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Mental Health Issues Among Social Workers: Finding our Superpower.

  • 1.  Mental Health Issues Among Social Workers: Finding our Superpower.

    Posted Mar 10, 2022 11:28
    There is good evidence that social workers as a group have experienced more childhood trauma and parentification in their families of origin and as a result have elevated rates of mental health and substance abuse problems.  However, there are hidden gifts in these struggles that we can use to heal and enrich our lives and that of our clients.

    Kintsugi Antique broken Japanese bowl repaired with gold.  kintsugi stock pictures, royalty-free photos & imagesThis is an example of kintsugi pottery; an art form in which broken dishes are put back together using gold. This is a good way for us to think about our wounds.  First we must identify them, and then consider the gifts concealed in these experiences. What superpowers have we developed (or can we develop) as a result of what we have been through?  Read more here:
    The Right Time to Recognize the Superpowers of the Wounded Healer | Rutgers School of Social Work

    Happy Social Work Month!

    Michael LaSala, Ph.D., LCSW
    Professor and Director of the DSW Program
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey