The Struggle Bus: Using Critical Self-Reflection for Psychological Introspection and Self-Care
Keywords:social worker, critical self-reflection, burnout, well-being, self-care, introspection
Take away all titles; humans need support. As we add titles to our existence, the observed need for support shifts. When a title like social worker, CEO, doctor, teacher, or coach is attached to an individual, it can strip the individual of believing they can reach out for help. The helper is the help. People think the social worker must fix everything and not warrant support due to a title. How does the social worker seek help without appearing “weak”? Obstacles faced in asking for help can create dark and isolating holes, referenced as rides on the struggle bus. In this narrative, we examine the culture of self-care, being a passenger on the struggle bus, and explore the process of critical self-reflection. Finally, we introduce the Critical Incident Questionnaire and recommendations for potential critical self-reflection as tools in managing the struggle bus phenomenon.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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