work because it gives me a sense of gratification and achievement in the knowledge that we are protecting and educating our client(s), the service providers and ourselves in the process.
I am still guilty of forgetting how fragile we are as Practitioners and often forget to take care of myself in the ways that the author has described.
I am glad that I read this article and will refer to some of the authors in her bibliography, however most importantly, this has reminded me to take seriously the need to value ourselves as social work practitioners and to take care of ourselves.
I suppose it is really about aiming for and trying to achieve that internal balance, allowing for 'slippages' here and there and knowing that it is our very humanness and vulnerability (internally) that allows us to empathise and show compassion and use these in our practice with our clients and service providers.
Sometimes it is not such a bad thing to acknowledge our 'soft spots' and understand how these are touched when we are working with our clients,; in fact this can be a very useful way of facilitating deeper understanding not just for the client but also for ourselves (e.g.) through self understanding comes greater understanding of others and through self healing comes the potential to facilitate self-empowerment not only in ourselves but with our clients and service providers.
This article has given me a lot of food for thought, and an opportunity to revisit certain internal areas for reflectionm, connection and balance.

Suzanne German more than 8 years ago

reply to Suzanne

I agree with this wise feedback, Suzanne.  Thanks so much for your thoughtful response.
SaraKay Smullens

SocialWorker.com more than 8 years ago

A different approach to self-care

While I definitely agree that social workers need to learn and PRACTICE self-care, I also believe that our human service organizations (and our culture, really) need to have some responsibility in making sure we are well taken care of. Does weekly (or whenever) supervision include a self-care check-in? What about staff/team meetings? Are there organizational policies that promote healthy living and self-care practices? What can we do as social workers to advocate for better practices at the organizational level that can help us better help others? These are just some questions I think about as a current MSW student & former practicing BSW getting ready to re-enter the market.

Brad more than 8 years ago

Self care

I don't work in this field. However being in a field that requires me to work with a large number of people, and approve their qualifications. Then assume responsibility for their work. Work that could have serious affects on the environment and other people, I know something about stress.

I've read the article and the comments, at first glance I agree with Brads comments the most.

Bobby Lowder more than 8 years ago


Brad, I completely agree with your comments, and I am hoping that my book addresses your concerns. Too little is being done, and too many superb social workers leave a field they are trained for. Thanks for writing.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

To Bobby

Yes, there is enormous responsibility when one is responsible for leading and caring for a large group of professionals, and of course the stress that goes with it, and also agree with Brad. I am glad you read about our field also and find it applicable. Thanks for writing, Bobby.
SaraKay Smullens

SocialWorker.com more than 8 years ago


I want to recommend an excellent book to you that addresses your well stated points, Brad: "Self-Care in Social Work," by Kathleen Fox and Sue Steiner, I also will do my best to address them in my book. Thanks for writing.

SaraKay Smullens more than 8 years ago

I completely agree with this research and tips that all social workers need to learn to take care of themselves. However, what was not mentioned is te fact that SW are burn out because not only we deal with stressful situations, but we barely get a fair, living wage. We are as poor as some of the population we advocate for and the NASW keeps ignoring that passion is the main drive for us SWs, but we need fair pay and great representation by NASW. Please sign my petition on change.org on fair pay and universal licensure by Kerry B.


Kerry more than 8 years ago

Follow the model of the teacher revolution

I agree, Kerry. Working at a school as a social worker, I am amazed at the self-advocacy journey that the teaching profession has gone through. They too, were once extremely under-appreciated, underpaid (although, they will not get rich, at least their salary is decent, speaking for Texas specifically) but they organized themselves and demanded more. Social workers have not done that. We are too busy advocating for our clients. I am not even one year into the profession and I get it. I get the burnout, especially in working with non-profits. The amount of documentation is cumbersome to say the least and I find myself worrying about my paperwork more than I do providing quality services to the children. I feel sick when I feel accomplished for having finished my monthly paperwork, yet my clients are the ones to suffer.

Kristen more than 8 years ago

Why would anybody want to work this high stress low paying job?

Social work does not sound fun, long hours, little pay and burnout. Why would anyone want this job?

Will Red more than 6 years ago


I think because we want to help people. We want that so much that we neglect ourselves.

Bethany more than 5 years ago

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