I recall many times hearing the words “self-care” thrown out in my BSW and MSW classes.... So why, then, do recent research articles indicate that the numbers of social workers leaving our profession or the “frontline,” well before retirement, are trending upward? The importance of self-care is not as simple as taking long, relaxing baths and getting massages
...our profession needs to reframe the idea of self-care to value and teach it as an essential component of social work practice. We often think of self-care as something we do only when everything else is done. In reality, we need to practice simple self-care strategies before, during, and after our work day.
"As social workers, we are mandated to have a high level of competency when working with any marginalized community. Given the ways in which trans people are being particularly targeted at this time, our mandate grows considerably. Here are some ways to enhance our work with trans people, in order to lessen the burden of the persecution that continues to doggedly follow this diverse treatment... View details ⇨
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The person initially tasked with Affordable Care Act implementation was the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009-2014. In this exclusive interview, Secretary Sebelius offers advice to aspiring human service professionals, as well as her insights on modern social welfare.
There is so much that we get wrong about grief, and it isn’t surprising. Like most things in life, we are desperately trying to keep an unwieldy process orderly and comprehensible. The fact about grief, though, is that it is neither.
Practicing these [mindfulness] techniques will not prevent stress completely or take it away when it occurs, but doing them with care and attention on a regular basis can help us manage more effectively. Here are several to consider.
We must, individually and collectively, advocate for the compensation that our valuable contribution to society deserves.... As part of self-care, consider how to negotiate more money or other benefits from your job.