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Social Work and Professional Organizing: There Are More Similarities Than You Think

Social Work and Professional Organizing: There Are More Similarities Than You Think

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!"

 

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  • How exciting that your business model will be shifting to blend your two areas of expertise! It was interesting to read all the skills that are used in both Social Work and Organizing--a perfect mix of skills for helping clients reach their organizing goals!
    3/13/2017 10:46:55 AM Reply
    • @Stacey Agin Murray: Thanks for sharing in my enthusiasm, Stacey! I'm excited for where I'm headed this year. More to come!
      3/15/2017 1:27:26 PM Reply
  • It's great how you combined the two careers together. When my dad was dying, I was recommended a social worker to help me make his last days be more comfortable. They do offer a lot of support and help save time finding places to visit. It's a wonderful service profession.
    3/13/2017 10:22:26 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: I'm glad you found the help of a social worker helpful for your father. There are so many various directions one can take with a social work degree. It's such a versatile helping profession that is truly needed across disciplines.
      3/15/2017 1:26:47 PM Reply
  • I think this is a wonderful combination of skills and training. Many of us feel like counselors at times, but you have the expertise to bring real support and help. Lucky clients who hire you:)
    3/13/2017 9:28:06 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: Yes, the combo of my organizing abilities and my clinical skills come in handy more often than not!
      3/15/2017 1:25:51 PM Reply
  • What an incredible blending of your two professions! I love how the various roles flow beautifully between organizer and social worker. I noticed that you are engaged in a statewide hoarding task force. Are you involved with ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization?) ICD has a lot of resources around hoarding, including ICD's Clutter-Hoarding Scale, along with extensive learning and information in all areas of chronic disorganization. In case you're interested in learning more, or sharing what you've been doing with ICD folks, here's the link to the site: https://challengingdisorganization.org
    3/13/2017 9:14:10 AM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: I am a member of the ICD, Linda! I currently hold 8 of their Level I Certifications and passed the exam for a Level II certificate last fall. Such a great organization and it does blend nicely with my role as a social worker.
      3/15/2017 1:24:49 PM Reply

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