“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.”
Brene Brown


Welcome to the ESW.

As social workers, supporting people is what we are all about. I’m Karen, and like you, I have always been a helper, a listener and ‘good at people’. As social workers, we all have unique needs around self-care and self-compassion. We may be very used to providing care to others, but the struggle is real when it comes to feelings of guilt and inadequacy when we turn that care inwards – and that’s what drives The Empowered Social Worker.

This is your community.

Welcome to the ESW community. After two decades as a social worker, I know how essential it is to support ourselves and each other. Our professional world is a unique and difficult navigation of systems and structures that can impede and hinder our best work. Please join us to access resources, training, mentoring and support to help you to be the best clinician for your clients and to maintain the energy and enthusiasm you need for thriving in your personal life.

You’re an amazing, dedicated and professional social worker.
I’m here to empower you to be even greater at YOU and to help you live your best work life.

Karen Barrett - The Empowered Social Worker

I live, learn and work on the Traditional Land of the Awabakal people. I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be Aboriginal Land