Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Self-care resources

Working in the human services field can be a rewarding but challenging experience. 

Some of the following readings and resources may be worth investigating when considering your own self-care.

Self-care starter kit - from the University of Buffalo.  This resource steps you through creating a self-care plan, provides self assessments and measures to examine your current well being, and includes self-care exercises and activities

What I Wish I Had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession - in this article SaraKay Smullens discusses burnout including compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

How Clinicians Practice Self-Care & 9 Tips for Readers - very short article with quick tips for self care, an easy read.

The building blocks of resilience - by Michael Pearn.  This clip is of a workshop presentation on building resilience

From - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygIiJuOTRks

Any useful resources that you've come across for self-care? Be sure to include them in the comments.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Free online course: Understanding Drugs and Addiction

King's College London is offering a free 6 week online course on drugs and addiction.

The course starts on the 17th February, and has a time commitment of about 4hr/week.

Items are presented by a number of lecturers from multidisciplinary backgrounds, and leading experts in the field provide information to support the sessions.

Topics covered include:
  • How addiction develops? Can it be treated or prevented?
  • Environmental and biological factors in addiction
  • Neuroscience of addiction
  • Policies to limit harm from addiction.
You can find out more about King's College Addictions Department here:

And if you find yourself really interested, and don't mind moving to London for a while, you could consider applying for an International Masters scholarship!!