SWEET envisions a world in which all clinicians, advocates, and agencies, always have the required resources to make a transformative impact.
SWEET rallies a community of clinicians, advocates, and agencies, behind the causes we all care about. A strong community united in vision and purpose can bring needed change. This can be accomplished through solidarity, empowerment, and education.
Our core values include:
"SWEET is such a special place where I feel comfortable to take risks and really engage in new learning and growth."
— Lily T., WPA
SWEET helps catalyze a transformative impact by creating a space to reflect, emphasizing Collective Learning, and focusing on the unique strengths of each clinician and advocate.
Our Paradigm Includes:
• Soft skills and critical thinking
• Collective Learning
• Socratic and Desire Methods
• Empowerment tools
• Emphasis on clinical and system-based practices
• A diverse team, modeling the importance and value of collaboration in making change.
ALL SESSIONS ARE FACILITATED BY
Our SWEET Story
It was March 6, 2017, when Mardoche Sidor, a psychiatrist, and Karen Dubin-McKnight, a social worker, sat for their usual work-lunch meeting. This time something weighed heavy on their hearts: “I am tired of seeing all these dedicated clinicians and advocates, so passionate and brilliant, end up burntout,” says one. “Yes, it’s frustrating. They stand for a cause, work hard, seek the client’s best interest, and yet they and their agencies are deprived of the space they need to make an impact,” added the other.
Mardoche and Karen agreed that something had to be done and teamed up to work on adding value to clinicians, advocates, and their agencies. Little did they know that was the beginning of the SWEET Institute.
What value you may ask?
This value is when community and collaboration become a reality; When we know that we can provide the best care to our patients and clients, while preserving our own wellness; and when we have accessible training, with adequate supervision, and a safe place to reflect, while our agencies still remain productive.
Together, we can make the difference, uphold social justice, and support our patients and clients through meaningful change, by creating a community to prevent burnout and promote self-care. This can happen by coming together, learning together, and growing together.
At SWEET, we believe that together we can catalyze a movement, that we can and must grow together, and that we can effect meaningful change. We now know that we can have self-care and excellent clinical care, and we know that by providing the right support for staff, and helping them be empowered, we are creating a community that fosters the best outcomes for patients and clients, for agencies, and the system.
Mardoche and Karen decided to team up to initiate the change.
But they cannot do it alone!
We need you!
To build this community, to grow, and to contribute.
To create the space we need and make the difference we all so yearn for.