70 episodes

A podcast exploring Social Work practice through stories & critical reflection.

The Social Work Stories Podcast The Social Work Stories Team

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    • 4.9 • 177 Ratings

A podcast exploring Social Work practice through stories & critical reflection.

    A Covid Death: Moral Injury and Burnout in Social Work Practice - Ep. 69

    A Covid Death: Moral Injury and Burnout in Social Work Practice - Ep. 69

    Join Mim and Lis as we explore a harrowing story from a hospital social worker who was on the front lines of Covid-19 work, supporting families in a dedicated Covid ward. Listen as she shares her experience throughout wave-after-wave of variants, and the way this shaped the work she carried out. Remember to breathe as you listen - it could be easy to hold your breath as this practice story unfolds, feeling the deep emotion of the loss of life, the weight of the journey, and the way a team of hospital professionals pull together to bring meaning and care in the last hours of their patient's life. 

    After the story, Mim and Lis unpack things further, exploring the impact of burnout over a long pandemic, the poignant moments throughout, and even a few interesting concepts discovered, such as 'reverse memory-making'. 

     

    As mentioned in the episode, have a listen to Episode 46, "Professional Grief and the Wilderness of the Soul" to hear a story with similarly deep, practice-rich themes.

     

    Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

     


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    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox

    Producers - Justin Stech & Ben Joseph

    Social Media Coordinator - Maddison Stratten

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 28 June 2022)

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    • 35 min
    Social Work and Narrative Therapy in the Drug and Alcohol Space - Ep.68

    Social Work and Narrative Therapy in the Drug and Alcohol Space - Ep.68

    Share some time with Mim & Lis as we listen to a piece by Julaine Allan together. Julaine talks about her work in the Drug and Alcohol space, focusing on the power of Narrative Therapy, the importance of language, and the value of holding other perspectives in social work practice. 

    Julaine shares wisdom and stories from her practice in an approachable and compelling segment. Mim and Lis discuss their thoughts and reflections, drawing on their own practice-backgrounds to explore the themes Julaine laid out for us. 

    As mentioned in the episode, you can read more about Julaine's work here.

     

    Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

     


    Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast

     

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 21 May 2022)

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page and LinkedIn, or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    • 39 min
    A Good Death in Hospital and the Social Work Role - Ep. 67

    A Good Death in Hospital and the Social Work Role - Ep. 67

    Death and dying... how do you prepare for the end of life? 

    Join Mim & Lis as we listen to a long-view story of death in a hospital. We explore what the social worker does over the course of two admissions, firstly helping to facilitate conversations with the elderly patient and his family members about what a good death looks like; and secondly exploring the actual end-of-life journey. This is a fantastic and compelling story told by a very experienced social worker - there are many practice lessons to be learned no matter what area of social work you happen to be in. 

    After the story, Mim and Lis break down some of the bigger picture ideas and thoughts from their own experience. We discuss the role of a hospital social worker in the death space, and how we can take steps in our personal life to help us prepare to walk alongside families as they say goodbye to their loved ones. 

    As mentioned in the episode, you can read more about the work of Dr Alan Wolfelt here.

    You can also explore the End of Life planning kits on the NSW Health website. 

     

    Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

     


    Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast

     

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Editing - Dave Scilly

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 26 April 2022)

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    • 41 min
    Private Practice Social Work in a Pandemic and Beyond - Ep. 66

    Private Practice Social Work in a Pandemic and Beyond - Ep. 66

    Have you ever thought about going into private practice social work? Are you already working in this space? Have you never even considered it?

    Join Mim & Lis as they have a conversation with Dr. Josie McSkimming, a clinical social worker and author, exploring her experience of engaging in therapeutic relationships in the midst of a pandemic. Josie shares the way she sustains herself in her practice, how she builds boundaries to support herself and her clients, and her gained wisdom for those wanting to enter the private practice space. We also discuss the emotional balance of in-the-room vs over-Zoom, the challenges of poor WiFi connections, and how a pandemic changes the whole dynamic of therapy.

    Whether you're in the private practice space, aspiring to work in this space in the future, or not thinking of this area of social work practice at all, we think most everyone will find helpful reflection and useful pieces of this episode to take with them.

    You can connect with Dr. Josie McSkimming on Twitter. 

     

    *Your producer would also like to note a small correction to something mentioned in the episode: Lis claims her parents are the "Number 1 Fans", while empirical evidence shows that this title actually belongs to Judith K. We apologise for any misunderstandings and welcome all Number 1 Fans to the podcast.

