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Veterans Day was observed this past weekend. We appreciate all who have served and continue to serve. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest employers of social workers, with more than 8,000 employed throughout the system. Rachel Dietkus Miller wrote a great article about reasons to consider a VA social work career. Read: 11 Excellent Reasons To Consider VA for Your Social Work Career
Thanksgiving is only a week and a half away. I send you good wishes, and I am thankful that you are a part of our social work community. Erlene Grise-Owens wrote about gratitude for her Self-Care A-to-Z blog this month. Read: Gratitude as Focus, Frame, and Fuel for Self-Care
. And Danna Bodenheimer has an important perspective on gratitude and forgiveness at the holidays, in her piece from last year. Read: Saying No to Gratitude and Forgiveness
Reminder: Our Fall issue is out! This issue includes some important articles for all social workers summarizing the NEW NASW Code of Ethics (taking effect January 1) and the new standards for technology in social work practice. If you have not yet read these articles and the related documents, please do! Other highlights include articles on interrupting Islamophobia, resilience for social workers, female genital cutting, making the most of your time as a social work student, asking for professional references, and more.
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Resilience for Social Workers: How To Increase Flexibility, Energy, and Engagement in the Face of Challenge
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW
I arrive at the conference center tired and distracted, aware of
the gnawing anxiety that has been with me since starting my new job
months earlier. “Who am I—feeling this way—to be teaching about
resilience?” I wonder. As I scan the presentation space, taking deep
breaths to calm my nerves, I also remember, “Who else?”
Resilience is not about eliminating anxiety, fear, or
uncertainty. Cultivating resilience allows us to face these and other
stressful experiences with greater confidence, so we have the resources
to bounce back. This article provides an introduction to tools and
resources for building resilience and working with, rather than avoiding
or distancing from, the realities that confront us.
Social work, practiced conscientiously, is a practice of the head
and the heart. Effective social work demands deep engagement at all
levels of intervention. To do this work requires presence,
self-knowledge, acceptance, and flexibility. One has to be willing to
“not know,” even when having practiced for a long time. To do this work
demands tenacity in the face of imperfect systems and inadequate
funding. Grounded in a commitment to serve often-marginalized
individuals, families, and communities, a career as a social worker may
also bring a host of challenges, including the increasingly trying
conditions within which we work.
To address these realities, workshops and articles on stress
reduction, avoidance of compassion fatigue, and burnout prevention have
proliferated with the promise of teaching social workers how to cut
down, manage, or create space from situations that overwhelm us. Within
these approaches, however, is a deep and troubling contradiction.
Burnout is synonymous with breakdown; compassion fatigue with
depletion. Inherent in both is a presumption of finite capacity within
each person that, unless carefully guarded, can be used up. The best
that can be achieved is to stave off or protect against becoming drained
of a precious ability to care, or when nearing a depleted state, to
take time away to refill ourselves with purpose and energy. Furthermore,
the source of this damage and brokenness, against which social workers
are counseled to buttress themselves, is often posited as being the very
people we seek to help. Nowhere within this worldview do we find ideas
about abilities, or promises of the capacity for growth.
Resilience - A Strengths-Based Approach
Resilience, on the other hand, draws from and reinforces a
strengths perspective. The concept of resilience springs from a belief
that, fundamentally, we have personal wisdom and capacity to persevere
and grow from experience. Adopting a resilience mindset helps us to tap
into these capacities and to flourish, even in the face of challenge.
Rather than seeing our work as ultimately draining, we incorporate the
challenges we face into meaning-making. Difficulties are expected as
part of the whole of what we do. When resilient, we seek to understand
adversities that arise, to continually cultivate attitudes of curiosity,
and to formulate actions for solutions and justice.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “an ability
to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Karen Reivich
and Andrew Shatte, in their practical book The Resilience Factor
(2003), discuss resilience as having to do with the ability to regulate
emotions, attention, and behavior. Furthermore, recent research shows
that how you interpret and how you respond to stress is related to how
much stress you will feel. Early research by Suzanne Kobasa (1979)
identified three critical factors for resilience: control, commitment,
and challenge. Resilient people believe that they can influence events
and situations, are engaged and find work as a source of meaning, and
see change and uncertainty as opportunities for growth more than as
Resilient social workers rely on habits of mind and actions to
foster attitudes of open curiosity and awareness of judgment that
sustain them through the vicissitudes of their often difficult work. A
focus on resilience allows us to move from the deficit perspective
posited by avoidance of burnout to a sustainable framework based on
day-to-day positive practices. With resilience, we are more able to keep
our minds free from limiting thoughts, to access courage and
creativity, to connect with others rather than withdraw, and ultimately,
to find new possibilities for ourselves and the people we serve. Buoyed
by resilience, we are more able to confront and work with problems
without losing connection to ourselves or engagement with those we
serve. At its simplest, working on resilience is about being proactive
rather than reactive.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Fall 2017 issue:
Student Role Model - Joshua Collins (in PDF format only)
The NASW Delegate Assembly approved a number of significant
amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics, to take effect January 1, 2018.
Read a summary of the changes. more
How do you secure your field placement? Especially for social work
students in online programs and others whose schools require them to
find their own placements, these 10 tips will provide guidance. more
A crucial step in landing a social work job is lining up
references. Who should you ask? Who should you avoid? What exactly are
you asking them to do, and how do you present them? more
What does it mean to interrupt Islamophobia? And how does social work fit in? more
Mariya Taher focused all of her MSW research on female genital
cutting. Within a few years, she was a sought-after expert on the
Do you want to be the social work student who completes the bare
minimum requirements to get your degree? Or the student who stands out
above the rest? more
What is in the new 64-page document known as the NASW, ASWB, CSWE,
and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice? And what are
social workers saying about the standards? more
Resilience isn't about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty.
Resilience allows us to face challenges with greater confidence and
ability to bounce back. Self-concordant goals, physical well-being, and
emotional well-being are included. more
#MacroSW Twitter chats on the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative are summarized. more
Addison Cooper takes a look at three popular films through a social work lens - The Glass Castle, Leap!, and Cars 3. more
Book review of Shame-Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, and Raise Whole, Healthy Children. more
Book review of Fatherhood in America: Social Work Perspectives on a Changing Society. more
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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