The work you do as a social worker is too important to allow yourself to burn out. You got into this field because you want to serve others, but the competing pressures of secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and unrealistic expectations are a recipe for burnout. In this six-month group supervision cohort, you'll learn the tools you need to practice in a sustainable way and prevent burnout so you can continue to do your important work.
I'm fairly confident that you didn't go into this field seeking professional and personal burnout, massive amounts of vicarious trauma, and poor professional boundaries that make it nearly impossible to check work at the door and negatively impact your personal relationships.
And yet, that's exactly what happens for many social workers, therapists, and other helping professionals. In fact, over 75% of social workers report experiencing burnout at some point in their career.
The work that we do is far too important for this to continue. That's why this supervision group has been designed to support you in cultivating your own sustainable social work practices.
In our first month together, we'll be discussing the culture of self-care in social work settings. Discussion topics will include:
In month two, we'll be focusing on identifying the differences and similarities between professional and personal self-care. Discussion topics will include:
In month three, we'll be digging more deeply into the practice of professional self-care as a social worker. Discussion topics will include:
In month four, we will be exploring professional identity and professional use of self. Discussion topics will include:
In month five, we will be exploring healthy boundaries for helping professionals including:
In our sixth and final month, we'll be focusing on how to maintain your sustainable social work practice. Discussion topics will include:
Several years ago, I was working full-time as a clinical social worker with families involved in the child welfare system. Every day, I went to work and attempted to make sense of abuse, neglect, and broken families, and children. I was burnt out, but not necessarily what you might typically think of when you picture burn out.
On the surface, everything looked just fine. I still showed up for work every day and was able to be fully present and emotionally available for my clients and co-workers. Under the surface, however, was a different story. Under the surface, I was a hot mess.
Yes, I was showing up everyday, fully present and getting my job done. But it was taking all of my inner strength and resources to be able to do so. I was muscling my way through each day. I was so physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted that I had absolutely nothing left for my friends or family, let alone myself.
The relationships that I should have been nurturing - with my friends, my family, my children, and myself - got pushed by the wayside. I withdrew from the world outside of work and retreated within myself because I worried that my severely limited emotional resources would mean that I may be unkind to a friend who needed my support. As you might imagine, this is not the best recipe for nurturing healthy relationships or living a joyful life. My cup was totally empty all of the time and I was scraping the bottom of the barrel just to get by.
After trying to outrun the voice that was telling me that the pace of my life was unsustainable, I finally learned that nothing external would make the change I was seeking - I had to change on the inside first. Inside this group supervision program, I will be teaching you how to cultivate your own sustainable self-care practice and avoid getting stuck in an endless cycle of burnout.
The rate for group supervision is $50 per hour. Each month, you'll receive three hours of high-quality group supervision with a focus on sustainable social work practice. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot as space is limited. This deposit will be applied to your first session.
All sessions will take place virtually, via Zoom.
Supervision groups will take place once per month, on a Saturday, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Session dates are 9/25/2021, 10/23/2021, 11/20/2021, 12/18/2021, 1/15/2022, and 2/12/2022.
There will be an option to extend your group supervision experience for an additional six months and 18 additional hours. Alternatively, I have limited spots available for individual supervision. If you're interested in individual supervision, reach out to me so we can explore whether we are a good fit.
You are welcome to schedule single or ongoing individual supervision sessions with me at the individual supervision rate of $75 per hour, dependent on availability.
If you know you have a conflict with a scheduled date, please let me know as soon as possible. Options to make up hours will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
If you attend each of the group supervision sessions, you will receive a total of 18 hours of group supervision toward your licensure requirements.
The rate for group supervision is $50 per hour. You will be invoiced $150 for each session based on three hours of supervision per session.
If you still have questions and you would like to hop on a quick call to see if this group is the right fit for you, send me an email using the contact form below and let's connect.