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
Quick update about my previous post:
CAREER: I had plans of leaving the agency, but I have more thinking to do before I take that risk again. Second, I will be renewing my LMSW next summer coming up 2019! Third, still adjusting to the new changes in our office. I have been doing yoga recently and that has helped with some of my stress. Fourth, I have an outline of being a certified trauma focused CBT child therapist. I’m adding adult trauma in this too (I just have to do some research) and lastly I am trying to get better at my paperwork/caseload (it’s never ending!)
PERSONAL: I still struggle to make friends and be able to be social like I would like to be, but it’s been okay for me. I find myself busy at times and depending on the weather I stay in with my dogs which isn’t always good because they need to let out their energy. I did sign up for a 10 k in October which I will start training for next month. I still have a roommate that helps out paying my loans and will have a second one in July.
That’s my quick update.
I have books that I want to start reading on and keep decluttering my life gradually. GOALSSSS!!
Here are 4 goals to meet within the next year:
- Meet 100hrs of face to face clinical hours each month (at least 90% or higher)
- Complete all paperwork within the time frame expexted
- Increase emergency services during office hours and afterhours
- Certify in Family & children trauma cognitive behavior therapy
The first three are required to continue my work at my agency. The last goal I suggested it to my supervisor because it would be useful to have as I build my own expertise.
I want to share with you the loss of another client.
I will not provide details of course. I will only express my feelings in processing my grief.
The first client I lost was before working a year in the field. I cried for this person. I met this person for at least 3 times. The death was Unknown, possibly of an overdose or withdrawal. I still cannot get over the loss. Because of this person, it changed me in the way I ask my questions and ask often about suicidal thoughts or attempts.
This next person that passed away, was the nicest person ever. I had the pleasure to work with them for a year. It is also uncertain to me what happened. My thoughts are medical reasons. This time I did not cry, I gave myself some quite time and thought about my work with them.
If I had a super power, it would be to heal humans from pain, and trauma.
I have learn quickly that I must adjust to situations in order to continue my work.
I know both souls are looking down on me and others. I wonder whats it like over there. I pray for them whenever I am reminded of them. It is admiring that they have allowed me into their world for a moment where I was their listener and allowed them to feel safe to express their most deepest concerns. I carry it with me as I continue to help my brothers and sisters in suffering.
May they rest in peace. Farewell beautiful souls, farewell angels.
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|
|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 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|
|Substance Use in the Family||2|
|Suicide Assessment and Treatment||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|