Clinical supervision

Clinical supervision

Even when management supervision is good, it’s NOT enough. I know from bitter personal experience how important clinical supervision is. What is clinical supervision & why do we need it?… Burnout is a real risk for anyone working with troubled children...

Beating burnout!

In 2006 I burned out. Hit the wall. I’m not sure where my head went, but it went! The reason? The work. Dealing with sexual abuse all day, everyday. Pressure, responsibility, volume, seriousness, risk, concern… All of it. I just ran out of steam. The...

Resisting the pull of work…

Summertime is here – despite the rubbish weather! The kids are out of school and it’s time for a breather. A rest… But taking a break isn’t always easy, is it? Here’s why we should rest & some ideas how… Despite it the fact that...
Worker grief – it's time to speak up…

Worker grief – it's time to speak up…

I have 6 names written in the front of my work diary. 6 children I worked with. They are all no longer with us. They died. Sooner or later, anyone working with troubled children will experience grief of one kind or another. Loss comes in many forms… –...

The power of encouragement…

Two people encouraged me today. Both took me by surprise. They made my day! In a job that can be very wearing and demanding, we need all the encouragement we can get. How to harness the good stuff and use it to our advantage… Both today’s tit-bits of...
Why real rest is crucial for carers…

Why real rest is crucial for carers…

I remember my Dad telling me one day, when I was about 15, that he’d just booked a holiday. To Spain. Back in 1980, when a holiday for us meant a fortnight in a caravan in Whitby, this was big news! But this holiday would have even more surprises in store. What...
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