Social Worker Burnout

The World Health Organization recently declared burnout as an “occupational phenomenon.” This recognition gives legitimacy to the move toward self-care as a means to address this phenomenon Social workers can lead in addressing burnout. Read more

Self Care

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. Read more

Self-Care Summer 6 Comments

I do not mean to dismiss your feelings. I just want us to remember that our clients are really tired, too. Read more

Practice 8 Comments

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

Self-Care Summer

Why should self-care only be pursued when working in a particularly stressful environment or after a negative event? Self-care is an individualized lifestyle, both unselfish and necessary. Read more

Self Care

None of us do self-care perfectly; yet, we often try to live up to an expectation of perfection. Instead, let’s commit to live into the possibilities of self-care! Read more

Self Care

Burning the Candle at Both Ends - poetry by social worker Mirel Adler. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

CAREgivers Film Underscores Importance of National Caregivers Day

#NationalCaregiversDay is February 17, 2017. Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain is an award winning documentary film about the impact of vicarious trauma and how to promote staff resiliency. Read more

Social Work News

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

Self-Care Summer 3 Comments

Book review of Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work by SaraKay Smullens, reviewed by Karen Zellmann. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

There is hope and inspiration in gathering social workers together to talk about our work, the challenges, and most importantly, reconnecting to what brought us to this work in the first place and what sustains us. Read more

Social Work Month 2015

You land your ideal social work job and are thrilled. Then, when you begin work, you realize that your boss is severely burned out, and the staff is under heightened stress from negative leadership, which is causing poor worker-client relationships Read more

Practice 1 Comments

Is burnout an endpoint or a process? If it is an endpoint, are professional helpers at risk for that outcome while having limited ability to do anything about it? If it is a process, doesn’t that suggest we can have control over burnout? Read more


Help With a New Book on Burn Out and Self Care in Social Work

Help SaraKay Smullens in her research for a new book on burn out and self care in social work. Read more

Linda's Agenda 1 Comments

Social work is a rewarding and stressful profession. Be strong and resilient through self compassion, peer groups, and principles of appreciative inquiry. Read more

Practice 2 Comments

The training to become a social worker is arduous, demanding, and complex. What isn't always stressed enough are the issues of burnout, compassion fatigue, and the need for self care in the profession of social work. Read more

Field Placement 51 Comments

Burnout, secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue are not exactly the same things, and it’s helpful to be able to distinguish among them. Secondary trauma is the reaction to dealing with other people’s situations, Read more

Ethics 7 Comments


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