NASW Social Work Talks seeks to inform, educate and inspire by talking with experts and exploring issues that social work professionals care about. Brought to you by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Deborah M. Figart, PhD, and Ellen Mutari, PhD, are the authors of "Economic Well-Being: An Introduction" from NASW Press. In this episode, we discuss this groundbreaking book, which makes the study of economic life accessible, applicable, and exciting.
NASW member Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW, hosts this episode.
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EP93: Social Work and Squeegee Kids in Baltimore
Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel talks with us about her work to support young people who squeegee car windshields at intersections in Baltimore. She outlines why squeegee workers have been a divisive topic in the city, and discusses her work to get their voices heard.
Dr. Liggett-Creel is an associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She leads The Collaborative: A Healing Centered Community, which partners with community groups, grassroots organizations, governmental organizations, universities, and non-profits to address equity and violence prevention in Baltimore City.
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EP92: Why Social Workers Need a Therapist Professional Will
Ann Steiner, PhD, is a certified group psychotherapist, licensed marriage and family therapist and consultant in private practice for 30 years. She is creator of “Therapist's Professional Will™: Guidelines for Managing Planned and Unplanned Absence.” She pioneered the creation of the therapist’s professional will and has published over 20 articles on the subject.
Dr. Steiner talks about why you need a professional will, and how to create an emergency response team to manage your practice in case something happens to you.
Our host for this episode is NASW member Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW, founder of the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center and author of "Overcoming Your Parents’ Divorce."
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Social Work from a Burmese Perspective
In February 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup that overthrew the democratically elected government. Since then, the killing of civilians in Myanmar has increased.
In response, Jue Jue Min Thu, a licensed social worker from Myanmar now based in Hawai'i, created Jue Jue's Safe Space, to support mental health for the Myanmar community.
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EP90: Meet NASW President-Elect, Dr. Yvonne Chase
Yvonne M. Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, will begin her three-year term as NASW president on July 1, 2023.
Dr. Chase is an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She’s also an NASW Social Work Pioneer, and a long-time champion of NASW.
We talk about some of her experiences as a social worker; why she's passionate about social work and about NASW; how the organization has changed over time; and what she envisions for her tenure as NASW's President.
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Learning To Take Risks
We speak with NASW member Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, about overcoming fear and learning to take risks.
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A Wonderful Podcast that has Room for Improvement
Normally I am not one to leave a review, however after listening to the episode on self-care and avoiding burnout I felt compelled to do so. Although the particular episode I listened to was taped back in 2018, I believe the topic holds true and is relevant to todays world. Since as the episode clearly details there is this heightened societal pressure that is often projected through social media that individuals must be actively productive and perfect within their lives. However, often this pressure leads individuals to place a greater emphasis on overworking and their overall performance. Ultimately, this results in individuals disengaging form the valuable connections and their treasured activities within their lives. However as the episode highlights, individuals can break this toxic cycle and regain a sense of connectivity and calmness in their lives, through allowing themselves the permission to take a step away from their work or obligations in order to engage in activities that bring them joy such as going on a walk, reading a chapter of a book they been wanting to read for some time, and/or spending some time with their friends and family.
As I can personally speak for myself that I have definitely felt burn out in my life especially so during the pandemic as I was juggling my schooling and work from home. However, through experiencing burn out first hand and learning further about the topic, I began to prioritize the act of self-care within my daily routine through making it a ritual of mine to go on a daily walk with my dog for at least 15 minutes each day, which has really allowed me to step away from my computer screen and take some to enjoy the nature around me and find more stillness in my life. Overall, I thought the episode did an effective job of defining what burn out is, detailing the signs someone may be dealing with burn out, and also how individuals can prioritize self-care within their daily schedules. However, I would have loved to hear further about the guests professional journey and any obstacles they may have faced along the way, since I felt the episode quickly jumped to the questions and did not offer an opportunity for the listener to connect with the guest. Moreover, in the future the podcast can consider adding an ice breaker before stepping into the content of the episode or even a question of the day in order so that it feels more relatable for the listener and more like a conversation between two people.
Pretty good but needs work
Overall I find the show helpful to keep me up-to-date and the topics are relevant to me. I just really wish the show host said fewer umms because it interferes with my listening experience.
great podcast but
I do expect more from NASW. The topics and guests are super. The host/interviewer says um and like “like” too much. I sometimes cringe but still listen.