My Little People: A Social Worker's Journey

My Little People: A Social Worker's Journey

by Annie Clara Brown

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Overview

Annie Clara Brown is passionate about her work in hospice. It is gratifying to have embraced the social work profession in this manner! She cares deeply for her patients and caregivers, she has developed a healthy sense of humor working in an area that can be demanding both physically and emotionally.

Annie's strengths lie in the personal stories and her personal feelings, reactions, and experiences. Annie hopes to inspire caregivers and patients to choose hospice care when faced with terminal illness at the end of life. She further wants social workers and healthcare workers to know that hospice care can be one of the most challenging buy fulfilling areas to serve mankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502738646
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Annie Clara Brown is a licensed social worker who holds a Baccelerate of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Alabama.
Her concentration in graduate school was children, adolescences, and families. Prior experience in the social work field includes: internships at Talladega County Department of Human Resources in Adult Protective Services, and the Cheaha Mental Health Center.
Ms. Brown acquired training through the Alabama Department of Human Resources as a Family Preparation Specialist and training through the Alabama Department of Public Health as Case Manager for Diabetics and Asthmatic persons. She currently works as a hospice social worker with Lakeside Hospice in Pell City, Alabama. Ms. Brown is responsible for conducting psychosocial assessments, counseling patients and their families about end of life issues, helping patients and their families to access community resources, and conducting grief support groups as needed.
Ms. Brown also works in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs educating staff, community, and other veterans about the Vet to Vet Program. Other interests include working with veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Ms. Brown is a mother, grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She is also a licensed minister in the AOH Church of God, Inc. She serves as secretary in her local church and is a District Sunday School Superintendent. Ms. Brown is an avid reader. She is a published author of two other books, Christians with Pervasive Issues and Who I Be.

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My Little People: A Social Worker's Journey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
This novelette is a common sense guide to hospice. It describes what hospice is, how to prepare for it and what happens during the process. Annie includes some of the lessons she has learned in her tour of duty as a hospice social worker. She also shares some of her experiences with hospice patients. Annie's title My Little People provides insight into this compassionate and dedicated woman whose goal is to help people transition into the next life with grace and dignity. Let's face it, we all are going to die, reading this book may help with your experience of it.
amyshan More than 1 year ago
It gives the feel of being a helpful book, but it's also emotional and spiritual. The book takes the reader on a journey through the Hospice system, and where it provides a lot of helpful tips and information for those that have to go through the process and the caregivers or family and friends, it's almost spiritual. It gives the feel of being a helpful book, but it's also emotional and spiritual. It's not just about the dos and don'ts of what to do. "Always stay true to yourself" and "always be willing to listen" are not just helpful suggestions, but truthful and kind. The journey of the social worker relies on not being judgmental, being compassionate and clear headed. It is always important to know where you are leading others, and how to lead them with dignity. Highly recommended, especially to those who may be facing the same future. There are lessons in life that we can learn when facing death, or the death of a loved one.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charles Ashbacher for Readers' Favorite The job of a social worker dealing with people in hospice care has the potential to be depressing, for every person there generally only has months to live. Furthermore, most of the patients are experiencing severe pain and/or disabilities, so they can be difficult to work with and require significant care. Working with them also means that you have to be willing to accept their lapses of memory and difficult circumstances. While your bad day may mean getting stuck in traffic, their bad day could mean being unable to move or suffering from terrible pain.   In My Little People: A Social Worker's Journey by Annie Clara Brown, the author has clearly managed to maintain a positive outlook and a cheery disposition through her years as social worker involved in providing quality hospice care. She relates many happy stories involving the patients she dealt with, some of them upbeat to the very end. While some of the patients were angry, many times military veterans of conflict, a great deal of them decided to spend their last times laughing and joking, seemingly unwilling to take their imminent death seriously. At times, the points of the jokes are completely made up in the mind of a patient suffering from dementia, which appears to be an effective way to cope with such patients. I once knew a psychiatric nurse and she told me about her work with Alzheimer’s patients and how depressing it could be.   The title of this well structured work is derived from Ms. Brown’s interaction with a patient with dementia who lacked any real sense of elapsed time, always thinking that the time between visits was far longer than it was. One time when the patient asked Ms. Brown where she had been, she replied that she had been visiting her little people. The patient responded with “Your little people, your little people, you always have to go see your little people” - and that was her standard greeting from that point on. In many visits that was the only lucid thing the patient said. One thing comes through very clearly in reading Ms. Brown’s account - if you ever find yourself going into hospice care, you want her or her twin sister to be a part of the planning and organizing of your treatment.