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Look, mate, one year is now just two percent of my life. But when I was 20, a year was five percent of my life. And when I was only ten years old, a year was ten percent of my life. So when I was a child, a year seemed to last a lifetime, because in relative terms, it did last a lifetime. One year was a very big chunk of time I had spent on earth. And now it’s just not. When you are pushing 50, a year is over in the blink of an eye.
David Bowie, his perspective on life (via properly-inappropriate)

Anonymous asked:

That self care plan is great! Do you have any other resources like that you can post that can be used in therapy?

Currently, I’m trying to put together the “Tools” section of my page together. I use these tools that have been developed or modified on other peoples’ work and that I would license under a creative Commons License (i.e. don’t sell or steal from me).

The challenge at the moment, is finding the time to do this.


Termination Self-Care Plan

SocialWorkTech: I’m a clinical social worker at a university. This means that at the end of the academic year, I terminate with all of my clients. Here are some some pointers (Which might be applicable if you are addressing them all in a group):

  • Reflect on the relationship; what did it mean to you?
  • What are some of the strengths or areas of growth that you saw your client achieve?
  • How has your client changed since their initial meeting with you?
  • Reflecting on changes already made, what work can your client do over the summer to maintain their progress?
  • What’s on your client’s self care plan for the summer?  Click here for details about SocialWorkTech’s self-care plan and free blank downloads.

Submitted by Social Work Tech

In every place I have ever worked, there were social workers who resisted. They bent and stretched rules to get clients everything to which they were entitled and more; they also coached clients on how to appeal and how to agitate for better services even when these efforts led the client to lay a complaint against the worker herself. Other workers refused to document things that might jeopardize clients, grieved increased workloads through their unions, leaked documents to the media regarding agency cuts to service, built new services from the ground up, and organized or attended actions against cuts to human service funding.

Though valuable, micro-resistance, like the tactics detailed above, tends to slow down or temporarily sidetrack right-wing agendas rather than fundamentally reorganize the systems that generate oppression and exploitation. However, tactics like these generally foster more resistance and foster debate and interest, and, as Jesse Jackson notes, they “keep hope alive.” Hope is one of the strongest tools for those of us who choose resistance over compliance with oppressive and exploitive systems.

Donna Baines, “Bridging the Practice-Activism Divide in Mainstream Social Work: Advocacy, Organizing, and Social Movements” in Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work (2011), p. 89
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when i do direct service this is the kind of social worker i am

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If you do micro social work and aren’t subversive, GTFO.


Should I still apply for a job if they require experience with harm reduction and I like am familiar with the principles and am totally pro-harm reduction but I don’t really have specific experience with that? Also, the job involves supervising case managers and I have never been a professional case manager (just in volunteering) so I feel uncomfortable with that?

And I know this organization and they prefer hiring people who come from the foster system and/or have been homeless and I am neither.

idk, I am thinking it won’t hurt to apply and I can send an inquiry email about if they’d prefer someone who hasn’t been in foster care and/or homeless to not apply?

The worse they can say is no… Apply if you think it’s a job you want and will excel at; they’ll be able to tell if this is a thing you want to do or if it’s a pay-the-job kind of bills (if they’re not desperate to fill the position). While you might be a little bit green for supervising people, they might be able to work you into another part of the organization if you’re qualified.

If you are able to, identify another model/theory that you would use with your harm-reduction model, e.g. psychoeducation, strengths-building to promote self-efficacy, to promote harm reduction.

I hope this was helpful.

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