Comments on: He Verbally Assaulted Me Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:00:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: anonymous Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:24:11 +0000 Our job in Children Services is very emotionally exhausting every day and there have been days that I have come home so emotionally drained that I had nothing left to give my own family. Being able to deal with a person who is escalating while remaining calm is defiantly a skill that is needed in order to be a successful social worker.

Sounds like you were able to understand this man and why he acted the way he did when he was handling a stressful situation and that you were able to provide support and encouragement for him. It also seems to me that you realized that he could easily continue to emotionally exhaust you if you did not get to know why he acted the way he did. Reacting immediately to him while in the escalated state would have done neither one of you any good and in order to provide support for him you had to step away from your own emotions and listen to his rants. You were able to help manage his stress while realizing he was taking all the energy from you emotionally. I hope that from this situation you were able to take some time to yourself and recoup from the emotionally draining job we all do daily in Children Services. Our own self care is just as important as our clients wellbeing, especially if we want to continue to provide encouragement and support to our clients.