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Top Tips When You Run Out of Teletherapy Ideas | Social Work & Mental Health

Many mental health professionals are continuing to work in order to provide care to many people, including new clients as a result of COVID-19 related anxiety. Going on month four of teletherapy has led myself to reach for more activities and therapeutic ideas when working with children. With months of teletherapy, the activities that were... Continue Reading →

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Using Cartoon Characters in Therapy Sessions & Engaging in Anti-Racist Play Therapy

At the start of working remotely, I was excited to gain skills in telemental health sessions, as well as try new activities with the kids I work with. After four months of teletherapy, however, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep sessions interesting and engaging for the kids, and to not repeat too many... Continue Reading →

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When You Don’t Want Your Client to Answer the Phone

The pandemic and working remotely has shifted many lives, including those of social workers. Though some continue to do office-based work, there is a fair share that have been working from home. Whether it be working out of the office or from your makeshift bedroom-desk, social workers have not stopped working with their clients and... Continue Reading →

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Ep. 8 Being a Social Worker with a Mental Health Diagnosis | The Thought Bubble Podcast

Welcome to The Thought Bubble Podcast! In today's episode, we dive into what it's like working in mental health and social services, as a person who is also working through mental health concerns or a diagnosis. Social workers and therapists are not immune to trauma, depression, anxiety, and every other mental health diagnosis and struggle.... Continue Reading →

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How White Therapists are Failing Black Clients

The United States was founded on stolen land and stolen people. The historical and generational trauma and oppression that continues to impact communities of color, and specifically, black communities, has been more than harmful. As a clinician in mental health, it is necessary to understand these systematic and historical barriers that perpetuate racism, oppression, privilege,... Continue Reading →

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Ep. 7 The Social Work Student’s Guide to Field Education | The Thought Bubble Podcast

Welcome to The Thought Bubble Podcast! In today's episode, we are talking about all things field placement and field education. If you are a BSW or MSW student, this is the space for you to obtain some tips and wisdom from myself (a soon-to-be MSW grad). I truly hope you can take away some key... Continue Reading →

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Ep. 7 A Social Worker’s Response to COVID-19 | The Thought Bubble Podcast

Welcome to The Thought Bubble Podcast! Today, we dive into the essence of social work and what it looks like during a pandemic. Covering theories surrounding crises and crisis intervention work, and how we can apply these models to a pandemic response. We also talk about how a social worker can DO social work on... Continue Reading →

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Staying Motivated & Productive When Working Remotely

Quarantine & working from home was initially a good time for my introvert self. However, as the weeks wore on, I saw decreases in motivation and productivity. My brain was not grasping that this was a time for work, that all of the responsibilities I have, are still actively expected to occur. I know, based... Continue Reading →

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Ep. 4 Vicarious Traumatization & Mental Health of Social Workers | The Thought Bubble Podcast

In this episode of The Thought Bubble podcast, we dive into the meaning of vicarious traumatization versus burnout, as well as effective ways to prevent again traumatization within the social work field. We also discuss practical and real strategies for self care and mental health care.  Please let us know your self care tips &... Continue Reading →

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Engaging Clients at the Intake Session | Set the Tone for Treatment

With experience and practice, better understanding on the ins and outs of conducting an intake session, and overall confidence with clients, the clinician will be able to form their own practice style. It's important that we recognize everyone has their own style, so long it abides by ethical and legal evidence based standards. During intake... Continue Reading →

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Ep. 3 Qualities of a Social Worker | The Thought Bubble Podcast

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Thought Bubble Podcast where we dive a little deeper into what makes a good social worker, and what personal qualities people considering social work should and should not have. Let me know your thoughts below and get the conversation started on what makes social workers so amazing!

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Ep. 1 Introduction & Background on Me! | The Thought Bubble Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 of the The Though Bubble Podcast! Listen to get an idea of who I am and what my background in social work is, as well as what you can expect from this platform in the future! Thank you for listening! I recently switched to using Buzzsprout - For Episode 1, please... Continue Reading →

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Grad School Reflections from an MSW Student

My first semester of grad school is over! Tomorrow, I am making up an absence for my field placement, but after that, it is officially done! In May 2019, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and began an Advanced Standing program to graduate with my Master of Social Work in May... Continue Reading →

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Therapy Games: Jenga DIY Edition

When working with children in therapy, play therapy is often intertwined into the sessions in order to keep kiddos engaged and entertained, while also taking away something of value. There are websites that sell specific therapy games, but these can be on the more expensive side. A cheaper alternative is to purchase or use already-owned... Continue Reading →

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Are You Ready? | Becoming a Social Worker

Since my time beginning university, all the way at community college working towards my A.S. in Human Services, to being at one of the top Ivy League social work graduate schools, there is one consistent element that continues to frustrate me - the people becoming social workers.  I see this with all pathways, be it... Continue Reading →

