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Empowering the Social Work Practitioner: Building Resilience Through Self Awareness
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When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW

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Empowering the Social Work Practitioner: Building Resilience Through Self Awareness to Mitigate Stress From Client Trauma and the Workplace 


In 2008, National NASW adopted a policy through its Delegate Assembly recognizing that worker stress, regardless of its source, must be understood and addressed in order to assure optimal services to clients. This workshop will review the NASW policy and then address the implications on a worker’s capacity to be fully present for clients and their ability to perform their work at optimal levels. This includes examining the sources of stress that emanate from practice with clients, especially secondary traumatic stress, and stress that emerges from conditions related to the workplace. Stress emerging from the worker’s own life circumstances, as well as from societal inequities and bias, will also be included. A central part of the workshop will be on strategies, especially enhancing self awareness in the midst of challenging circumstances and the experience of difficult emotions and negative thinking. Strategies for enhancing self awareness, including mindfulness, breathing techniques, and qigong, will be demonstrated.


Robert S. Schachter, DSW, LMSW served as the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter from July 1990 to January 2017.  During his tenure at NASW-NYC, he focused considerable attention on the impediments and challenges to effective practice, and in the past year developed a curriculum on professional self care for social workers based on the NASW professional statement adopted in 2008 on professional self care, emphasizing the need to prevent burnout, secondary stress and vicarious trauma.


3 CE Contact Hours 



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All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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