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Social Work Resources - Job/Life Balance, Burn Out and Stress Reduction

All About Stress Management
Elizabeth Scott is a life coach, writer, wife, mother, pianist, karate enthusiast and Mensa member who has spent the past eleven years working with a variety of types of people on stress management, personal growth, and emotional, financial and physical health.

Alliance of Work/Life Professionals
The Alliance of Work/Life Professionals is a membership organization for professionals who work in business, academia, or at the public sector to promote a healthier balance between work and personal life. Its efforts unite, support and provide strategic direction in the promotion of work/life balance through thought leadership, enhancing connections and providing access to cutting-edge resources and information.

Anger Tool Kit
A printable worksheet which helps you to identify sources of anger in your life and measure your personal anger level.

Are You Burned Out?
A quick test to see if you are burned out. A real eye-opener.

Are You Walking for Charity?
From our About Walking to make it through a charity walk. Some of us walk for fun and exercise and charity, but don't do this on a regular basis. Here are tips for the infrequent charity walker.

Balancing Business and Family
From The Entrepreneurial Parent, tips and discussion regarding parenting and building your private business.

Books on Balancing Life
Purchase books from our Social Work World Bookseller. Learn how to simplify your life and achieve balance. 

Books on Burnout
Powered by Powell's Books, you will find the latest in stress management as well as great deals on used books!

Buy Yourself or a Colleague a Little Gift
Have a little fun with a unique social work logo t-shirt, hat, lunch box or mug.

Burn Out Bibliography
Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Resiliency Studies. The purpose of this research program is to develop a causal model that predicts and accounts for the variance in the measurement of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Resiliency Studies among human service professionals. This web site contains relevant materials for the research program, starting with a focus on social workers, particularly in the area of child welfare services.. Related links will focus on hospital chaplains, psychologists, and family therapists.

Burn Out - From the Child Welfare League of America 
Type the phrase "social worker burnout" into Google, and the Internet search engine will churn out more than 8,000 matches. At the top of the list, Tellingly, there is no,, or

Burn Out Among MSWs in Maine
Social workers are at higher risk for burn out than those in other professions. This research paper reviews the literature and studies the issue of social work burn out.

Burn-out Busters
From, some wise advice.

Burnout Inventory
Rate yourself and get your score online. Something to think about!

Burnout Potential Inventory
How often do these situations bother you at work? Use the scale in this quiz to rate how often you are bothered by each situation described.

Desktop Aquariums
You won't believe how peaceful a little aquarium can be.

Do You Have Job Strain?
This test can give you a rough indication of how much 'job strain' you're may have at work.

Do You Know Your Anger Mangement Style?
This article is written for parents. They explain the 3 basic styles of anger management: The suppressor, the venter, and the manager or director.

Employee Benefits as a Management Tool
Just a few years ago it would have been unthinkable for the CEO of a major corporation to suggest that employees had a life away from the job, let alone that they should try to balance life and work. What has happened that causes such a shift in our corporate priorities?
A humorous approach to the burnout issue.

Going Bonkers
Friend's Review: I discovered a new magazine today at Borders Books! Leave it to me, I guess, to find a new read!!

Its called Going Bonkers: Learning, Laughing, Stress-Free Living. It’s a self help magazine with a sense of humor.
What I like about it and feel needs to be recognized is that it is AD-FREE!  Features like, Getting the YES You Want, Ten Tips for Successful Negotiating, The Law of Attraction, Mirror Mirror On the Wall: Accepting & Loving our Imperfect Bodies, and What God Asks You in Heaven.... The inside cover is a blank page with a short note to thank its readers for their support so that they can continue to offer ad-free news.

High Need Families = Burn-Out
Those of us in the helping professions have it tough! We are asked to perform minor miracles with little or no funding. People expect that we will somehow always have the magic solution. Many of our clients are less than thrilled to be our clients. Simply put, we spend an inordinate amount of time with high need families. All of these factors combine to place us at-risk for becoming burned out. Unless you take care of yourself (physically and emotionally) you’re pretty much lining up to be a statistic.

Inner Peace Music
Steven Halpern's web site with music to bring peace to your lives.

