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It’s Social Work Month – Time to Salute My People!

17 Mar

Well, it’s Social Work Month – time to salute my people!   

So here’s to the unsung heroes who look after the weak, the sick, the poor, the neglected, the disenfranchised and the unspoken-for.  What a heritage!  Check out the picture of two great ladies who helped define social service at its very beginnings – Chicago’s Jane Addams and Hannah Greenebaum Solomon.

It’s not that other professions don’t do this, but social workers do it as their primary focus  – that’s the job.  We’re in welfare offices, child abuse organizations, battered spouse shelters, adoption services, probation, rehab, child and family service agencies, food banks, inner city schools, the courts, the hospitals and the neighborhoods.

Our profession also constitutes the main percentage of psychotherapists nowadays.  We considerably outnumber counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists at the shrinking of heads, so if you’re seeing a therapist or if you are a therapist, we’re probably talking about a social worker.

We don’t apologize for caring about the poor, the hungry, the underserved and underrepresented. And we do our best to make life better for them – through service, community organizing, lobbying and policy change.

As a rule, social workers don’t get a whole lot of money or status from doing this work.  There are exceptions – Senator Barbara Mikulski comes to mind – she started out as a community organizer and she maintains that same deep level of caring and commitment to her peeps, as anyone on the streets of Baltimore will tell you. But most of us don’t get that high up on the food chain. That’s not what drives us.  It’s more about the meaning that comes from alleviating suffering, because we see all people as worthy of a good life.

Cindy and the team in Akron wanted to do something to honor social workers this month, so they’re offering an extra discount on the Caregiver Self-Care Set just for social workers through the end of March.  This consists of my Caregiver Stress imagery, Julie Lusk’s brief, accessible and very soothing Power of Presence guided exercises, and some super-calming Aura Cacia lavender oil to augment either.

Normally these items are priced separately at $43.26, but as a kit and with the extra social work discount, it’s $29.95 through the end of March.  Just enter the code: SW2014.

The team is also offering social workers an extra 15% off of any regularly priced item in the catalog through the last day of this month.  Again, just enter the code: SW2014.

And speaking of catalog items, it looks like our new Focus & Finish Kit is seriously flying off the shelves around here.  I guess there’s a lot of focusing and finishing that needs to get done.  The kit includes two naturally occurring, mutually supportive and immensely popular titles: Traci Stein’s Overcoming Procrastination and my Concentration, Focus and Learning.

I also want to remind you that the extraordinary annual Nutrition and Health Conference, sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Department, is in Addison TX, from May 5-7 this year.  

This conference assembles internationally-recognized researchers, clinicians, educators, and chefs from all over the US and the world, to share their wisdom about the interface of nutrition and health.  

Wanna watch Foodie and Food Maven, Andy Weil MD, cook?  You can here.

I’ll be offering a keynote on the latest understanding and research on guided imagery’s impact on diabetes, and a whole bunch of practitioner tips on how to introduce it to patients and clients.

Okay, that’s it for now.
Take care and be well.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award