Beyond the gimmick: Social workers struggle to practice self-care

Published April 26, 2024

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Social Work Advocates, a publication of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), quoted Associate Professor Lisa Butler in an article about self-care for social workers. Butler led the creation of the School of Social Work’s Self-Care Starter Kit and said self-care must be a continual practice to help social workers maintain wellness throughout their career.

“I think, and this is my point of view,” she says, “that self-care has two aims. One is protective — trying to protect health care workers from stress and burnout — and two is enhancement of well-being.”