14 episodes

This podcast aims to inspire social workers to:
Discover new areas of practice
Gain insight into specialty areas and learn new skills
How to combine different specialities
Be motivated and inspired by hearing the stories of other social workers and not only hear about their successes but also hear about their struggles , challenges and fears
Learn about some of the different fields of social work , how to work with each other and what are some of the strengths and limitations of those areas
advice about how to develop your clinical skills and some of the tools you can adapt into your work
Give advice on books to read and other resources
And importantly self-care advice and how to reduce burn out

https://insidesocialwork.com/

The Inside Social Work Podcast Marie Vakakis

    • Social Sciences

This podcast aims to inspire social workers to:
Discover new areas of practice
Gain insight into specialty areas and learn new skills
How to combine different specialities
Be motivated and inspired by hearing the stories of other social workers and not only hear about their successes but also hear about their struggles , challenges and fears
Learn about some of the different fields of social work , how to work with each other and what are some of the strengths and limitations of those areas
advice about how to develop your clinical skills and some of the tools you can adapt into your work
Give advice on books to read and other resources
And importantly self-care advice and how to reduce burn out

https://insidesocialwork.com/

    Going from student to professional and starting a social work newsletter with Joanne Young and Alice Cairn

    Going from student to professional and starting a social work newsletter with Joanne Young and Alice Cairn

    Going from student to professional and starting a social work newsletter with Joanne Young and Alice Cairn
    Jo is doing her final year of a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying), and is currently supporting caseworkers working with vulnerable families and children. Alice is a social worker in a residential educational setting and recently graduated from a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying). Alice and Jo produce a periodical that centres around social workers, the field and the various challenges that people are addressing in their area of expertise. 
     
    It all started with a video essay... 
    Jo and Alice wanted to showcase the incredible diversity and skills of their peers. There were students in their course who had already accomplished so much in a variety of setting, locally and overseas.  The idea built momentum, Jo and Alice teamed up and Social Work Talk was born.
    Find them on their Facebook page @Social Work Talk Quarterly  
    In this episode listen to Jo and Alice share their experiences moving from students to professionals
    Some of the things we talk about
    Challenges doing research on placement Having difficult conversations with your onsite supervisor or manager while on placement Being prepared for the expenses of the profession Professional development Supervision Memberships and associations  
    Find Jo and Alice 
    https://www.facebook.com/socialworktalkquarterly/
     
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    • 44 min
    Working with Young People. Talking school refusal and balancing teachers, parents and young people's differing needs.

    Working with Young People. Talking school refusal and balancing teachers, parents and young people's differing needs.

    In this episode, Sarah and I talk about the challenges of working with schools and balancing wellbeing and student academic outcomes. Sarah shares some of the various programs some schools are implementing to support students with their wellbeing and mental health. We discuss the impact of being in a caring role and supporting those around us, Sarah shares her self care tips and how to set boundaries with those around you, so you’re not a ‘social worker’ 24 hours a day.

    • 44 min
    Trauma sensitive yoga practice: Creating a safe space in a yoga studio for survivors of sexual assault.

    Trauma sensitive yoga practice: Creating a safe space in a yoga studio for survivors of sexual assault.

    Today's show looks at a different way working with survivors of sexual assault. In this episode, you’ll hear how Clare uses trauma-sensitive yoga to support survivors of sexual assault. Clare Pritchard has been practising yoga since 1995. She is a Certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator, a Certifed Iyengar Yoga teacher, and has completed a number of certificates in yoga programs for children.

    • 41 min
    What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Tapping ? With Khadine Aharon

    What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Tapping ? With Khadine Aharon

    Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It's also referred to as tapping. It can be a stress-reduction technique and has a wide range of applications. There is a growing research base for this technique. 

    • 41 min
    Doing the work we love shouldn't make us ill. Talking burnout and self care with Helen Gray.

    Doing the work we love shouldn't make us ill. Talking burnout and self care with Helen Gray.

     
    In this episode, we talk about burn out and why self-care is crucial to prevent burnout. Helen shares her personal journey in the social work profession and how she experienced burnout while managing a team. This led Helen to develop her own burnout course and resources to support social workers. 
     
    Originally from the UK Helen studied Social Policy and Politics at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and has a Masters of Social Work from Queens University Belfast, in Northern Ireland. Helen’s career has mainly been in the Family and childcare arena including Statutory child protection in the heart of Belfast, work with youth at risk of homelessness in Northern Ireland and Sydney and managerial role in an NGO family support and risk prevention program with families that had ROSH reports made.
     
    In 2015 Helen experienced a psychological breakdown as a result of burnout and the impact of vicarious trauma and left her practicing social work career in mid 2016. Helen now has an emerging startup business with a focus on supporting practicing social workers to gain awareness, knowledge and skills to reduce the impact of vicarious trauma and burnout on their health and profession.
     
    Helen has a growing interest in the role of Moral Resiliency, Moral Distress and Moral residue play in a Social Worker’s career and wellbeing.
     
