The Earth has awakened from the rest and recovery of winter, and for many spring has arrived.
For many increased daylight after work/school has led to enjoying outdoor activities or fresh air in the evenings. For others, their bodies and minds have awakened to the opportunities of renewal and fresh beginnings.
From my vantage point, two divergent things are commonly observed. My clients from the fall or winter are doing better, or have decreased the need to see me. Others are struggling with the forthcoming life transition: end of a school year, graduation, addition of a new family member, the end of a relationship, etc.
Whether you are on spring break, spring cleaning, in a period of reflection, or observing Lent- a new season is upon us.
What are you still holding onto from 2016?
What goals do you want to start in Q2?
What obstacles prevent you from progressing?
What supports do you need in this season of life?
As I recently told a social work class, one of the unique perspective of social workers, is understanding a client and the environment around them. This is certainly something that I practice daily, and has informed me in the various clients that I have/had work with. Whether it was a child from a single parent home living in public housing, or an adult with chronic mental illness who’s longing for connection.
An issue that is commonly known, but is complex is low socio-economic status or poverty. Poverty is more than just one’s annual total income, or whether one has a job, and its affects all aspects of daily life that can become emotionally, mentally, and/or physically traumatic- trauma that can affect one’s DNA and future generations.
So here’s what I listened to a couple of weeks ago:
•Economics of Surrogacy
•Systemic School Segregation
•Strangers in Their Own Land Read the rest of this entry »
For many young people, life has always been busy. It’s even been said that life was overscheduled as youngsters, perhaps a reaction to my generation’s childhood of latchkey kids and freedom like the kids from Stranger Things. For some that did not stop in college, whether it was continuing on with community service projects, joining a fraternity/sorority, playing a club sport, becoming “woke” to a number of political, societal or environmental concerns.
But what happens when you graduate, and you start working? What happened to those days when you could take a nap after your 9am class, what happened to those emails or sign up sheets for reading to the local elementary school kids, what happened to that weekly game of pick up, and friends who were always available to go out for a smoke, or make a late night run for food? Read the rest of this entry »