Posts in category Social Work

Growing a Counseling Practice Through...

Growing Your Private Practice through Writing and Media Interviews

It’s been a while since I posted a new blog here at Successful Social Workers & Therapists. I finished supervising my last group of interns in May. And while I’ll miss supervising a new group this Fall, it was the right decision. I was getting a bit burnt out at the agency where I was […]

Coping with the Death of a Client

Coping with the Death of a Client

I’m pleased to have my first article published in The New Social Worker! It’s a fantastic publication and resource I use often when looking for supervision material. If you’re not familiar with it, definitely bookmark it for future reference. Coping with the death of a client It’s never easy. Death stirs up a lot of […]

What Do Social Workers Do?

What Do Social Workers Do?

Happy Social Work Month to all my fellow social workers! Since March is National Social Work Month, it’s a great time to explore the question of what is a social worker? What do social workers really do? It’s a surprisingly difficult question. Social workers do such varied work, that it might be faster to tell […]

Book Review: Necessary Lies

Book Review: Necessary Lies

A review of Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you I loved this book and think you will, too! Necessary Lies is a historical fiction novel (my favorite genre) set in rural North Carolina in 1960. You can’t help but love the two female protagonists: Jane is […]

Dignity in Mental Health: 7 Ways Peop...

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is dignity in mental health. Sadly, dignity is not a given in mental health care. People with mental illness continue to receive poor treatment, services, and are often stigmatized. In addition to my private practice, I’ve worked in community mental health for 20 years (more […]

Success in Social Work Field Practicu...

  Tips for Success in Social Work Field Practicum by Sharon Martin, LCSW September brings the start of internships for thousands of college students. I have been a field instructor (supervisor) for Master’s and bachelor’s students in their social work field practicum for eight years. It’s a brilliant way to give back to my profession. Like most intern supervisors, […]

How to pick a counseling niche

How to pick a counseling niche

Have you been told that you need to specialize in order to be a successful therapist? Well, it’s true. I made the mistake of spending years with a “general private practice”. It was easy to take just about any client. The downside was that I probably wasn’t as effective or as happy as I could […]

New Therapist Anxiety | San Jose CA |...

Social Workers and Stress  New Therapist Anxiety                       Anxious Counselors   All practicing social workers know that it can be a high stress job. You may be helping clients cope with anxiety, while struggling with your own anxiety. Anxiety can be particularly high when you’re new a new therapist or social worker. And this is completely […]

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