To Write or Not to Write | Taking Notes During Therapy Sessions

During my time in university, there were debates on many practice topics for social workers and therapists. One topic that brought some interestingly heated discussion was note taking during therapy sessions. Is this helpful or hurtful? I'm currently practicing as a psychotherapist in an outpatient mental health clinic, and hold a caseload of about 45... Continue Reading →

Why Vision Boards Are a Powerful Mental Health Treatment Tool

Vision boards are a widely known concept, completed by many to express goals through creativity. But just because it's common, doesn't make it any less helpful in mental health treatment. So what's so significant about the vision board when in comes to addressing mental health? From Leaders in Heels Vision boards help describe goals in... Continue Reading →

Making Money in Social Work: Breaking the Low Pay Myth

Social workers are often told, alongside the pity glance, that the field is low pay & you'll burn yourself out trying to survive. Though I agree that the field is terribly underpaid and undervalued, I do believe that too much weight is given to the underpaid aspect of social work. So how can we make... Continue Reading →

Ideas & Tips for Social Work Supervision

A key part of social work practice is ongoing supervision to ensure our practice is effective, to bounce ideas off a more experienced/knowledgeable individual, to vent about cases, and to feel supported in our practice. Many social workers *are supposed to* receive supervision on a weekly basis for about an hour. Supervision also occurs for... Continue Reading →

11 New Year Resolutions for the Social Worker & Therapist

Before diving into my New Year Resolutions, let's remind ourselves what effective goals look like. Creating SMART goals can hold us accountable, and describe goals in more realistic ways. It means our goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Oriented. With this magic formula in mind, you can be sure to create goals that... Continue Reading →

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