FYI, great post on social workers embracing innovation over at Mike Langlois’s Gamer Therapist blog. My favorite quote: “Yes there is a lot of suffering in the world, let’s get going and reduce it.” My thoughts exactly! Anything less just adds to the problem.
Here’s a sample from his post:
Fear is the place you start from.
People who deny that things are changing are in my opinion in for a rude awakening. They deny the way our profession is being challenged, the importance of emerging new technologies, and the evolving practice of psychotherapy. They deny the things that would evoke fear in them. This is not unique to therapists of course. Ironically, we often work trying to help patients see the devastating impact on their lives of repressing anxiety-provoking truths. Then we turn around and do the same things to ourselves, hoping that this change in economics or technology is “more of the same.” Folks in this group are in pre-contemplation of fear, they haven’t even gotten that far.
Then there are clinicians who have gotten that things are really changing, and they are terrified! They are paralyzed and miserable, commiserating with others and talking about the way things were in the past and how much better they were then. They see the point of fear and they think of it as the period on a life’s sentence of struggling. This is the end of our careers, we can’t learn to use technology, therapy is a dying art form. They give up, and go out of business in a lingering dwindling sort of way.
Fear is not the endpoint. Fear is where you begin. Fear is where you get going and hire a coach, research and write up a business plan, take a workshop on business development, marketing or integrating new technologies. Fear is the start of renovating your practice. Yes there is a lot of suffering in the world, let’s get going and reduce it.