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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reading goals

I LOVE TO READ. I enjoy reading the material in most of my required social work books. For the past year and a half I have not always have the luxury of time to read as much as I wanted to when it came to going the extra mile -- and sometimes it was a challenge to keep up.

Now that I've quit my job to do the student thing full-time, theoretically I should have more time to read. I just need to re-train my brain and do it!

I decided I would set some reading goals:
1. Each week I will look at the syllabus and organize my reading assignments so I will know exactly what I need to read.

2. I plan to have a book with me at all times. When I go to field practice, I'll take one with me for lunch break. When I go to an appointment where I may have to wait (doctor, etc.), I will take one with me.

3. I will read all the required assignments and then see if I have time to add suggested readings, too. If not, no sweat, but if I have some spare moments, I will do it.

I am psyched about theory right now, and there is an abundance of literature out there to partake of.

I want to be the best clinician possible, and reading is a way to get there.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. What book are you carrying around with you now? I'm always looking for recs on books, social work and otherwise, feel free to share!

  2. Thanks for asking! I just ordered "Seeking Safety" A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse by Lisa M. Najavits.

    ~Ms. T. J.


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