“Beginner’s mind” is a concept within Eastern philosophies in which we retain our sense of ‘not knowing’ to keep experiences fresh and our minds open to learning and growth. New clinicians embarking on their career out of graduate school have this beginner’s mind naturally, but through the process of working, many of us lose it in increments to the stress of overwork, overwhelm and regular life. Join us for a dynamic discussion with practitioners across the clinical lifespan as we explore maintaining freshness of perception in the face of competing demands, difficult clients, life challenges, and whatever gets stirred up in us.
Develop our understanding of “beginner’s mind” and maintain openness to continued learning and ongoing professional reflection.
Identify the risk factors to losing that freshness of perception and tools to help us maintain energy and vitality in face of competing demands, challenging clients, and our own personal and professional reactions.
Understand how involvement in others’ change processundefinedboth clients and those we supervise or mentor-can support our effort to weave experience with openness.
Looking ahead: participants will learn the roadmap for the year’s CEMs; thinking about “beginner’s mind” as a continuum.
Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
PO Box 252 • Everett, WA 98206 • firstname.lastname@example.org