Is Your Staff Burning Out?
A quick and easy little test. Permission is given for personal use.

Is Your Life in Balance?
Take this quiz, read the article and see what you think.

Job Burnout
At some point in your career, you will experience burnout. Regardless of how much you like your job there will come a time when you just don't feel like doing it anymore.

Job Accommodation Network
If you have a limitation or a disability, you can use this resource to find out more about ADA and job accommodation.

Life is Art
This site was developed by a creative group of artists, writers, business people, teachers, parents, psychologists and friends whose individual experience allows them the exceptional opportunity of serving as mentors and guides as they share their skills, their awareness and their life vision with you. Whether you choose a single path, or many, through the course of your exciting visits with us, we sincerely hope you will find enlightenment, inspiration, guidance and encouragement.

Making a Difference to Social Work
If social services didn't exist we'd have to invent them, health secretary Alan Milburn assured the sector's annual conference in October. Judging from the numbers fleeing social work, that day may not be far off.

Managing Your Time Effectively
From your About Career Planning Guide, an article supporting your decision to get ahold of your life and manage your time more effectively.
Inspiring you in all of your roles

Online Stress Management Groups for Social Workers
A powerpoint presentation developed by a social worker. Yes, there are many online support groups for social workers.

The mission of Psychjourney is to provide a cyber-bridge between health seekers and mental and allied health professionals, empower mental health consumers to successfully navigate the Labyrinth: The Maze of Mental Health and to provide mental health and allied health professionals with the education, support, and tools they need to build a private practice and better serve their clients.

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Stress
While there's a wealth of information available about the effects of stress, it can be stressful trying to wade through it all! Here are 10 important facts about the effects of stress that can go a long way in helping you understand stress and its role in your life.

Stress and Managing Stress
An excellent and concise overview.

Welcome to the Stress-O-Meter. Using patented science techniques, their super computer is specially calibrated to measure the precise amount of stress you are experiencing in your work environment.

Stress in Social Work
Citing specific social work scenarios in the United Kingdom, author Richard Davies examines the dynamics of our profession which lead to stress among social work administrators and front line staff.

Stress Management Books
Powered by Powell's Books, you will find the latest in stress management as well as great deals on used books!

Stress Reduction Books
Tapes, meditations and quick tips on stress reduction. 

Stress Test
20 questions to find out how stressed you actually are!

Ten Quick Time Management Tips
If you need more than 24 hours in a day but don't have the energy for a major scheduling overhaul, here are ten quick time management tips you can start using now to help you squeeze a few more precious minutes out of your day.

Time Management at Work
This feature is an interview with Peggy Duncan, a time management counselor and professional organizer who has written the book
Put Time Management to Work: Get Organized, Streamline Processes, Use the Right Technology.

Walk Away From Stress
Your social work editor's favorite stress reducer. Promote a sense of peace and rhythm in your life.

Walking for Your Spirit
About's Walking Guide discusses the inner benefits of walking.

Wellness OnLine Best of the Net
Home of the Berkeley Wellness letter, great ideas to motivate you to improve your health and well-being.

When Should You Leave Your Job?
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “an undisputed fact about the U.S. labor force is that people who already have jobs sometimes decide to look for 'better' jobs”

Why am I so Angry?
Great little article on understanding anger. This would be a good hand-out for an anger management class.

Women and Stress
From the National Women's Health Information Center, Stress can arise for a variety of reasons. Stress can be brought about by a traumatic accident, death, or emergency situation. Stress can also be a side effect of a serious illness or disease. There is also stress associated with daily life, the workplace, and family responsibilities.
Great stress FAQs.

Women Fishing - The Women fishing website came into existence when they realized that there were over 17 Million Licensed Female Anglers in the U.S.A alone. Fishing can be relaxing and is a great way to balance your life.

Work and Family Connection Best of the Net
A great little resource.

Working Stiff
Work. Bitch. Act.

Work/Life Balance Issues and Resources for Managers
Balancing life and work is a major issue for executives and others, including consultants. Information and web sites on this issue, as well as consultants and coaches specializing in life/work balance are referenced on these pages.

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