Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work

Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work

A Guidebook for Students and Those in Mental Health and Related Professions

This resourceful guide offers clarification, direction, and opportunity for reflection to help students and professionals in social work, related fields, and beyond find balance in their personal and professional lives as well as ease work-related stress to better serve clients—and, in this way, achieve professional equilibrium, success, and personal fulfillment.

Carol S. Klein says:
Grounded by deep research and valuable insight, humanized by rich experience, this wise book is a must-read (and must-read-again) for caregivers as well as for anyone in or about to enter a profession or serve a philanthropy aimed at creating a better educated, more just and equitable society: doctors and nurses, first responders, mentors, professors and teachers, public defenders, social workers, therapists, and volunteers. Sarakay Smullens’ voice is never didactic, always collegial; the approaches and lessons to put to immediate use are innumerable. Each chapter is followed by engaging thought- and action-provoking questions. (I would tell you some lessons and questions that resonated with me, but it’s better to discover yours yourself.) I have already wrapped as holiday gifts two copies of Burnout and Self-Care—one for my son and daughter-in-law (speech therapists), one for my step-daughter (a family therapist). I’ll be back soon for more copies!

J. Cooperman says:
In clear and compassionate prose, veteran social worker and therapist SaraKay Smullens successfully defines "burn out," and just as importantly, offers practical steps for the self-care that will help readers reengage with their work and family lives. Written for social workers, this book is also a useful resource for anyone struggling to balance emotional well-being with the demands of helping others. Readers will benefit not only from Smullens' academic research, cited throughout the book, but also from her decades of experience as a social worker, therapist, mother, wife and grandmother.

Ellen Singer Coleman, LCSW, says:
Grounded by deep research and valuable insight, humanized by rich experience, this wise book is a must-read (and must-read-again) for caregivers as well as for anyone in or about to enter a profession or serve a philanthropy aimed at creating a better educated, more just and equitable society: doctors and nurses, first responders, mentors, professors and teachers, public defenders, social workers, therapists, and volunteers. Sarakay Smullens’ voice is never didactic, always collegial; the approaches and lessons to put to immediate use are innumerable. Each chapter is followed by engaging thought- and action-provoking questions. (I would tell you some lessons and questions that resonated with me, but it’s better to discover yours yourself.) I have already wrapped as holiday gifts two copies of Burnout and Self-Care—one for my son and daughter-in-law (speech therapists), one for my step-daughter (a family therapist). I’ll be back soon for more copies!

A review from the Journal for Family Life Education

A review from Pennsylvania Physician

A review from The Philadelphia Lawyer

A review from The New Social Worker

A review from NASW 2016 Mental Health Section Newsletter

A review from the CFLE newsletter, Spring, 2017, published by the National Council of Family Relations

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