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dandilionI work in a high burnout field. I work in a VERY high burnout field. About every two years or so I hit a wall, and I hit it hard. And yet, I love doing therapy. Even more, I love doing case management and working with people to help them get their basic needs met and improve their lives.

I love blogging, and doing internet activism, and coming up with ways to help people improve their lives and publishing them, and seeing comments when I’ve touched someone’s life in a positive way.

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murder and mental health

This is some seriously important shit. Go read this now. And then come back and we’ll have that discussion we’ve been needing to have in this country for far too long on murder and mental health.

I’m not Adam Lanza’s mother. I don’t think.

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Ion having depression; dandelion seeds blowing in the wind Have Depression

I am not owned by my depression but I am affected by it.

I battle it into submission, and sometimes it battles me into retreat

Having depression means I have to take enormous care to eat right, get the sleep I need, and balance my life. and that I am sometimes completely incapable of eating right, sleeping right, or balancing my life.

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Rolling Jubilee

Wipe our Debt (Photo credit: Images_of_Money)

Occupy Wall Street has found a very interesting new cause to pursue, and are rolling it out on November 15th (which happens to be my dad’s 80th birthday. Happy birthday, Daddy!). They are raising money to buy up debt for pennies on the dollar and forgive it. It’s called Rolling Jubilee and there’s a good editorial by Douglas Rushkoff about it on CNN here.

Rushkoff brings up the ‘moral hazard’ issue and deals with it pretty well, simply by equating personal debt forgiveness with the business debt forgiveness that has already been done by government on a massive scale. There’s more to it than that, however.

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compassion fatigue

 Compassion Fatigue:

Dear JHP:  I’ve been working as a receptionist at my agency now for two years, and I’m tired of it all.  My clients are whiny, my boss is never happy, and I wake up every morning dreading going to work.  I’m sick of it all, but in this job market, I’m afraid to just quit, and I haven’t found anything else out there.  On top of it all, even though I’m sick and tired of them, I still worry about the people I help.  What should I do?

Signed,
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired.

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How to Lead a Group

The social service field is full of situations where you get pulled from one task and with very little notice, get asked to do another.  It is not uncommon, for example for an educational group to be scheduled, and for a crisis to keep the regular mediator from being able to lead it.
Here are some tips for how to lead a psycho-educational, therapy, or substance abuse group successfully with very little notice.

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