Self Care Talk with SaraKay Smullens
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Self Care Talk with SaraKay Smullens

Self Care Talk with SaraKay Smullens

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United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19014

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The Professional Development & Networking Committee of the AmeriCorps Alums Philadelphia Chapter is pleased to announce their 1st event

Thanks to alum feedback we are kicking off with self-care for this event. We will be joined by SaraKay Smullens, an expert in the self-care field and author of “Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work,” for a discussion on this topic suitable for non-profit professionals.


SaraKay Smullens MSW, LCSW, BCD, CFLE, CGP http://www.sarakaysmullens.com/

Her private and pro bono social work practice is in Philadelphia, is a certified group psychotherapist, family life educator, and recipient of an NASW-PA Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her longstanding activism and client advocacy, and more specifically, the codification of five invisible patterns of emotional abuse, and a therapeutic model to address it. SaraKay is founder of the Philadelphia initiative, the Sabbath of Domestic Peace, which identified clergy as “the missing link” in addressing domestic violence, devoting itself to clergy involvement and education that prayer alone would not save lives, and couples in distress, due to abuse and violence, could not be seen together. SaraKay has published in peer-reviewed journals, blogs for The Huffington Postand is the best-selling author of Whoever Said Life Is Fair?: A Guide to Growing Through Life’s Injustices and Setting YourSelf Free: Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Abuse in Family, Friendships, Work, and Love. Her latest book, based on six years of research and now in its second printing, Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work: A Guide for Students and those in Mental Health and Related Professions, addresses why burnout is in the wings for us all, regardless of profession. The paper that led to this book, “What I Wish I Had Known: Burnout and Self-Care in Our Social Work Profession,” won a 2013 NASW medial award. SaraKay has been invited to conferences, universities, book groups, and living rooms to discuss the impact of burnout in our lives and in our society (and specifically in the past election), as well as the evidence based strategies that alleviate and prevent it. Arianna Huffington has invited SaraKay to join the writers in her new initiative, Global Health. She will be offering a full day workshop on burnout and self-care at the Mayo Clinic in the Spring, 2017. SaraKay’s professional papers and memorabilia, demonstrating her activism, advocacy and the consistency in which she has addressed injustice and prejudice throughout her professional life, are divided between the Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, a special collection at Goucher College, and the Kennedy Library.


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