Meditation for the Perfectionist

Social Workers often have a lot riding on them doing their jobs well. I think we all, to some extent, feel the weight of our jobs as part of society’s social safety net. If you are a Social Worker or helping professional that also contends with anxiety, your ability to cope can be diminished by a sense that perfection is required.

So, for anyone that may find themselves falling into the perfectionist trap; I dedicate this meditation to you. I created it for myself to use during particularly stressful times. If it is helpful to you, please use it. If you would like the file emailed to you, just let me know.

Anyone else struggle with anxiety from rigid self-expectations? Let me know how you deal.

Mandy

Anxiety and Relaxation Meditation

 

 

World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis…

Hey Fellow Social Workers! If Yemen was 100 people, 80 would need aid to survive.

Let’s respond as a profession to this crisis

“The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty”

Hey all! 

Whether you are a social worker or not, we can all do one thing to help Yemen through the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Can you skip a lunch? Skip a coffee? Let’s all skip that item we indulge in to address the starvation and devastation yet.

I chose Islamic Relief USA as they are highly rated for using funds well on Charity Navigator.

To quote my favorite poet, Wendell Berry: “The smallest unit of health is community.” We need each other to be whole. Do what you can.

Mandy

Fundraiser: Social Workers and Allies for Basic Human Needs in Yemen

Social Workers as Hope Providers

There is something about the holidays and the start of the new year that many of us find hopeful. For some Social Workers, we can feel the sharp juxtaposition between this occurance and our experiences day to day with those that have lost hope. That loss of hope becomes even more apparent  amidst the hopefulness that surrounds it in this season.

So today I wanted to highlight a fantastic article written by Elizabeth Clark covering 10 important notes about hope for Social Workers.

Read the full article from The New Social Worker Magazine here and make hope a priority for yourself and those you serve.

10 Essentials Social Workers Must Know About Hope

I hope for hope.

Best to you all,

Mandy

AmeriCorps and Social Work

Check out my new article published today in the fall issue of the New Social Worker Magazine! Thinking about AmeriCorps as a way to social work and want to talk first hand with some one who has done it? Contact me -would love to connect!

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Read full article below:

AmeriCorps as a Path to Social Work

Don’t Wait For Leaders

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

― Mother Teresa

I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot, especially in the last six months. As persons witnessing first hand everyday how environments and system intersect in harmful and tragic ways in the lives of those who lack the protective factors to resist their impacts, social workers are in a unique position in society.

We have vowed not forget those experiencing poverty. As Dorothy Day said

“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”

-Dorothy Day

And still I find that I fall into my own insulated comforts again and again. So this quote holds a sting for me. However, this is not a guilt trip…far from it.

It is meant as an encouragement to you social worker. To you who will muster the creativity, partnership, alliances, good will, and imagination of your agency/community/and each individual that may fall to your caseload– to act. I will be there, in my own community, taking action with you.

There is no one to wait for. It is you.

Mandy

Best Practices Brainstorm

Calling all Case Managers, Program Managers, former program participants, or any other persons who have been involved with a Permanent Supportive Housing Program!

I am seeking feedback on the challenges faced and best practice strategies that have been faced and utilized by persons who have been involved with operating long-term supportive housing programs for chronically homeless persons. I currently manage such a program and could always use new ideas. It is a tough program to run, but success is possible! Maybe you are also working in such a program and feel you need support or ideas-let me know your challenges!

Write me a comment or let me know your thoughts through my contact page!

Thanks all!

Mandy