Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, December 2015)
Last week I finished teaching a trauma course for students pursuing their graduate degree in social work. More than any other time in the 30 years I’ve been teaching has it been more difficult to balance what has been happening in the world with what I am teaching in the classroom.
I’ve wondered if it’s because the class I teach is a trauma class, but then I remind myself that never before in the history of my teaching has so much worldwide pain been so accessible to all of us. And then I think of the reason I chose to be a social worker. I don’t wish to surround myself with pain, but then again, there is a certain opportunity that comes with being present to our own, and to another’s, pain.
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