Creative Social Worker
Click here for a free ebook featuring a compilation by Liana Lowenstein of engaging activities for children and adolescents.

Click here for a free ebook featuring a compilation by Liana Lowenstein of engaging activities for children and adolescents.

Hello! I'm a HS student looking in to doing social work as a career, and I'm just wondering if you think a sociology degree would be a good degree for social work? I have seen many more sociology programs than BSW ones. Thank you!
Anonymous

If you only plan to get an undergrad degree then it may be a little easier to find work with the BSW, but if you get some experience the Sociology degree should be fine.  If you plan to get your Masters in Social Work then you can apply to programs with either.  If you want to be a therapist and are interested in Psychology, then you may find that degree more helpful.  

I am a brand new MSW. I do in-home work with adolescents. My supervisor is not very approachable and I am struggling with one of my clients who is 17 years old and very defiant, physically aggressive and impulsive. I have been trying to work on coping skills, which she is already aware, of but will not use them in that moment. And any reminder to take space makes the behavior worse. Do you have any recommendations to decrease this impulsive and increase coping skill use? Please help! I'm stuck!
Anonymous

Hiii.  Congrats on starting your program!!  I can speak generally about impulsivity/defiance.  First, it can take time for skills learned in session to generalize so keep practicing! A lot of the time impulsive behavior is triggered by intense emotions (ex. anger) (which also makes it more difficult to utilize coping skills).  Working on basic feeling identification/expression/affect regulation/communication/etc. can help.  Treatment for kids with oppositional defiant or conduct issues has a huge focus on family therapy/parent training and skills building. Impulsive teens need very clear rules/consequences and a lot of rewards (even for small gains), so it’s good to work with the caregivers on that.  I hope that helps some.

DIY Magic Wands:  You can learn a lot about a child through their deepest desires. Wand play can be a fun way to engage children in this conversation and segue into some more CBT and solution-focused work.  Follow the links below for some DIY ideas.  

Printable in-session signs.  Click here if you want to download free PDF versions.

Creative Workbook: Gervanne (tumblr follower) created this workbook to support her recovery as she begins to prepare to transition out of therapy.  She was having trouble connecting with the workbooks her therapist had so she decided to use her creativity to personalize one that works best for her.  Above are some examples of pages and you can click here to view the full version.  

traumasocialworker:

When working with survivors of sexual or domestic violence, especially teenagers, they can be very slow to open up. Many survivors are understandably weary about trusting people. When working with survivors of sexual violence, many of them will say they do not like to think about or talk about what has happened to them. This leaves many counselors wondering how they can approach the subject.
I tell all my clients that they do not have to tell me any details they don’t feel comfortable. It’s not about process the event(s), it’s about processing their feelings around what happened. As soon as I say this, many of my clients begin to visibly relax.
So how can you get the conversation about their feelings started? I use this worksheet that lists many different feelings, and have them circle which ones apply to them. I then discuss each emotion they have circled and how it is affecting their life. This has been especially useful with teenagers!

Click here for a printable jpg version 

traumasocialworker:

When working with survivors of sexual or domestic violence, especially teenagers, they can be very slow to open up. Many survivors are understandably weary about trusting people. When working with survivors of sexual violence, many of them will say they do not like to think about or talk about what has happened to them. This leaves many counselors wondering how they can approach the subject.

I tell all my clients that they do not have to tell me any details they don’t feel comfortable. It’s not about process the event(s), it’s about processing their feelings around what happened. As soon as I say this, many of my clients begin to visibly relax.

So how can you get the conversation about their feelings started? I use this worksheet that lists many different feelings, and have them circle which ones apply to them. I then discuss each emotion they have circled and how it is affecting their life. This has been especially useful with teenagers!

Click here for a printable jpg version 

DIY Masks: Here are some links to various DIY mask ideas. Masks are great for clients who hide their emotions, feel conflicted, have difficulty expressing themselves, etc. They can easily be used in future activities and two-sided masks can add another level of meaning.

traumasocialworker:

These are the incredibly beautiful trauma masks my client made yesterday. On the left mask is how she feels others see her. On the right mask is how she sees herself/how she feels inside. As you can see, there are very striking differences. We explored the differences and meaning of each picture. 
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traumasocialworker:

These are the incredibly beautiful trauma masks my client made yesterday. On the left mask is how she feels others see her. On the right mask is how she sees herself/how she feels inside. As you can see, there are very striking differences. We explored the differences and meaning of each picture. 

Read More

Click here for a free online training on Cognitive Processing Therapy that focuses mainly on treating military and combat-related PTSD.

Click here for a free online training on Cognitive Processing Therapy that focuses mainly on treating military and combat-related PTSD.

traumatherapist:

Pocket-sized Grounding Kit
What do I need?
An index card-sized file folder
Index cards
Pen
Stone
rubber band
red marker (optional)
Where do I start?
First, you want to decide what sections you want. Here are some ideas, though feel free to create your own.
Grounding exercises
Inspirational quotes
Notes from friends, family or therapist (can be collected)
Religious/Bible quotes or sayings
Pictures that are meaningful
Goals you want to accomplish
Neutral comebacks (i.e. “Do you think so?” “How interesting.” “That’s nice.”)
Emergency hotlines, friends or supports to call
Next, create some index cards for each category. The stone, rubber band and marker are in case you need them for grounding exercises. I have clients who keep the marker in the kit so that they can use it if they feel the urge to cut. The pen is so you can add things as you go.
Now you have kit, will travel!

traumatherapist:

Pocket-sized Grounding Kit

What do I need?

  • An index card-sized file folder
  • Index cards
  • Pen
  • Stone
  • rubber band
  • red marker (optional)

Where do I start?

First, you want to decide what sections you want. Here are some ideas, though feel free to create your own.

  • Grounding exercises
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Notes from friends, family or therapist (can be collected)
  • Religious/Bible quotes or sayings
  • Pictures that are meaningful
  • Goals you want to accomplish
  • Neutral comebacks (i.e. “Do you think so?” “How interesting.” “That’s nice.”)
  • Emergency hotlines, friends or supports to call

Next, create some index cards for each category. The stone, rubber band and marker are in case you need them for grounding exercises. I have clients who keep the marker in the kit so that they can use it if they feel the urge to cut. The pen is so you can add things as you go.

Now you have kit, will travel!

socialworktech:

I just published my latest article on Social Work Tech!
Check it out here! 😊
Hopefully it helps you write your case notes better

socialworktech:

I just published my latest article on Social Work Tech!

Check it out here! 😊

Hopefully it helps you write your case notes better

traumatherapist:

Free webinar!

CBT “Diamond Connections” Worksheet:  This is essentially a CBT triangle that also includes a body awareness section.  Click here for a PDF version.

CBT “Diamond Connections” Worksheet:  This is essentially a CBT triangle that also includes a body awareness section.  Click here for a PDF version.