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Self-Care in Social Work

A Guide for Practitioners, Supervisors, and Administrators

This book contains information and true accounts that may stir strong emotions in the reader. Stories shared and illustrations provided are sometimes graphic and disturbing. Our intent is to provide an honest portrayal of the traumatizing and stressful circumstances that professional helpers frequently face. It may be important for readers to pace them- selves as they absorb this material. Our overall aim, however, is to reveal the coping ability of social workers and strategies for self-care that have proven to be effective. We include many examples of the ways in which practitioners, supervisors, and agencies manage the stress involved with a highly challenging yet rewarding occupation.