     

    Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

     


    Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast

     

    Credits:

    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Mim Fox

    Producer - Justin Stech

    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com

    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 March 2022)

    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    • 42 min
    The Worst Scenario Possible - What Does the Social Worker Do? Ep. 24 Redux (Ep. 65)

    The Worst Scenario Possible - What Does the Social Worker Do? Ep. 24 Redux (Ep. 65)

    A heart-wrenching story shared by your anonymous social worker. A four year old girl dies in the Emergency Department and you are the social worker supporting the family. What do you say? What do you do?


    Listen along with Mim & Lis as we bear witness and honour the life lost, the family's grief, and the support of this social worker in the worst of scenarios.


     


    Credits:


    Hosts - Lis Murphy and Dr. Mim Fox.


    Producers - Ben Joseph & Justin Stech


    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com


    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 29 October 2019; 22 February 2022)


    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.


    Do you have thoughts, want to contribute a story or question for the team, or just say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!

    • 47 min
    The Social Work Stories Podcast - Ep. 01 Redux (Ep. 64)

    The Social Work Stories Podcast - Ep. 01 Redux (Ep. 64)

    Join us as we revisit Episode 1 of the Social Work Stories Podcast. It's a special time as we recently crossed three years creating this podcast, and thought we would share our thoughts and reflections on the way we've grown, changed, and also stayed the same as we have build the SWS community. 


     


    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussion of the death of a young child. If this subject is likely to cause you distress, please choose another episode from our podcast feed.


    Have any burning thoughts after listening, or just want to say hello? Send us an email on socialworkstoriespodcast@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you!


     


    Follow our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/SocialWorkStoriesPodcast


     


    Credits:


    Hosts - Lis Murphy & Mim Fox


    Producers - Justin Stech & Ben Joseph


    Music - 'Mama' by Ben Grace (copyright 2018). Find on Spotify, or at www.bengracemusic.com


    Social Work Stories©️ (Copyright 27 December 2021)


    Contact us online at www.socialworkstories.com, follow our facebook page or use the handle @SOWKStoriesPod on twitter or instagram.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Bambi-Ruby ,

Excellent podcast for any SW

Highly recommend this podcast to any social work student, graduate or seasoned social worker. It is very delicate. I also really like the structure of this podcast and it is unique and not just a question and answer interview style , but has an excellent social work story and then Lis and Dr Mim share their reflections. I’m slowly making my way through all the episodes :)

katetheunistudent ,

You won’t regret listening!

This podcast has been such a great way of feeling connected to other social workers during such a time of isolation. Working from home, I’m missing the connection with colleagues and I really feel like this fills such a gap.
It’s been so interesting listening to other areas of practice, and since I’ve gone back for my masters of social work, it’s been invaluable in my consideration of the types of work that I can do in the future as it shows the challenges and wins in different fields which otherwise you wouldn’t hear about!
10/10 would recommend!

Issy30 ,

New SW Student with life experience

I am so happy to have found this podcast! I started listening last year 2021 trying to find podcasts about social work and experiences and low and behold yours showed up and it’s been amazing to hear the stories and experiences social workers have endured good and bad. I have had quite a whirlwind second semester I stopped listening for a while but I am back listening again!

Your unpacking after each story is such a valuable contribution for those who have just started studying through to social workers currently practicing. We all have something to share and to learn off others and learning should never stop!

I am a mature aged student, single mum of 3 teen girls (2 still living with me) and we have had our share of past and unfortunately current trauma. I sometimes wonder because I really need a social worker myself if I’m even going to do well (silly I know but if I need one, should I practice SW or maybe change fields?

What’s horrible is, it’s so hard to find one! I was told to go to centerlink and ask to speak to a SW (Nov 2021)…. The strength it took to go in there in the first place was huge, I was sent to speak to a Centrelink officer first who wanted to know why I wanted a SW and I told her a bit not really wanting to tell yet another person my issues - she was cold, the environment was sterile and unwelcoming with Covid rules 1.5m back from the desk with a plastic shield between us, I felt I was tarred with the same brush as everyone else utilising the system; Judged! She gave me paperwork on things I already knew about and not what I was really after, said that this is what the social worker is going to give you anyway and that was it …. I left defeated and embarrassed, I am a strong person and don’t give myself enough credit for it, I continue to seek my own help, what happens to those who don’t have any more strength…. I don’t want this to continue to happen to others.

I have so much life experience and dealt with broken systems and continue to do so right to the present - it makes me more determined to keep studying, use my knowledge and experience to work holistically and compassionately for those who need my help in their time of need.

In just a short time in studying I have learnt so much more about myself and my strengths and will continue to work on both, ensuring self care is at the forefront.

Thank you for this podcast I have so much to learn and to be honest all the theory that we base our practice on seems enormous and overwhelming, but feel I will be successful and grow confidence the more I study and hear experiences of those practicing in many different fields and I understand in my heart, this is exactly why I am here on this earth.

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