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Social Work Essentials 3: A Social Worker’s Office

As I am placed at my second field education site, I have gotten a better idea of what makes a social worker's office comfortable for clients, and allows for beneficial communication and collaboration. This is, of course, assuming that as as social worker you have an office to work with. I understand some are not... Continue Reading →

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy | The Basics

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is a widely used, evidence-based, and proven therapy that many clinicians use for clients with depression, anxiety, and trauma to name a few things. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, founded  by Aaron T. Beck, also possesses a handful of variations, therapies of which hold the basics of CBT, but have been altered... Continue Reading →

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Books Every Social Worker Needs | My Library

Hello all! As promised, and with many book purchases, I have a new list of the books in  my library, all social work, criminal justice, social sciences related. I hope you enjoy, and find a good read that sparks interest and growth!! Feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite that's not... Continue Reading →

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How Kids Should React to Trauma

There are many myths about trauma out in the world. There is a plethora of very inaccurate statements and general beliefs about children who have experienced traumatic incidences, and how they should or should not be behaving, as well as how their caregivers should be supporting them. It's confusing, and absolutely not helpful whatsoever to... Continue Reading →

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Domestic Violence | How Can We Help?

If you are a person in a domestically violent relationship, please know that there are resources available to you when you are ready. You may reach out the National Domestic Violence Hotline on their website here, as well as call the Hotline number at: 1-800-799-7233  OR  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).  In my previous post, Why Victims in Domestic... Continue Reading →

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Why Victims in Domestic Violence Relationships Stay

If you are a person in a domestically violent relationship, please know that there are resources available to you when you are ready. You may reach out the National Domestic Violence Hotline on their website here, as well as call the Hotline number at: 1-800-799-7233  OR  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).  Trigger warning for the following content as it... Continue Reading →

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Why People Ignore the Horrors of Reality

For a long time, my heart has hurt for black families that have had sons killed by police officers, children molested by the family friend that everyone loves and trusts, and refugees seeking asylum in the United States due to war and death in their home country. I could never understand why it seems so... Continue Reading →

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The 9 Competencies of Social Work | In Practice

Throughout my undergraduate education, the CSWE Competencies were HIGHLY emphasized. Perhaps this was to ensure these standards would infiltrate our every step as social work students and future practitioners. It is safe to say from this intensive experience, I will continue to think about these competencies and the standards with which social work students learn.... Continue Reading →

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My Etsy Shop | Social Work Merch :)

Hello Everyone! I want to give you a quick update on one of my projects! A couple of days ago, I officially launched my Etsy Shop - The Thought Bub - and am selling printables and digital downloads. So far, the majority of items for purchase are organization and planning related, but I have and... Continue Reading →

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My Summer Morning Routine in New York City | Lifestyle

As stated in my previous blog post, "Where I've Been & What I'm Up To," I moved to New York City in July, as I will be beginning the Advanced Standing Program for Columbia University's Graduate School of Social Work. I grew up and came from a very small town - a place the complete... Continue Reading →

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Advocacy 101: Going to Bat for Your Client

Advocacy is a widely talked about topic, but how exactly is advocacy accomplished? Below, advocacy will be broken down and tips for fighting for your client base or individual client at all levels will be provided. Feel free to comment some of your own advocacy tips, and how you work with various populations. What is... Continue Reading →

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Where I’ve Been & What I’m Up To | Hello!

Hello All! I understand my last few posts, with the exception of the last one on Terminating a Mentoring Relationship, have been apologies for my absence, so why not round it out with another. These last few months have been hectic, but VERY good, and I'd love to share my various experiences and milestones. I... Continue Reading →

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How to Terminate Mentor Relationship

I recently had to terminate a mentoring relationship with a young girl that grew quite attached to me. The program through which I began mentoring had both children and adult programs, and served individuals with mental health diagnoses or receiving counseling services for ongoing concerns. I had been meeting with this girl for about a... Continue Reading →

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Setting Goals for Yourself

As social workers, we often set goals for clients. These goals, as one knows, are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. But how often do we set goals for ourselves, goals that are successful? Overtime, I have come to the conclusion, that rather than a couple of drastic changes, it is the minuscule changes to... Continue Reading →

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Core Values of Social Work | In Practice

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) does a lovely job of describing and defining the ethical core values of the social work profession. As redundancy is not desirable, you may go here to find these definitions and get a better understanding of the NASW Ethical Principles and Core Values. As social workers understand, having... Continue Reading →

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Books in My Ever-Growing Social Work Library

Below, you will find a list of books, as social worker in the making, I highly recommend. Though I have not read each of the enclosed books, reviews have confirmed the good purchase. Enjoy, and may you continue to grow in your pursuit of knowledge and informed social work practice. The Working Poor by David K.... Continue Reading →

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Coping Skills BINGO | Group Activity

