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July marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
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- International Day of Friendship (July 30)
- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30)
Your Client Is More Tired Than You Are
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Molly Skawski, MSW
Maybe you have read the title and your fingers are pulsing,
anxious to fly across the keyboard and unleash your righteous fury. You
are ready to scroll down directly to the comments section of the online
version of this article and let me have it. You are ready to tell me,
like the good social worker you are, that hardship is relative, that it
is damaging to use “us” versus “them” statements, and that we must give
ourselves permission to feel what we feel. And what do we feel?
Exhaustion. Secondary trauma. Spinning wheels. To you, I say—I know.
I know, and thank you. I know, and thank you, but....
Your client is more tired than you are. She is probably hurting
more than you are, and he probably has more to be angry about than you
do (even if what he has to be angry about is the terrible situation that
he caused himself).
I do not mean to dismiss or minimize your feelings. I know that
the tired is real—the grief, the crippling imposter syndrome, the ever
pouring out, the can-I-be-burnt-out-in-my-twenties(?!). I feel it. I
just want us to remember that our clients are really, really tired, too.
Maybe greater perspective can be a precursor to greater gratitude, and
greater gratitude can be a precursor to sticking it out in this field on
the days when we are absolutely certain that we cannot.
As social workers, we have learned that we should not (no, never)
use the phrase: “I know exactly how you feel.” Okay, well, can I
just...maybe...just this once?
I know exactly how you feel.
Even as I write those words, social work student sirens are going
off in my head, because yes, we all have our individual professional
and personal struggles. Total empathy is totally impossible. And yet, as
important as it is to remember that our struggles are deeply
individual, maybe it is equally important—freeing even—to remember that
our struggles as helping professionals are also deeply universal.
In fact, in full disclosure (I know, we’re not really supposed to
do that either), last night I was hurting. The clients I thought I was
cheering on toward the finish line dropped out of the race, every case
review and court report needed my attention all at once, and another
foster family had put in another 14-day notice asking for the removal of
one of my teens (his seventh in four months). I was bone, body, and
Maybe you have no idea of the struggle of another disrupted
foster home. Instead, maybe you are all too familiar with the
agonizingly slow pace of improved race relations in the United States.
Maybe you are utterly overwhelmed by the manifestations of generational
trauma in your community. My daily struggles are not the same as yours,
but you are a social worker. That is all I need to know to know that
you, too, have been bone, body, and soul tired....
Last night, I wondered aloud if any of what I was doing mattered.
Had anyone’s life been improved by my presence in it? Was change even
possible? With more patience than I deserved, my husband lovingly talked
me down from the edge of that cliff.
....This morning, the sun rose and so did I. I did show up to the
office, and I rounded the corner to my cubicle to be greeted by the
photographs of my children and families tacked haphazardly around my
space. Those beautiful, tired clients of mine. And do you know what I
wished in that moment? Not for five more minutes of sleep or an extended
vacation. I wished that their hurts were the size of mine.
Few of my clients have the luxury of crying into a loved one’s
arms about their hurts. Most of my clients are in places of hurt that
even my best empathy cannot get me to. Often, they are utterly alone in
those places. For some of my clients, I am asking them to stay away from
the people who have given them a sense of belonging—gangs or abusive
relationships or drug buddies. Is it for their best interest? Yes, I
think so. But I do not dare forget that it must also be terribly lonely.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Summer 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Drew McNamara (in PDF format only)
As social workers, we value honesty in our communications with
clients. For some interventions, however, deception or lack of full
disclosure is vital to effectiveness.
Preparing for your job search involves key steps that will make it
more likely that you secure a social work job that is perfect for you.
Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. It is who you are and what you do.
Using community-chosen terminology is an important means of
respecting the identities and autonomy of disabled clients and other
I do not mean to dismiss your feelings. I just want us to remember that our clients are really tired, too.
This article offers BSW and MSW practitioners a framework within
which to think about their work with at-risk LGBTQ-identified youth who
may be facing difficulties in their coming out process.
Gun violence plays a prominent role in social work practice. What can social workers do?
Google is exponentially powerful, and its algorithm is complex. Is it good for your social work client?
It is an ethical imperative to view clinical practice within the
macro context as we strive to become life-long advocates and effective
The heavy toll that can come from doing emotionally difficult work requires a conscious application of creativity and energy to move it forward.
Three very different summer 2018 movies - what can each of them teach us as social workers?
Book review of Brené Brown's Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.
Book review of Choose Hope (Always Choose Hope)
Book Review: Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care for Change Makers
Book review of Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care for Change Makers
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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