Therapeutic relationship

What should I say next? This question, arising after the paperwork of intakes and goal setting, can feel terrorizing to social work students and new clinicians. It gets at the heart of what we do and the desire to always say the right next thing. Read more

Clinical Intersections

Social workers often focus on successful outcomes. But has this emphasis diminished the role of process in social work practice? Can we resist the urge to "fix" and instead "sit with"? Read more


What I have loved most about the positions I have held in clinics and agencies is being able to be present. The ability to be present is to be completely in the moment and to listen, really listen with your whole being; from your head to your toes. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

Active listening and being fully present with others cannot be underestimated.  Every person has a story and every person wants to be heard. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017 3 Comments

While she was certainly a challenge, and not at all what I envisioned, Ms. B taught me that I should strive to enter any new client situation with perseverance, patience, compassion, empathy, and maybe a few emergency butter packets. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

By recognizing what happens when the two of us are together, we give voice to the “thirdness” that arises in our work. Read more

Real World Clinical 1 Comments


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