Busy Bee & Petition to Sign
I feel terrible, things at work have gotten so busy that I have not had time to post! Also, after being engaged for 3.5 years my fiance and I set a wedding date and are planning the celebration!
With that, I have much to get caught up on: IASSW conference, hospitalization of students, termination of a student, and so on!
One thing cannot wait! Check out this petition for an alternative assessment for obtaining for LSW or LCSW. Great social workers who are not avid test takers fail the test every year, now a petition has been started for an alternative assessment. Check it out and sign! :)
More posts coming soon!
We are officially 1/2 way through the first quarter at my school and things are going good. I have had great weeks and others have been hellish! I started my LCSW supervision and have gotten a TON of feedback and great advice.
When I find a free moment I am using it to research and look up different things to help my students or to use in session. Motivational interviewing is something new to me but would be super helpful for a few of my students. I have printed out a few documents and need to sift through them.
In the world of Professional Development I am SUPER excited to register for the Illinois Association of School Social Workers Conference! My school has agreed to pay for all 3 days (what?)! There are so many amazing sessions it was difficult to pick and rank which ones. Check out the website and pricing and see if you (or your school) can afford to go, even if it is just for a day!
So, I recently started meditating as part of my self-care. (I have a track record of not always keeping up with my self-care.)
What are some ways that all of you practice self-care?
I set time aside to listen to music I enjoy. When I am super stressed during the day or even at night I throw a Relaxation station on Pandora! Works like a charm!
Meditation is something I have been interested in starting…maybe I need to jump on it!
I have had a first session with almost all of my students. I successfully built rapport with all of them, even the one who told me they “don’t do social work” and another who asked me “if I can really even do anything” for him.
My first student of the year was put into a hold today, and another tried to elope from school. With the help of staff we were able to get the student to deescalate and stay on school property/come back into the building.
It has been a crazy and busy week (but humpday is over!). My biggest issues are going to be bullying, drugs, sexual abuse, and anger management/coping skills. I also need to get my middle school SED group sorted out!
Let the planning begin!