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The Art of Facing an Impossible Task

A Social Worker Finds Inspiration in a Father-Daughter Memory

Hope Payson • 8/10/2017

By Hope Payson - When I was about 10 years old, I climbed into the cab of my father's truck to join him for an evening of snowplowing. I basked in the rare opportunity to be alone with a man I didn't know well. Decades later at work, I recall that snowplow ride. I'm sitting across from a human blizzard of a woman—someone barely two steps away from drugs that have buried her family alive.

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Plowing - The art of facing an impossible task

Hope Payson • 3/1/2007

A session with a homeless client recalls a long-ago lesson about accomplishing an impossible task.

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The Art of Facing an Impossible Task

A Social Worker Finds Inspiration in a Father-Daughter Memory

Hope Payson • 8/10/2017

By Hope Payson - When I was about 10 years old, I climbed into the cab of my father's truck to join him for an evening of snowplowing. I basked in the rare opportunity to be alone with a man I didn't know well. Decades later at work, I recall that snowplow ride. I'm sitting across from a human blizzard of a woman—someone barely two steps away from drugs that have buried her family alive.

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Family Matters

Plowing - The art of facing an impossible task

Hope Payson • 3/1/2007

A session with a homeless client recalls a long-ago lesson about accomplishing an impossible task.

Magazine Article
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Hope Payson, L.C.S.W., L.A.D.C., is a clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of trauma and addiction. She's the training coordinator of the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, an organization that assists nonprofit agencies in accessing EMDR training.