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What About Us? The Mental Health of Social Workers
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Clinical Intersections blog, a collaboration with Walnut Psychotherapy Center in Philadelphia, PA.
This has been our most popular new article so far this year! Read the complete article at:
I had a dream the other night about a client. It was a client I
had only seen three times, probably two years ago or so. In the dream,
she offered to act as the security guard for my newly widowed mother.
She said it was to thank me for our work together.
I am sure there are a lot of meanings that can be made of the
dream, most of which I will probably think of with my therapist or
forget about completely. But the obvious meaning that I draw from it,
right off the bat, is that sometimes we want our clients to take care of
us - not because we aren’t good at our jobs or because we have some
pathological need, but, instead, because it’s hard to be in
non-reciprocal relationships all day. Sometimes we get thanked and
sometimes we don’t. Most times we don’t. And the need to be seen shows
up somehow, in our waking life or sleep.
This is all to say that it’s hard to be a social worker. And
this fact makes it necessary to discuss our mental health openly with
each other, with our loved ones, with our supervisors, and with our
families; as a fact of our lives that we need to tend to carefully,
diligently, and thoughtfully.
Mental health exists on a continuum. We all have it. Sometimes
we lean more toward mental health struggles, and sometimes we lean more
toward mental health stability. We never stay in one place permanently.
It is ridiculous to think that some of us struggle with mental illness
and some of us don’t. Our minds and psyches are all in this, and none of
us are invulnerable to that reality.
Here are some ways to pay close attention to where we are on the continuum at any given time.
1. Do daily body scans.
The relationship between our minds and our bodies is correlated
at an exactly 1:1 ratio. Sometimes information about how our mind is
doing is stored in our body, and sometimes information about how our
body is doing is stored in the mind. We have opportunities to discuss
our minds in different settings, but the body is rarely invited into the
conversation. It falls on us to bring it back. The other day, my watch
gave me an alert that my heart rate was unusually high. It was during a
particularly difficult conversation with a supervisee. But had my watch
not alerted me to how my body was responding, I truly would not have
known. We become so inoculated to our body’s signals because of the
pressures of our work that sometimes we cease being able to clearly hear
them. Tune in and take the data seriously.
2. All buildings have maximum occupancy. What's yours?
I am certain that all clients maintain psychological real estate
in our minds. Some amounts of square footage we are aware of; some are
less obvious to us. I have clients who occupy so much of my thoughts at
times that I wonder how I have time to think about the other things in
my life that really matter to me. This is particularly true when the
cases have high levels of acuity and I am second guessing a lot of the
decisions that I am making. Please know that you, too, have a limited
amount of psychological square footage, and it needs to be used
economically in order for you to experience sustainability during your
career. You can assess your own max levels by the sheer numbers of
clients you have, but the formula is rarely this simple. In fact, the
more diverse your caseload, the more space you often have. But if you
are dealing with recurring themes, diagnoses, and behaviors, it is easy
to short circuit. It is really important to take your own limits
seriously and to figure out how to establish boundaries around
them...which leads me to my next suggestion.
Read the rest of this article at:
Selected articles from the Spring/Summer 2019 issue:
For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
Recent Web-Exclusive Articles
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Resources
National Association of Social Workers Calls for Abolishment of Cash Bail System
The National Association
of Social Workers (NASW) says the cash bail system should be abolished across
the nation, because it discriminates against people of color, women, and
people who are lower income.
“All people accused of crimes are considered innocent until proven
guilty,” said NASW Social Justice and Human Rights Manager Mel Wilson.
“However, one out of three people accused of crimes – or about 450,000
Americans – languish in jail before trial because they cannot afford
The bail system also has insidious ripple effects. People who are
incarcerated tend to experience poorer health and lose their jobs,
housing, and custody of their children.
People who are incarcerated are also more likely to accept plea
bargains to get out of jail. People who can afford bail and are at home
are less likely to plea bargain and more likely to go free.
NASW recommends that the cash bail system and bail bondsman be
eliminated. The ability for people who are accused of crimes to pay
monetary sanctions should also be based on their income level or there
should be a flat reduction in monetary sanctions.
“Ending the cash bail system would help our nation achieve more
equity,” Wilson said. “When people fight their cases from the community,
rather than jail, they can continue contributing to those communities
and avoid the harms caused by incarceration."
How Can Social Workers Help Immigrant Children and Families Separated at the Border?
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Spend a day with social workers in 62 different settings, and learn about the many career paths available to you. Did you ever wish you could tag along with a professional in your chosen field, just for a day? DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS allows you to take a firsthand, close-up look at the real-life days of 62 professional social workers as they share their stories. Join them on their journeys, and learn about the rewards and challenges they face.
the broadness of social work is what brings many people into the
profession, at times it can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, we have Linda
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eyes of those with real life experience.
The 5th edition of Days in
Lives of Social Workers includes traditional and non-traditional
paths that offer a practical and realistic snapshot of the
fields of social work.
An added bonus is the updated list of
professional organizations, web resources, and social media, blogs and
This is a must have for social workers at any stage in their
Jennifer Luna, MSSW
Director, Dinitto Career Center
The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals
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