Happy National Social Work Month! I couldn't help but revive this post from last year. I'm so proud to call myself both a Social Worker and Professional Organizer or shall I say "Organized Therapist?!"
Whether wearing my Social Worker or Professional Organizer hat, the help I give others is very similar. In our intro college courses, we are exposed to the many roles of social workers which include:
Enabler: Supporting others in finding solutions
Facilitator: Fostering shared outcomes
Broker: Linking clients with resources
Planner: Coordinating projects through research and planning
Mediator: Finding agreements amidst conflict
Outreach: Conveying public information about social issues through community education
Teacher: Facilitating information processing and providing educational opportunities
Trainer: Instructing through staff development
Activist: Initiating change through social action
Reading through the above list I am struck with how I have taken on each one of those roles in one way or another when wearing my Professional Organizer hat.
I enable clients in their organizing goals by finding just the right product or storage solution to fit their needs.
I facilitate the process of organizing to produce clutter-free results.
I link clients to organizing resources and information to fit their needs.
I coordinate projects with clients whether large or small through hard work and planning.
I often mediate between clients and their family or communities to identify shared organizing goals.
I have done outreach to the community through volunteer organizing projects.
I provide presentations and talks to teach the skills of organization.
I work with clients one on one to instruct them on the hows and whys of organizing to come up with personalized plans of action to help them get and stay organized.
I am actively involved in my National Association of Professional Organizers local chapter as well as a statewide hoarding task force to bring about change and awareness of the Professional Organizing industry.
My therapeutic skills combined with my organizational abilities provides a unique skill-set when working with clients. In the coming months, I will be looking to combine more counseling into my organizing services so you'll see come changes happening as my business model is re-shaped! Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can follow my Pinterest board, the "Organizing Social Worker!"