Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents How We Can Live Healthfully in a “Grind Culture”

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Clinical Book Discussion Program


How We Can Live Healthfully in a “Grind Culture”
Book Title: Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto
Author: Tricia Hersey
Date:   Saturday March 18, 2023
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm || 3 CEUS awarded for attending the entire meeting.
Location: Zoom

Book description: Tricia Hersey, a black woman who acknowledges her enslaved ancestors, describes how white supremacy and capitalism have created a “Grind Culture” that keeps us in a perpetual cycle of trauma.  Hersey argues that we need to resist this trauma by resting so that we can reconnect with our own power. “Rest,” she says, “is a beautiful interruption in a world without a pause button,”

Hersey is the founder and creator of The Nap Ministry, and “Rest Is Resistance” is her battle cry.  Rooted in spiritual energy and centered in Black liberation, womanism, somatics, and Afrofuturism, the book, Rest is Resistance is a guidebook, a map for a movement, and a field guide for the weary and hopeful. While not a recipe or how-to book, this book provides us with ways of redirecting and unleashing ourselves from invisible destructive influences. With captivating storytelling and practical advice, all delivered in Hersey’s lyrical voice and informed by her deep experience in theology, activism, and performance art, Rest Is Resistance is a call to action and manifesto for those who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of Grind Culture.

As clinical social workers, this powerful book will help us to identify how our culture and belief systems enslave us and are a detriment to our emotional and physical health. As we understand ourselves, we can better assist our clients in their emotional regulation.

 Clinical objectives:

  1. Identify at least 2 ways that your ideas of rest have been shaped by your social and cultural location and how they impact your clinical work.
  2. Define Grind Culture and how it keeps clients (and therapists) from listening to their personal needs.
  3. Explore 3 ways in which the use of your ‘no’ function contributes to supporting rest and how it can assist in identifying and meeting physical and emotional needs.
  4. Describe 2 examples of how resistance in the context of this book can be a healthy function.


Linda Barth, LCSW has worked in the field of social work for almost 50 years. First in foster care as a child therapist and in a child development project. Then in private practice with children, adults and families. She uses many tools in her practice: Gestalt therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, IFS to name a few. In the past, she has used sand tray and play therapy. She continues to grow and evolve and finds fulfillment in providing a safe space for her clients to do the same.

Attendees are required to have read the book.

This event is open to PSCSW members only; participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours’ notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • March 18, 2023
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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