Planner Reviews – Get Organized!

Today I’m going to talk to you about some of my favorite planners that are available. One of my guilty pleasures is buying planners. My partner laughs at me because I usually have two or three at the house at any given time. What can I say, I like having the option of switching them out! Leaders in Heels 12 Month Planners I stumbled onto the Leaders in Heels website a little while ago and never looked back. They have some amazing products that I love! One of my favorites is the Make It Happen planner. Price: $49.95 (plus optional… Read More

How to Survive an Audit

Audits are one of the scariest words when working in the field. But what if I told you they don’t have to be? Here are some of the ways that I’ve found helpful when audit season rolls around. Stay Prepared You know the saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail?” Well guess what? They’re right. When working in the social work field, we KNOW that there are going to be audits. It’s not a surprise. The best, and most effective, way to survive and audit is to be prepared. This means staying on top of that dreaded documentation. Documentation… Read More

How to Build Rapport with Clients

Rapport is probably the most crucial part of the therapy process. Without rapport, we can’t effectively work with and treat our clients. In this article I’m going to talk a little more about what rapport is and how to build rapport with clients. What is Rapport? rap·port/raˈpôr,rəˈpôr/ a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well. Rapport is something that is vital in the therapeutic relationship. I love this definition of rapport- it’s essentially what all social workers try to do. We need to establish a relationship and… Read More

Rocketbook Core Review – The Future of Notebooks?

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own. Product: Rocketbook Core Price: $32-$34 Size: Executive and Letter sizes available (they also have other notebooks that are smaller) Page Style: Choice between dot grid and lined Colors: Black, Red, Teal, Blue, Orange, Gray, Green, Scarlet Where to Buy: Overview of Rocketbook Core Rocketbook notebooks can be written just like paper and then erased by using a little bit of… Read More

Social Work Internships – How to Pick One

Social work internships can be intimidating and you may feel like you don’t know where to start or what the “right” placement is for you is. I remember when I had to pick an internship I felt like I had no idea where I wanted to go or do. Many times, the interns I work with felt the same exact way. They were nervous about picking a placement and sometimes didn’t get their first (or second, third, forth…) choice for their internship. Some schools pick an internship for you while others give you more freedom to find one for yourself.… Read More

Planners and Organizers – Your New Best Friend

One of the most important parts of being a social worker (albeit not the most exciting part) is the paperwork and documentation. Paperwork is unavoidable. If you work for a non-profit, there are often lots of different things you have to fill out to justify seeing a client. If you work in the private sector, you will usually have to fill out certain documents to get paid. How do we keep up with the demands of our clients, scheduling sessions, AND completing the required never-ended piles of paperwork on top of attending staff meetings, training, and other appointments? The answer… Read More

Why is Self Care Important in Social Work?

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our affiliate disclosure. Self-care seems to be a hot topic lately. It’s getting a lot of attention. You see people post about getting their nails done with the caption #self care or maybe your friend goes to the massage parlor for “self-care.” Little do they know, self care is something that we as social workers have been practicing LONG before it was “cool.” We were basically hipsters of self-care… Okay, maybe not. But it is SO important for us to practice self care. I check in with my interns that I supervise… Read More

Setting Professional Boundaries With Clients – Why, How, and When

Boundaries are something that are essential to every day life but they are especially important when working with our clients. Oftentimes clients don’t understand the therapeutic relationship so we have to make sure we are setting appropriate boundaries with them to help guide them through it. It also can help them learn what to expect from us (aka what we’re willing to give and what we are not willing to give in the newly established relationship). We’re going to discuss why setting professional boundaries with clients is important, how to set boundaries, and when to do so. Why? Boundaries are… Read More

Funny Social Worker Memes – Because We ALL Need A Laugh

Ever see a meme about social work that you can TOTALLY relate to? Me too! If you haven’t, here are some of my favorites! This One Hit Too Close To Home I can almost taste all the Ramen I ate during my internship. This is the Worst! I’ve definitely had bosses (who were NOT clinical) who thought they understood all the clinical aspects of things. I had to tell them why they were wrong ALL. THE. TIME.   Because We Have to Meet the Client Where They Are We can’t make the change for the client- that’s their job. We’re… Read More

Social Worker Jobs – We Can Do Anything!

When I tell people I’m a social worker I almost always get the same responses. Usually, it’s someone assuming that I take people’s kids away. And while there are some social workers who work in the child welfare system, not every social worker does this! The second response is generally something like “oh, how rewarding” or “you’re so selfless.” Yes, it’s rewarding. No, I’m not selfless. I ENJOY what I do! As I’ve said in other posts, the best thing about being a social worker is that you can do just about anything you want. You can find a job… Read More