Self Care 101

I strongly believe in self -care. I didn’t noticed I had an issue with self care until my mentor pointed out that I must also take care of myself in order to care for others effectively. In my field especially, working with high levels of stress, can lead to burn out, very quickly. I felt burned out the first 11 months in my job. I think it was because I didn’t have time to process moving into a new area and picking up a caseload of 80 something clients. I can also be a perfectionist and be stubborn. I am the type of person to say “I’m fine, I can come back to myself later. I continue to practice, saying “no” to commitments that do not benefit restoring my energy , setting boundaries,  and seriously taking the time to enjoy “me time.”  I stumbled across this article and want to share this with whoever is interested in self care article/books: self care A-Z article



When it comes to knowledge and building my personal tools — I can be ambitious. This list is over 33 hrs of online training. Although the board can accept 20 hrs, I will be sure to sort out the important ones that I can use within this year and next years. All of them are relevant. However, my time is limited.  I will start them in Aug. I will plan at least 2 electives every month. Perhaps I will start the first of each month to get them out of the way. 

The end of month of — it can be brutal for me, my work requires me to submit all paperwork , up to date at the end of the month. No one fully understands until you yourself do the work. Budgeting purposes. I totally get.


Elective Duration (Hrs) Date Completed
A Culture-Centered Approach to Recovery  1  
Adolescent Suicide 1.5  
Advanced Strategies Motivational Interviewing 1.5  
Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults 1  
Attachment Disorders Part 1: Understanding and Defining Attachment and Trauma 1.5  
Attachment Disorders Part 2: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment 1.25  
Barriers to Recovery 1  
Best Practices: Behavior Support and Intervention 1  
Bipolar and Related Disorders 2.5  
Calming Children in Crisis 1  
Crisis Management 1.5  
Crisis Planning with Families 1.25  
Does Your Organization Measure Up: Are You Really Trauma-informed? 1.5  
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence 1.25  
Internalizing Disorders: A Focus on Anxiety and Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents 1.5  
Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care 1.5  
                                                                             Law, Ethics and Standards of Care in Behavioral Health 2  
Medications Related to Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 1  
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 1.5  
Practical Strategies for Engaging Families and Children 1.5  
                                                                        Professional Ethics for Social Workers 1.25  
Relapse Prevention Treatment Strategies 1.5  
Relapse Prevention: Cultural Issues 1.25  
Solution-Focused Therapy 1.25  
Substance Use in the Family 2  
Suicide Assessment and Treatment 1  
Therapeutic Boundaries 1  
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents 1.5  
WEBINAR: Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Systems 1  
What Does Becoming Trauma-Informed Mean for Non-Clinical Staff 1  
Working with the Homeless: An Overview 1.25  

Social Work Continuing Education …

Below is a list of topics that the national association of social work (NASW) considers qualifying credits for our renewal license.

My work has registar a seminar for me for Tue. Aug 8. Looking forward to it.  It a 2 hr drive and that means I will be up by 4 am – leave no later than 5:30pm. And won’t be back until  8:30pm.

My licence card arrived Friday at noon. It was unexpected — I was told it takes two weeks to process it. How times have changed, my clinical supervisor shared with me several years ago, testing was on paper and wouldn’t get your test results months after! The process was much slower. Amazing.

In my next post I will make a list of the online workshops I am interested in taking.

Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE):
Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined as those formalized activities that are
directed at developing and enhancing an individual’s social work knowledge base and service delivery skills
in the applicable area of social planning, administration, education, research or direct service with
individuals, couples, families, and groups. These activities may include short academic courses, audit
courses in colleges and universities, independent study courses, Internet courses, workshops, seminars,
conferences, and lectures oriented toward enhancement of social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge.

Listed below are examples only and are not intended to be an exhaustive list.
The Board reserves the right to make changes as necessary.
Examples of Acceptable Arkansas SWCE
Sessions on Mental Illness and its treatment
Psychosocial aspects of physical illness, including dealing with dementia in elderly patients
Counseling or therapeutic techniques/intervention in social work practice (including art and music therapy)
Sessions on Substance Abuse Treatment
Social/health policy and its application in agency settings
Sessions relating to the Administration or Management of Social/Health Programs
CQI/TQM Theory and Skills in a social work/case management setting
Sessions on Social Security/SSI Benefits information and changes
Sessions on VA/Medicare/Medicaid Benefit information and changes
College or University related to social work, psychology, sociology or criminal justice
Public assistance programs as they contribute to social work service
Examples of Unacceptable Arkansas SWCE
Adult Protective Services Staff Meeting Foreign Languages (Spanish, German, etc.)
Annual Mandatory Employee Training Handwashing and Universal Precautions
Body Mechanics Hazardous Materials
Computer Courses (Word, Excel, Windows, etc.) How to Manage Priorities and Meet Deadlines
Copier Operation How to Write, Design and Produce
Corporate Compliance Infection Control or Isolation procedures
Correction Security for Non-Security MDS Training or reviews
CPR Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Aging
Customer Service Training Organizing your Work Space
Dale Carnegie Course OSHA – General Safety Guidelines
Defensive Driving Personnel Policies for an Agency
Electronic Medical Records Restraint Use, Reduction, Protocols
Emergency Procedures Self-therapy Group
Employee Handout Special Transit & Rural Transit Safety
Faculty Development Training Speed Reading
Fire Safety The Write Stuff
Fire, Explosions, Evacuations, Weather & Disaster Training on Phone System
First Aid

Any organization staff meeting that is not discipline specific.
Physical or medical workshops without demonstrated psychosocial reference (i.e. how to care for a total knee replacement, CHF and you, diabetic management)
You are encouraged to read the social work continuing education guidelines in the Social Work Licensing Law and Regulation section of our website,
Only continuing education as defined in the guidelines are acceptable.

Continuing education credits/units

Over the weekend I wanted to get a head start on my continuing education units. I find out that I cannot do much until I get that letter in the mail….so I’ll be waiting until July 21st hopefully they have my most recent address.

Based in the state that I am current living in I am required 48 hrs of continuing education for the next 2 years just to be eligible to renew my licence.

So I did some math.

48 hours in 2 years is about 24 hrs yearly, divide that per month, at least 2hrs of training at least!


3hrs must be professional ethics

20hrs can be online training within the 2 years frame.


48 hrs needed minus 20 hrs online = 28hrs outside of field of practice* (Sort of) lets just call them seminars


I have already set aside webinars that I want to do in the fall so I don’t fall behind with my counting education which we call them for short CEU = continuing education units (in case you read my blog and question what is CEU)


Perhaps when I have my official licence # I will post a schedule of my webinars, this will help me be accountable of what needs to get done.

I’m starting to gradually feel better internally doing yoga and gradually being active again.

This feels like a new book in my life,  it’s not a new chapter. It feels as if I’ve entered in a new kind of privilege and figuring out how to make it worth it for those who are disadvantaged.