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Sunday Wrap Up

January 13, 2019

Well, here we are at the end of the second full week of the year. Life is just sprinting along, isn’t it? My dogs have basically spent the last two weeks asleep on the couch and their plan honestly sounds better than my hectic one. They, however, do not have to pay their own bills.

I had a fabulous week in books, taking full advantage of Netgalley’s fabulous services, as well as my wonderful Barnes and Noble gift card from my mama. Each picture below will link you to the corresponding review.

In life news, school started back, this week and I am both excited and terrified of the class subjects.

I’ll continue with my internship seminar (as well as going to my actual internship three to four days a week to see clients) and take the second half of my year long course of Psychopathology.

My new classes are all a bit gloomy to those not in this field but Social Workers (and other mental health professionals) have a bit of a devilish dark side, I guess, because the subjects are absolutely fascinating (as well as completely necessary for the field).

(Comic source unknown other than from an email from one of our professors who appears to have started off the semester in good humor.)

I’ll be taking a class on Family Dynamics which is needed in every corner of the field, regardless of life stage and/or whether you’re seeing families, groups, or individuals. As the saying goes, “Your family made your buttons and they’re the ones who can push them the best.”

When we talked about goals for the class, I offered that my greatest hope for the semester was to learn how to help my clients navigate boundary setting. Haha, yeah, I know. I also want a unicorn and world peace.

(If you want to see what the NASW Foundation is up to in terms of Crisis Intervention and Disaster Relief, check them out, here.)

I’ll be taking a class on Crisis Intervention which obviously makes a great deal of sense, given the field. I’m excited because, in addition to individual interventions (self harm, binging and purging, suicidal ideation, addiction, the works), we’ll also be talking about more macro aspects like disaster relief and how to aide people and their communities following shootings, earthquakes, and other large scale crises.

(In loving memory of my first true adult loss of someone dear to me who was taken far too soon.)

And lastly, I’m taking the much feared, much fought for, Grief and Loss. It may seem odd that our entire cohort was elbowing through the crowd to get a seat in this course but it’s something we’ll all have to handle, personally and professionally, so the more skills we have going into work, the better. After four and a half years of substance and eating disorder recovery (as well as just being a human with grandparents and dogs and other sentient connection), I’ve gone through my fair share of grieving. I’m sure I’ll be reflecting more on the subject as the semester rolls on. I do know that, as a culture, we are often death-avoidant so it feels somewhat scandalous, yet also wholesome, to be diving into the hard stuff.

Phew! That was the longest post I’ve written in a while. As always, I want to know what you’re up to and what you’re reading so, if you feel so inclined, let me know, below.

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