The Family and Youth Services Bureau, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has an information service called the National Clearinghouse on Family and Youth which offers a variety of resources. According to the website:
Its purpose is to educate the family and youth work field—including FYSB grantees and aspiring grantees—about the research and effective practices that can improve the long-term social and emotional wellbeing of families and youth. From sustainability to evidence-based practice to trauma-informed care, NCFY publishes more than 250 articles, podcasts and videos a year about interesting and innovative work going on in the field.
A recent resource titled “Self-Care for Youth Workers” compiles several helpful resources on Self-Care in the youth worker field, and is a good read for anyone working in the field. You might also want to consider taking a look at their review of the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, and maybe check the book out yourself.
Self-care is often ignored by many helping professionals, but it is only by being at your best that you can best help your clients. So, don’t forget it!
Written By Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer