Self-Care in Social Work


Our Purpose

This website is devoted to the self-care of social workers and similar helping professionals. Our hope is to create an on-line community of support for those who dedicate themselves to this very challenging and stressful occupation. We invite you to explore Features From the Field- each story submitted by a social work student or practitioner about their experience coping with traumatizing or stressful circumstances on the job. We encourage you to share your reactions and comments for the submitted stories. We also invite you to submit your own story, either anonymously or by name on the form provided on the Features page. As companions to our book, Self-Care in Social Work: A Guide for Practitioners, Supervisors, and Administrators, we offer worksheets, assessment tools, and links to additional websites that we have found helpful. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for creating an active and evolving online community.

About The Authors

Kathy Cox, Ph.D, L.C.S.W, is an associate professor at the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico. She has practiced for over 25 years in the field of children’s mental health. Kathy currently teaches a variety of courses in social work practice, practicum, and research. Her most recent research is focused on stress and self-care in the helping professions. She has three adult children, Aaron, Jack and Kayla, and lives with her partner, Joe, in Paradise, CA.
Sue Steiner, Ph.D, M.S.W is a professor at the school of Social Work at California State University, Chico. Over the years she has taught community practice, program development, grant-writing, research, social welfare policy, and field practicum courses. Sue has worked in community organization, social welfare policy, and organizational development. She is the coauthor of an introduction to social work textbook, An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work: Becoming a Change Agent, and her current scholarship focuses on effective teaching methods. Sue lives with her partner, Dilia, in Chico, CA