A common theme in many of my writings is pointing out what is not too difficult to see if you are available to it. Often though, when we can't see it we tend to convince ourselves that all is good, no need to be concerned. This process can be demonstrated by what one knows (think in terms of needed change) and how different this is than what one understands. I often break it down like this, when you "know" something you most often are avoiding and resisting what is affecting your life in a unhealthy and negative manner. When you "understand" you are most likely taking action towards addressing what the problem area is, and it is this process that leads you towards change for the better. As a helping professional you are trained to help someone in need help themselves out of the difficulties and challenges that present themselves. Being immersed into this type of work, and the process of (which includes much), can be overwhelming, consuming, and... Thus, at the end of the day we can easily find ourselves with no more to give. When this happens usually we are the ones who suffer the most and this is what impacts our personal and professional self. At the end of the year, a time when we see a break from work, often we are so ready to have some time off that we crash out and don't always take care of our needs in a manner that helps us help ourselves. What I aspire to demonstrate is that through support, awareness, and the required effort to work on your own needs you can stay with it, in and out of your role as a helping professional. Remember, it is OK to be vulnerable, to accept where you are at, and get the necessary help and support!
Daniel Jacob, MSW Email
Founder of Can You Hear Me? External Field Instructor at University of Southern California School of Social Work MSW@USC. Daniel has a Masters in Social Work (Families and Children Practice/School Social Work). He is currently nearing the completion of the LCSW testing process. More about the man behind the mission ⇢