thecaseworkjournal: A Review & Giveaway!
I recently received this handy journal (thecaseworkjournal) in the mail after communicating with the author, Sherie Burgess, a bit via linkedin. Sherie created this journal because of her own experience as a social worker. When I asked Sherie about the why behind this journal, she shared “I wanted to create something where workers would feel encouraged, inspired and motivated to continue to do the work for one more day. I smile each time I think of a worker who is feeling really down and defeated about the work; turns to a page and sees something that makes them smile, laugh and just keeps going.” That is a pretty incredible why. You can learn more about Sheri and her business at www.avidsolutions.org.
Keep on reading to learn more about this journal and for a chance to win one of your own!
I am personally a huge fan of journals—I have several around the house now that capture ideas for this blog, personal reflections, lists of things to do, and other random notes. Now, I know some people are relying more and more on their electronic devices to keep their notes/journals. But I am not going there, and don’t see that change happening for me anytime soon (or really ever). I love pen to paper just so much. It’s definitely my favorite way to write. Which might be why I love this journal so much!
Sherie’s journal is special in that it’s created specifically for case workers! Imagine that, a journal just for us. 🙂 Here are a couple of components that I enjoy about this journal:
- It’s adaptable. It is construed so that it could be utilized in a variety of ways. Pages are headed with “Notes to Consider” so you can decide how to use it. Maybe you could use it to capture your supervision notes, maybe you take it to staff meetings to jot down key points, or maybe you use it to capture and keep track of your own personal and professional development.
- It has built in personal reflection pages. Sprinkled throughout the book are one-pagers for “Personal Reflection”. For me, this helps prompt me to stop and take a look at what’s been explored so far in the journal. Time to reflect and draw some conclusions about what’s been going well, what my struggles have been, and what support I might need to keep moving forward.
- There are quotes on EVERY page. AWESOME! I’m not shy about my love of quotes (link Inspirational Quotes post). Having a quote on every page is like a mind reset every time the journal is used. For me, a good quote can help me reframe the day and see a difficult situation in a fresh lens, one that will help propel me forward.
- The size—it’s big enough to last for a while (page-wise), but small enough to fit in my purse. That’s a win, win for me!
So how do I plan to use my thecaseworkjournal? I will be using it for personal and professional development. I plan to keep it on me during any trainings or conferences I attend. I think using it in this way will help me keep ideas I learned more easily accessible, will encourage me to reflect on things I wrote down more regularly, and provides me a way to keep my professional development growth in one location. I’m excited to get started with using it!
Want your own thecaseworkjournal? You can purchase one here (this is an amazon affiliate link, so if you purchase from here I will get a small commission, no cost to you). You can also find it at Google Books, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores—just remember that there is no space in the title when conducting the search (thecaseworkjournal). Or enter the raffle below for a chance to win one as a gift from me to you!
How do you keep track of/log your own personal and professional development? How would you use thecaseworkjournal?!?