During my last semester in graduate school, I developed an intervention I am proud to share with you all. It’s a self-care plan that I implement with my clients, as well as in my personal life. My colleagues loved it and many of my clients have embraced it. This intervention is tangible, as it can be taken home by the client to put on their wall or refrigerator – a practice I encourage as a form of buy-in to their treatment.
This intervention leads the client in identifying their needs for their mental, physical, and spiritual self. It then helps the client to identify important people in their support systems and goals they wish to accomplish (in therapy, in general, etc).
This proved to be an excellent tool with other clients who may not see a counselor over a the summer break (my final year internship was at a University).
I have three versions (see: Downloads). Two are downloadable for utilization on an iPad drawing app (I use Brushes for iPad) and a third version is in .PDF for you to print out. I did not watermark these images, so please do not resell them.
This is how I utilize this intervention with my clients:
Check out more of my Self-Care Plan and downloadable content for your own self care and for clients, after the break!
For Social Workers
As the creator of this intervention (surely, there must be others similar to this), it was important for me to integrate concepts that I have been preaching to my clients. In essence, I bought into developing a self-care plan out of a necessity for preventing burnout and promoting my own well-being. The same self-care plan you saw in the video (and below) is hanging on my wall. Why? It is because I often try to practice what I preach to my clients.
Especially when I’m not feeling well (i.e. irritable), I run an inventory on my own self-care plan and usually, a lack of sleep is the culprit! But that’s just one example. I encourage social work instructors, supervisors, and colleagues to take this (or a similar intervention) to promote this concept of self-care among helping professionals.
See below to download in PDF, JPG, and PNG!
Here are three templates for your use:
- PDF: Digital for your Social Work Toolbox
- TIFF: The best download quality for you to print (should the PDF give you any grief)
- PNG: Image file you can save to your iPad’s Camera Roll
- JPG: A lower-quality image file you can also download
Copyright Stuff (i.e. Please don’t rip me off and I’d appreciate being credited for this original work)
Self-Care Plan by Social Work Tech | Ignacio Pacheco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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And to those in, starting, or ending school, congratulations on your journey so far! We made it!