Here are several resources I have found helpful along my social work journey that I hope you take the time to check out!
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Check out the list from my favorite on-line resources for social workers!
In addition to the on-line resources mentioned above, here are some of my favorite go-to’s for information related to Trauma Informed Care:
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/trauma/: Has great information and multiple links to a variety of trauma-informed resources. Great place to start out for resources!
http://trauma-informed.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Trauma-informed_Toolkit.pdf: A resource for service organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed.
https://acestoohigh.com/got-your-ace-score/: In general the Aces Too High website has great trauma-informed care information. This link gets you directly to the ACEs study in which you can take the ACE questionnaire yourself and learn information about why ACEs are important.
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others: This book is one I would recommend to anyone who has struggled with your own self-care, with finding purpose, or with feeling a sense of burn-out. It offers real life reflections from a variety of caring professionals, self-reflections at the end of each chapter, and offers hope that indeed there is a better, more wholesome and fulfilling way to live. This book changed me (in the best of ways).
The Compassion Fatigue Workbook: Provides information and activities to helping professionals to help combat compassion fatigue.
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook–What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing: If you are new to trauma informed care or want to learn more about the impact on the young brain without it being stiff and scientific, this is the book for you.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma: This is also a must-read from a trauma lens.
StrengthsFinder 2.0: I was introduced to this book when I first became a supervisor, but it is relevant for anyone in social work (or really any profession). The great part about it is that you take a quiz that helps identify your strengths and then the book just walks you through ways to develop those strengths. I found it empowering and enlightening to really view myself from a strengths-perspective.
Parenting related: Any of the Love and Logic books, especially if you are working with children or helping to support parents. The one I’ve heard as being most recommended is: Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control.
Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker’s Story: This one is on my to-read list! I’ve heard it provides a great look into the realities of child welfare so if you are a child welfare working or considering becoming one this is a great resource for you!