Therapeutic alliance, clinical confidence, & deliberate practice One of the most beneficial sessions, entitled "A Day for New Therapists: Learning the Principles of Successful Practice" was presented by Lynn Grodzski, LCSW, MCC, LLC http://privatepracticesuccess.com/ . This session outlined all of the important steps required for practitioners setting up a full-fee private practice. The session used [...]
Reflective practitioners are challenged to think about the ways our clinical methods empower, foster, and care for those who are most vulnerable in society.
Visualization is an evidence-based strategy that works to reduce stress Clinical Social Workers and Psychotherapists understand the importance of helping people to learn visualization strategies proven to reduce stress. Visualization techniques employ the imagination in the healing process. Breathing techniques are also highly valued strategies used to reduce the harmful impacts of stress, anxiety, and [...]
Having several options to treat a medical problem such as arthritis, sports injury, or depression increases a patient's or client's sense of control over their own healing. Under the care of credentialed regulated health care providers, people have more treatment options than ever to heal.
Self-care is mastered over several years in the field providing care-work to people seeking support. Developing a healthy regimine is never accidental and reflects your personal sense of worth and self-esteem.
Love is a sacred phenomenon that is best understood by the two people involved.
Fear of the unknown is a common response to technological advancements at work, home, or in the community. The legal and social consequences of technology has shaped the modern landscape of social work.
Healing relationships are real. People in love have the capacity to overcome whatever life brings. Built on strong foundation of respect, care, and friendship, marriages are able to recover from devastating news or discoveries.
Family values are heartfelt traditions, beliefs, and cultural practices that shape the ways we live, understand, and solve problems.
Developing a sense of self is a lifelong journey.
Enthno-Compassionate Social Work values the cultural traditions, history, and language of people settling in a new place for life, or for a short period of time. Affirming one's cultural perspectives and experiences is a welcoming approach that empowers people to grwo increasingly invovled in their new home.
Perseverance is a key attribute of success in personal and professional wellbeing. For Clinical Social Workers, the resolve to develop a repertoire of practice skills and philosophy of care is central to the profession and to those who choose to practice in the field over the long-term.
Building a career is much like constructing a high rise office building. Each year of practice builds the foundation for later work. Receiving your diploma or degree in social work is only the beginning.
Anger is a common emotion that everyone expereinces on a daily basis. It usually signals a problem that requires addressing. Learning to identify what causes your anger starts with an honest conversation about it. Externalizing your feelings is easy when you use a metaphor or image to describe your emotions. It helps you to separate your anger from who you are as person and to address the underlying problem that is indeed the problem.
Similar to the choices we make each day about the foods we eat, emotional balance is also key. How do you balance your personal feelings? What is getting in the way of your personal and emotional sense of balance? What can you change?
What is your philosophy of care in social work? What are some of the elements you consider central to this philosophy?
Social Work practices are varied yet discrete, and therein lies our professional uniqueness. In the early nineties, when I was registered in the graduate program for the Master of Social Work degree, there were three "levels" of social work practice that were referred to as micro, mezzo & macro. Expressed in Latin, these terms referred [...]
Clinical social workers are responding to a growing need for easily accessible expert care.
CBT Informed strategies are evidence-based.
Morning sunrise over still waters
The Modern Social Worker is a new blog written for social workers by an urban social worker practicing in big cities for close to thirty years. Social Work practices are varied. We all agree that social work is a profession discrete from other counselling and direct healthcare practices. Social workers listen, engage, collaborate, & offer [...]
Summer time breakfasts are fun! Summer is a wonderful time for families to spend time together. When my own children were younger and still living at home, summer was also an extremely busy time for me. Organizing day trips, healthy snacks and lunches, and fun breakfasts, summer holidays increased my active duty as “mom”! I [...]
Easy breezy days of summer Living in a country with four seasons is wonderful. Every three months the local climate and ecology changes in rather significant ways. It is truly a gift of nature to observe these changes on large and small scales. It seems as though a local urban street transforms from a dark [...]
Eventbrite.ca Effective strategies for raising empathetic and caring children and adolescents is a symposium for parents and professionals committed to child and family services. Teachers, social workers, child and youth counsellors, early childhood educators, psychologists, and family lawyers interested in learning about evidence based methods, professional networking, and resource sharing are encouraged to reserve your [...]
July 4th is American Independence Day and a time to reflect upon what freedom means to you. There are several ways to think about your personal freedom and the impact of your behaviours and choices on the people in your life at home, work and in your community. Healthy dialogue normally helps to minimize conflict [...]