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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

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

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