What was interesting for me is how the video highlighted that:
1) Stress in profession is related to the social work system itself, and not to the individual characteristics of practitioners.
This is a pretty empowering statement since most responsible adults in our society display high internal locus of control & are highly self-critical (which also explains the increase of mental health cases). I believe that most of my colleagues in the sector are like this. Self-compassion is not really a well known concept in our society.
2) Heavy caseloads and bureaucratic demands play an important role.
YA!! IKR.. Makes me think of the 5-letter system which all FSC workers are accustomed to.
I definitely feel and see a difference - how work can influence my emotional and mental health since I had only transferred to a FSC about ten months back. The shift from preventive and developmental work to doing remedial work does take a toll on me since I frequently have to UP my empathy and compassion when I see the clients. Only after my transfer, did I fully comprehend the term "compassion fatigue". However, many of my colleagues continue the work even though it is affecting them.
Our work is a meaningful one, but how can we also learn to build ourselves up for the work which we all love to do? I think I have some ideas. Do you?