Empowering Social Workers for Optimal Practice:  Enhancing Self-Awareness to Mitigate Stress from Client Trauma and the Workplace

Robert Schachter

National NASW's professional policy statement on professional self-care asserts that mitigating workplace stress needs to be considered a best practice among social workers.  This workshop seeks to operationalize this imperative.  Attention will be given to identifying the multiple sources of stress, including the requirements of the employing organization and the impact of secondary traumatic stress.  A major focus will be on the centrality of the social worker's self-awareness and how it can be significantly enhanced through mindfulness, awareness of the breath, and exercises to release blocked energy in the body (known as Qigong).  The presentation will include the need for professional self-care plans and the role of intention in carrying them out.  Strategies for making plans realistic will be underscored.

Presenter: Dr. Robert Schachter served as Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter for 27 years, with a long-term focus on the experience of professional social workers in the work environment.  This included leading NASW in obtaining licensure for the profession, obtaining loan forgiveness for graduates, and opening the field to addressing racism.  After retiring from NASW, Dr. Schachter developed a curriculum on professional self-care for social workers, including a focus on the impact of secondary traumatic stress.  In 2018, he presented a lifetime achievement award by the National Network for Social Work Management.


Friday, October 25, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th Street, New York
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Registration: 2 CEU Credit Hours
General: $50
Wurzweiler Alumni and Field Instructors: $35
Students (with ID): $15

As per New York State Continuing Education Guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop WILL NOT receive their certificate, are not allowed admittance into the workshop, and are also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.

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