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Erlene Grise-Owens

Erlene Grise-Owens

Dr. Erlene Grise-Owens, Ed.D., LCSW, MSW, MRE is a Partner in The Wellness Group, ETC.  This LLC provides evaluation, training, and consultation for organizational wellness and practitioner well-being. Dr. Grise-Owens is lead editor of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals.  As a former faculty member and graduate program director, she and a small (but mighty!) group of colleagues implemented an initiative to promote self-care as part of the social work education curriculum. Previously, she served in clinical and administrative roles. She has experience with navigating toxicity and dysfunction, up-close and personal! Likewise, as an educator, she saw students enter the field and quickly burn out. As a dedicated social worker, she believes the well-being of practitioners is a matter of social justice and human rights. Thus, she is on a mission to promote self-care and wellness!

The New Social Worker, in collaboration with BSCorbett Consulting, LLC, presents a series of two webinars for Spring 2018 - on self-care and salary/benefits negotiation. Join us for these career-enhancing presentations by top experts. more

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Book review of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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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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Even after completing a degree, the “practice tests” continue. These "A"s and a PLUS will help you ace the self-care "thing." more

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Recent news includes assassination attempts, a move to erase "trans" as a category of personhood, and violent murders of people because of their skin color and religion. We must continue to do justice and not be daunted. It is essential to self-care. more

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The U.S. culture is experiencing crises. Let’s use this toxic time as an opportunity to learn how to design better hazmat suits, practice radical self-care, and make political action part of self-care! more

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RBG, the recent documentary about cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg, is inspiring and instructive. Amongst many lessons, RBG’s life presents a self-care case. more

Self Care

September 2018 marks two years for the Self-Care, A-Z blog. The blog provides a space to share our struggles, strategies, and successes with self-care. Let's take time to reflect and strategize next steps. more

Self Care

Don't put off self-care. Do it NOW! Start today, use a strengths approach, be SMART-er, enlist support, and reflect. more

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Regardless of practice setting, job role, or cultural context, social work colleagues across the globe agree on the urgency of practitioner depletion/burnout as a professional concern. more

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Leisure time is not a luxury. It is evidence-based best practice and a basic human right. more

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A common metaphor depicts self-care as the emergency mask used in air travel. However, the “mask metaphor” is limited. more

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Attainable self-care must counter the prevalent myth that self-care costs money. An informal survey of colleagues about low/no-cost ideas for practicing self-care yielded fantastic responses. Here’s a composite list. more

Self Care

A recent survey examining self-care practices of social workers identified “financial situation” as a strong predictor of one’s level of self-care*. Financial stressors can contribute to other problems, such as health and relational issues. more

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2018 Social Work Month logo, courtesy of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The 2018 theme for Social Work Month (in March) is: Leaders. Advocates. Champions. How can social work lead, advocate, and champion self-care? more

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about what may very well be the Heart of self-care: Self-compassion. By two of the co-editors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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As we begin 2018, join us in a simple, yet powerful, self-care resolution. The One Word ritual is counter to complicated lists of resolutions.What is YOUR word? more

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Let’s use this month of Thanks-giving to commit to using gratitude as fuel, frame, and focus for self-care. more

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Autumn is an apropos season for emphasizing the important self-care practice of letting go. Consider what you need to let go. What bogs down your spirit and blocks your well-being? more

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September, 2017 marks the Self-Care A-to-Z blog’s one-year anniversary. In celebration, let’s KISS, i.e., Keep it Simple Self-Care! Social work can be overwhelming. Bad news: Self-care is challenging! Good news: it CAN be simple! more

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Social workers, do you struggle with staying motivated for self-care? Most of us do! At times, we need to (re)focus our approach. One such approach is POP: Prioritize, Organize, and Partialize. more

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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! more

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