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Well, itís Social Work Month Ė time to salute my people!   

So hereís to the unsung heroes who look after the weak, the sick, the poor, the neglected, the disenfranchised and the unspoken-for.  What a heritage!  Check out the picture of two great ladies who helped define social service at its very beginnings Ė Chicagoís Jane Addams and Hannah Greenebaum Solomon.

Itís not that other professions donít do this, but social workers do it as their primary focus  Ė thatís the job.  Weíre in welfare offices, child abuse organizations, battered spouse shelters, adoption services, probation, rehab, child and family service agencies, food banks, inner city schools, the courts, the hospitals and the neighborhoods.

Our profession also constitutes the main percentage of psychotherapists nowadays.  We considerably outnumber counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists at the shrinking of heads, so if youíre seeing a therapist or if you are a therapist, weíre probably talking about a social worker.

We donít apologize for caring about the poor, the hungry, the underserved and underrepresented. And we do our best to make life better for them Ė through service, community organizing, lobbying and policy change.

As a rule, social workers donít get a whole lot of money or status from doing this work.  There are exceptions Ė Senator Barbara Mikulski comes to mind Ė she started out as a community organizer and she maintains that same deep level of caring and commitment to her peeps, as anyone on the streets of Baltimore will tell you. But most of us donít get that high up on the food chain. Thatís not what drives us.  Itís more about the meaning that comes from alleviating suffering, because we see all people as worthy of a good life.

Cindy and the team in Akron wanted to do something to honor social workers this month, so theyíre offering an extra discount on the Caregiver Self-Care Set just for social workers through the end of March.  This consists of my Caregiver Stress imagery, Julie Luskís brief, accessible and very soothing Power of Presence guided exercises, and some super-calming Aura Cacia lavender oil to augment either.

Normally these items are priced separately at $43.26, but as a kit and with the extra social work discount, itís $29.95 through the end of March.  Just enter the code: SW2014.

The team is also offering social workers an extra 15% off of any regularly priced item in the catalog through the last day of this month.  Again, just enter the code: SW2014.

And speaking of catalog items, it looks like our new Focus & Finish Kit is seriously flying off the shelves around here.  I guess thereís a lot of focusing and finishing that needs to get done.  The kit includes two naturally occurring, mutually supportive and immensely popular titles: Traci Steinís Overcoming Procrastination and my Concentration, Focus and Learning.

I also want to remind you that the extraordinary annual Nutrition and Health Conference, sponsored by the University of Arizonaís Integrative Medicine Department, is in Addison TX, from May 5-7 this year.  

This conference assembles internationally-recognized researchers, clinicians, educators, and chefs from all over the US and the world, to share their wisdom about the interface of nutrition and health.  

Wanna watch Foodie and Food Maven, Andy Weil MD, cook?  You can here.

Iíll be offering a keynote on the latest understanding and research on guided imageryís impact on diabetes, and a whole bunch of practitioner tips on how to introduce it to patients and clients.

Okay, thatís it for now.
Take care and be well.

All best,



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written by Geri, April 04, 2014
Thank you for your affirming words to us Social Workers, Belleruth. You are a terrific role model.

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