As social workers we go into the profession for similar reasons: To serve underserved and vulnerable populations, and advocate for social justice social change. Sometimes, though, during our careers and lives, we get stuck.
The life and career in social work can be incredibly challenging. Maybe you’ve reached the point where you are reconsidering your career choice as a social worker. The career where you have invested years of your life, thousands of your dollars, and significant parts of your heart and soul.
I’m right there with you.
The #1 obstacle I’ve faced during my career as a social worker . . . figuring out what to do next.
You know the feeling of helplessness, overwhelm, and just being stuck:
How can I support myself and my family financially as a social worker?
How do I find a good paying social work job?
Is there any way to pay off my student loans in this lifetime?
How do I start a private practice or doing contract work?
Should I go to graduate school to get my MSW, Ph.D. or DSW?
What do I do when I have too many cases and feel overloaded at work?
How do I manage my time better and reclaim “me time”.
How can I manage documentation requirements and still make time for my clients?
How do I get licensed as a social worker?
How do I pass the licensing exam?
How do I keep from feeling so emotionally drained about my work?
How do I change “the system” I’m working in?
Will I ever find a work/life balance?
Any of those sound familiar?
You could have torn those questions straight from a page in my journal. I’ve had all of these questions, challenges, and more during 14 years in my social work career.
For a long time, I was stressed and thinking of quitting social work.
Then I worked with a health coach. Now my stress has decreased dramatically, and I meditate and practice yoga daily. The amazing thing is that I’ve never been busier:
I’m a devoted husband and father
I’m a full-time clinical social worker at a busy medical center
I have a private practice providing clinical supervision, consultation, and coaching services
When I had this idea to start a website, blog, and business to serve social workers, I was stuck on where to begin. Then I worked with a coach to focus me on the next steps to take.
Without coaching I would have never started, and I wouldn't have started this website to help you.
My greatest passion is helping social workers reach their full potential in their lives and careers.
Recently I've worked one-on-one with select Social Worker Success tribe members. Here is what one client, Mary Elizabeth, had to say:
I appreciated Nathan's strengths-based approach to solving problems and his reminders of the importance of self-care. Because of Nathan's teaching and advice, I am now better equipped and prepared to help my clients and face their challenges while not losing sight of my personal career goals and dreams.
Here is how the coaching program works:
You and I will meet once a month for a 60-minute one-on-one video conference call. During this call, we will identify the specific challenge in your life or career you want to change and determine exactly what your next step needs to be. The session will be recorded and made available for you to review at any time.
Weekly Check-ins: Once a week I check on you via email. During our call, we will establish action items to complete before the next scheduled call. Fridays check-ins are for accountability and to help you overcome any barriers you may have met.
Priority email access: Only my coaching clients have priority email access to me to ask questions or get additional input or feedback. Typically I respond within few hours.