    Helen is launching a pilot of her specialised program, Because You Care - SOS (stands for save our social workers) in August providing online training and support to enable social workers to explore their wellbeing and the impact of their work.
    Burn out is such a popular phrase at the moment. 
    Now considered and occupational phenomenon - changing what it means and how it impacts people's working lives 
    Sometimes we don't understand the signs and symptoms of burn out, often thinking its something wrong with us and some kind of deficits we have.
    Syndrome from chronic workplace stress that hasn't been successfully managed. Easy to start associating blame, it’s not being managed by the individual, or by the organisation. 
    We need to neutralise the idea of where the challenges have come, and not assign blame. We need to work together to prevent outcomes of burnout. 
    Signs and symptoms of burn out
    Physical signs
     
    Feeling tired, lacking energy, lethargic Changes in sleep - too little or too much Changes in appetite  
    Emotional signs  
     
    Increasing irritability Self doubt Feeling unable to do the things you normally do Sense of failure Feeling helpless and hopeless Feeling detached  Loss of motivation  Being cynical and negative  Decreased satisfaction   
    Behavioural 
     
    Withdrawing from responsibilities Isolating yourself Coping with alcohol or other drugs Being late to work Missing work all together  Worker harder than normal Not taking leave Working additional hours  
    Vicarious trauma
    Impact on ourselves from the repeated exposure of the traumatic material shared with us from our clients. Being alongside them as they handle/ go through those traumatic experiences. It starts to have an impact on the internal psyche and the external world view, the cognitive schema of the social worker.  As a professional, your self of self, your identity, worldviews and norms starts to shift. Very subtle, your sense of reality may be vastly different from that of others. 
    Moral distress
    We train ourselves to look at situations from different angles and assess what's happening. 
     
    Where you know what the right thing is to do, but you’re prevented from taking that action due to constraints - organisation, budget, time etc
    Then there is a consequence to that. You then have a physical or physiological response to that. 
    It’s vitally important to take responsibility to do what is needed. 
    You need to be given the time or you

    • 53 min
    Dr Laura Hart talks teen Mental Health First Aid

    Dr Laura Hart talks teen Mental Health First Aid

    Episode 8
    Teen Mental Health First Aid
     Dr. Laura Hart is a Senior Research Fellow in the Engaging Minds in Body Image and Eating Disorders (EMBodIED) Research Team at La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health, and in the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne.  
    Dr. Hart has been working in population mental health for over a decade. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and disseminating training programs for the public to improve prevention, awareness and help-seeking for mental illness. Her research has been recognized with multiple awards, including a 2016 Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, and a 2017 Australia Endeavour Award to spend 6-months working with Harvard University’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders in Boston, USA. 
    She is currently working on two programs. Confident Body, Confident Child is a parenting program to promote body satisfaction, balanced eating patterns and physical activity in children aged 2-6 years. The teen Mental Health First Aid program is training course for secondary school students to learn how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. 
    What is mental health first aid?
    An organisation started by Betty Kitchener and Prof Tony Jorm in 2000
    Started the Youth MHFA program
    To support young people with their mental health.
    While this increased teachers knowledge and increased teachers confidence.
    Just training adults wasn't enough to prompt young people to get help.
    Research showed teens more likely to seek help for mental health problems from their friends.
    How to teach young people the tools and skills they need and the appropriate level of responsibility that they can have. 
    not burden them not have them develop a disorder or problem not to be a counsellor or clinician to a friend.  Just enough to teach them to provide that initial first aid. The emphasis is on getting an appropriate trusted adult involved.
    When young people are establishing help-seeking behaviour have negative experiences of reaching out to adults, if they feel they are being rejected or stigmatised or well supported, they’re not as likely again in the future to reach out for help. 
    What do teens learn in teen MHFA?
    Breaks down concerns about confidentiality. Teaches them at what point the young person can break that confidentiality and go to an adult. 
     
    Tips for adults
    Listen non judgmentally
    Understand the context that a young person is struggling with
    Who are the appropriate supports for that person
    It’s ok to say you’re not the right person
    Sometimes the best thing you can do is to find the next person who will be the best support. 
    Encourage other supports 
    Self help Linking in with friends Telephone help/ online counselling Some symptoms can be misunderstood and seen as ‘moody’ or ‘difficult’
    If you're feeling isolated and low, sad, or overwhelmed you my think peoples reactions may be negative. 
    How to teach the difference between feeling stressed or sad and having a mental illness?
    Change to a person's feelings, thoughts or behaviours that do go away and impact how they function day to day. 
    Are mental health problems getting worse or are we talking about it more?
    The simple answer is we don't know.
    It’s really hard to say, we are talking about it more, 
    The way we measure mental health problems has changed over time.
    Despite us getting more treatment and talking about it more
    We don’t seem to be getting happier
    We have a higher quality of life than ever before but not happier.
    Some psychological distress that's not alleviated by new advances in health, wealth and lifestyles.
    Laura's tips for her wellbeing.
    Taking time out

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

Talei19 ,

So good to hear!

Great to hear the many things that social work is all about first-hand.

tarakerr ,

This Podcast Deserves More Than 5 Stars!

I LOVE how informative and inspirational this podcast is! Thanks for sharing practical advice and strategies in a very relatable way! I wish I could give you more than 5 stars!

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