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“Re-storying” is an aspect of the narrative approach that I’ve appreciated for many years. Here, I share an example - a re-storying of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree - and invite you to share in re-storying, as self-care. Read more

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What does "home" mean to you? Is your home a space that is consistent with your self-care needs? What are you grateful for, and what would you like to change about your home? Read more

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Perpetuating the “strong black woman” message is unrealistic and problematic. By internalizing it, I was unknowingly stripping myself of the opportunity to be vulnerable, acknowledge my needs, and take care of myself. Read more

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Self-care is an ongoing struggle for social workers. These 5 myths make it harder, not easier. Read more

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Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. The most important thing about self-care is that it’s personal to you. Sometimes it’s important to go back to the basics. Read more

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World Social Work Day 2019

Designed by Martha Rothblum

Too often, social workers forget or deny that we are human! For World Social Work Day, Erlene Grise-Owens urges social workers to be apply the importance of human relationships to themselves. Read more

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In 2008-2009, NASW issued a Policy Statement on Professional Self-Care and Social Work, calling self-care “an essential underpinning to best practice in the profession ." How are we doing a decade later? Read more

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Professional self-care is crucial for social workers. Boundaries and balance are important elements of self-care at work. Read more

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Your relationship with self-care and burnout doesn't have to be awkward. Use mindfulness, optimism, and purposefulness, and invest in your relationship with yourself. Read more

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The typical understanding of self-care is that it happens outside work. However, professional self-care—practicing self-care as part of work—is crucial! Read more

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Self-care is critical for social workers. Choosing one word for the new year and identifying specific, actionable steps can help you focus your self-care efforts. Read 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." Read more

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Doing the same thing expecting different results is not realistic. Why approach self-care in the same way? Sometimes we need to relax, reset, and rediscover! Read 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. Read 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! Read more

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Perseverance. Strengths. Resiliency. Motivation. These familiar words are more than just good terms for case notes and programming. Through challenging experiences, these principles have formed my self-care philosophy. Read 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. Read more

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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. Read more

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

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