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Self Care Summer

In conjunction with the publication of our newest book, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals, we are launching our Self-Care Summer project! You can participate by reading the book and developing a self-care plan, submitting an essay or other creative work about self-care, or completing a #selfcaresummer pledge and sending us a photo to publish on our website and/or social media! Here's to #selfcaresummer! We will post more details soon.

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

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. more

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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

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When mindfulness occurs, a connection happens to each moment, allows that moment to make a mark on your journey. For social workers to use mindfulness and be present with connection allows for self-care and self-awareness. more

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I have discovered that occupying a space of unbridled curiosity not only shakes off my work-day woes, but teaches me to be a better social worker. more

Self-Care Summer

Meditation, self-compassion breaks, and gratitude are ways to extend the same generosity to yourself that you extend as a helper to others. more

Self-Care Summer

As part of "Self-Care Summer," The New Social Worker Book Club's Summer 2017 book club selection is The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

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As a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, the cultural teachings I learned in my youth have sustained me through challenging times. In all tribal nations, cultures’ spirituality and healing align and influence the creation of art. more

Self-Care Summer

Our bodies and minds know what they need through the help of being asked high mileage questions. more

Self-Care Summer

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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You can participate in The New Social Worker's Self-Care Summer 2017 project. Here's how. more

Self-Care Summer

With the right tools in your toolbox, you can achieve success and self-care in your social work career. more

Self-Care Summer

The issue of achieving “good” self care at any time during one’s social work career is a near universal one. First, what “good” self care means varies from social worker to social worker. more

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

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Watch the book trailer for The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals. more

Social Work Books

Social workers save lives every day, and it does not mean that you are not a superhero simply because you need to recharge. more

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