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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

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The more we talk about being in the same sea as our clients, the more we can demystify the stigma around mental illness that keeps all of us from building the robust teams we need to continue our work in this powerful field of social work. Read more

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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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When I think of social work, building bridges is what we do. We help others identify their strengths, establish a vision, build a bridge, and walk to the other side. Imagine how many more bridges you can build if you model taking care of YOU. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

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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Something is wrong. Free yourselves from the idea that you are what is wrong. You, social workers, are the most right thing out there. This is the first entry in the new Clinical Intersections blog. 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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Ingredients for a successful social work career include presenting yourself as a social worker, planning for licensure, having a self-care plan, and joining your professional association. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

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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