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Apr 24, 2009

End of Week Social Work Census (1)

Well, I thought I'd try one of these roundup thingamabobbers. I was trying to come up with a witty name for it, such as The Social Work Survey, or The Social Work Census, but I'll leave that for now. I'm gonna give it a shot and see how long I can keep up with it. And so then, here we are:

To start us off, we have the blog Life of a Social Worker , whose students have surprised him with an assignment that is quite relevant to this blog:

This year, I have again assigned the Social Welfare Lab Class an assignment to do a blog. There were the initial grumbles, to be expected.
And yet, the students have impressed my beyond the expected. Several have garnered readers from outside of our program and in fact outside our country. They are impacting people across the world. How could I anticipate that. Several have been very open and spoke about what they really felt.
 Amy's Life in Brief discusses whether to suggest blogging as a therapeutic activity for clients :
...but thought to myself, “I wonder if this patient blogs? Blogging would probably be another good outlet for them.” This patient shared a number of creative writing exercises they do and also an activist-like role they have taken on since being diagnosed with their illness.
Not another "Moo" point suggests some papers that social work students should hold on to . As well, they offer up a very therapeutic suggestion on how to let go of a semester:

At the end of the year I love to throw my papers, notes, or anything school related right into the trash. In fact, my friends and I have a tradition of having a bon fire at the end of every school year just so we can get the satisfactory relief of watching everything burn. I probably shouldn't be confessing this secret on a school blog page, but I think a lot of us are aware of how gratifying if can feel to finally let go of the stress caused from writing final papers.
Finally, Kirsten from Social Work at ASU suggests a novel way that social workers can use sock puppets:
While in the StAR office one day an idea popped into my head while I was on a (sadly) usual rant about my struggles dealing with these conflicts. I was so frustrated that I just could not say the things I really wanted to say and felt almost stifledthat I was not able to say what was on my mind. So my idea was this, if I had a sock puppet of this individual I could say everything I wanted to in the safety of my own home while inducing laughter rather than perpetuating my upset emotions.
By the way, if you have a better name for this roundup, please let me know. I'd love to have something more creative. 



cb said...

Nice roundup and some interesting pieces I hadn't come across! very much appreciated!

oregonamy1972 said...

How about "Weekly Social Workings"?

StressFreeCaringInTheCity said...

Since I found your site I have been getting loads of great information to help me post stress management information on my blog www.ReduceSocialWorkerStress.com/blog.
Well done.

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