As part of the continuing series, I'd like to introduce BINGO as a fun and interactive group experience for all ages. This particular BINGO setup is specific to coping skills, but you may adjust the word list to describe a variety of counseling and social work skills. The setup is relatively straightforward. I have provided... Continue Reading →

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Safety Candle|Group Activity

This will be the first post in a series of many in regards to activities that can be done within a group setting. Many times, having a craft and activity to complete, while discussing more sensitive topics, allows for easier conversation and openness. It reminds me loosely of EMDR Therapy, in which an individual's eyes... Continue Reading →

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Social Work Essentials 2: A Social Worker’s Car

As noted Part 1 of a Social Worker's Essentials: Go-Bag, we touched on all the items a social worker would benefit from carrying in his or her bag. Below, we expand on these essentials in terms of a social worker's car. Enjoy, and feel free to leave further helpful suggestions in the comments! Plastic totes... Continue Reading →

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“A Series of Unfortunate Events” | Life Applications

I have always been a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events, written by Daniel Handler. The many books accompanied me after checking out of the school's library, and the never ending and tragic tale of this family left me with the desire to keep reading as I hoped for better outcomes. Presently, the Netflix series... Continue Reading →

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Social Work Essentials 1: A Social Worker’s Go-Bag

As I sat down and thought about different items social workers may need, my mind automatically went in the direction of child welfare workers and home visitations. This go-bag of sorts, as implied in the name, is the bag for the social workers that find themselves rushed, overwhelmed, and running out one door to head... Continue Reading →

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Myths About People with Developmental Disabilities

I've worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for about three years now, and it is a population I find vast amounts of love and joy. With this love and joy however, negativity and ignorance is possessed by many. It is with this writing that I hope to break any false ideas you have about people... Continue Reading →

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Understanding the Effects of Child Abuse & Neglect

When working within the child welfare or family services field of social work, it is vital to understand the trauma that occurs from abuse and maltreatment, as well as resulting behaviors that stem from this horrific treatment. In my time at university, and throughout my various internships, volunteer work, and professional experience, the effects of... Continue Reading →

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Side Hustles & Passive Incomes in the Human Services Field

It's well known that the majority of social workers do not go in the profession for the income, but for serving others. It is with this that a financial burden may find itself resting on the shoulders of a social worker. If you find yourself looking for a more money in order to be more... Continue Reading →

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An Overview of the Strengths Perspective

In today's article, we'll be addressing one of the foundations of social work practice, the strengths perspective. I hope you enjoy, and perhaps even apply this approach to whatever profession you find yourself in. Side Note: References will be at the bottom. The majority of the article will come from what I've learned thus far... Continue Reading →

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Is it Possible to Have a Work-Life Balance?

As social workers, it is frequently said to us that we must maintain a work-life balance, and have a separation of our work and our home in order to maintain mental health and decrease chances of burnout, overwhelm, and turnover rates. Though understandable and highly desirable, is it really plausible? The answer: Yes and No.... Continue Reading →

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Antisocial vs. Asocial – Does the Difference Matter?

Below is a brief description on the difference between an individual who is antisocial and one who is asocial. I hope this clears up the misused terms used here, and gives a greater number of people understanding on introversion and psychopathy. Antisocial  A person who is anti-social is said to be so due to a... Continue Reading →

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What to Achieve at Your Social Work Field Practice

In August, I will be beginning my Bachelor's level year-long field experience. While at community college, I completed an Associate's level semester-long internship at a foster care and adoption agency, and it was  a wonderful experience to have prior to my BSW internship. Because of this, I now have a better idea of what I,... Continue Reading →

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Social Work’s 12 Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenges of social work are the larger, umbrella topics of social issues that seem almost impossible to solve. For the profession of social work, this list was formulated by some of the best and well-known in the field. Follow the link provided for more information on the specifics talked about with Dr. Richard... Continue Reading →

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Addiction’s Pathway From a Mourner’s Perspective

My family has a personal connection to the opioid epidemic. Shortly after my grandmother's death 10 years ago, my grandfather took a quick turn for the worse in terms of grief and coping. He continues to be in his ever non-linear stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - though I would say acceptance... Continue Reading →

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The Delicate Balance of Profiling & Ignoring Stereotypes

In the social work profession, the practice of cultural competence is largely talked about and desired in any practicing social worker. It is so sought after, that the National Association of Social Workers has Cultural Awareness listed in the Social Workers' Ethical Responsibility to Clients section of the Code of Ethics. As it is spoken... Continue Reading →

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Getting Ahead Over Summer Break

With summer vacation brings the hopes of relaxation and rehabilitation from the previous semester and school year. As myself and many others desire, sleeping in becomes a lovely kickback, and not having deadlines is a sweet relief. For myself, I realize I may be in the nerdy minority, but the first two weeks of summer... Continue Reading →

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