August, 2022

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Half of foster carers considering quitting due to cost of living crisis, finds survey

Community Care

Over half (54%) of foster carers are considering resigning because of the cost of living crisis, a survey of over 1,000 has found.

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Tips for the new Social Work Adjunct Instructor

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

In my role as the Director of our undergraduate social work program this summer, I have been onboarding several new adjunct instructors to our Department.

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How the Right Social Services Software Can Improve the Adoption Process

Famcare

With over 400,000 children in foster care and over 100,000 adoptable children in the United States, we are passionate about improving the adoption process with the right social services software.

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A social worker who left wonders if you should be a social worker

Save the Social Worker

Two years of doing social work. Two years after working full-time as a social worker, it ended. It wasn’t an active decision on my part. It just happened. My contract expired after two years. It was as simple as that. There was no ‘Big Bang!’ Celebrating the end of my time as a social worker.

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

In this webinar with business development consultant Gary Direnfeld, we will explore the different methods of marketing your private social work practice and boosting your online presence. Gary will provide valuable insight on choosing and using social media to attract viable referrals.

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Forging the next generation of social care nursing leaders

Social Care

Around a fifth of the adult social care workforce are from a black or minority ethnic background. This increases to 40% of nurses. Sadly, this diversity is not reflected at senior management and leadership level. A new leadership programme aims to change that. Image copyright Lauren Hurley/DHSC].

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Neurodivergent social workers ‘exhausted’ from lack of understanding at work

Community Care

A lack of awareness and support systems in the social work sector has cultivated a climate of apprehension and exhaustion for social workers with neurodiverse conditions such as autism , ADHD and dyslexia.

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Poverty Shouldn’t Be a Child Protection Issue

Gary Direnfeld

It was 1985. I had recently graduated with my Masters in Social Work. I was working for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society in downtown Toronto. The case involved a young boy. If I recall correctly, maybe about twelve-years-of-age. The issue was school truancy.

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World Indigenous Peoples Day message

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo by the UN The IFSW Message on World Indigenous Peoples Day Today on World Indigenous Peoples Day, IFSW acknowledges the indigenous social workers that have for decades worked patiently to steer the profession towards understanding, respecting and celebrating diverse cultures.

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Roundtable: Asian Perspective for Social Work Education

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Roundtable: Asian Perspective for Social Work Education. . Date: 9 September 2022 (Friday). Time : 3:00-6:00 pm (HKT, GMT+8). Organizer: China and Global Development Network, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Location: Online via Zoom.

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How Alcohol Affects Your Liver

Gateway Foundation

Alcohol has significant short-term and long-term effects on the body’s organs, including the liver. The liver serves critical purposes, and one of its main roles is to help break down substances and eliminate toxins from the body.

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Why Do I Always Need to ‘Keep Going’?

My Brains Not Broken

There are many ways to combat mental health challenges, and one of them that I’ve been reflecting on recently is motivation. Using motivational techniques has been very helpful when it comes to my mental health. I’ll watch videos, listen to speeches, or find quotes that give me a boost.

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Cost of living crisis ‘severely’ hitting people accessing children’s and adults’ services, social workers warn

Community Care

The cost of living crisis is ‘severely’ affecting people accessing children’s and adults’ services, fuelling a host of issues including poverty, debt, mental ill-health and domestic conflict, social workers have warned.

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Hey, Tough Guy.

Gary Direnfeld

Toxic masculinity doesn’t begin in adulthood. It begins in infancy with the expectation that boys must tough it out, suck it up, not cry and never need soothing. Indeed, that toxic masculinity for some is beat into them verbally, some physically.

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California Invests in the Future of Young People

Beyond Advocacy

As economic inequality grows unabated in the United States, policymakers are reaching for solutions to ensure the future of children born into low-income households. This is a quest that Brown School professor Michael Sherraden has been at for decades with notable success in the US and abroad.

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Global Dimensions in Social Work Education

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Global Dimensions in Social Work Education – Call for Proposal for SW Education Conference. Call for Proposals closes October 1, 2022.

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The Book is Coming This Fall!

Karen Zgoda

Read all about it! Here is the press release from my amazing employer, Villa Maria College : Book Cover. Karen Zgoda, LMSW, Director of the Care Center, has authored a new book.

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Finding More Ways to Reset and Recharge

My Brains Not Broken

Recently, I noticed a lot of my posts this summer have focused on resting and recharging. This got me thinking about how this happened. I know people tend to focus on relaxing in the summer, which makes perfect sense. But all year, I’ve had a fixated interest in the concept of rest.

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Welsh Government consulting on eliminating profit-making provision for children in care

Community Care

The Welsh Government has opened a consultation on plans to eliminate profit-making residential and fostering provision for children in care.

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Before Sending Your Kid to Counseling….

Gary Direnfeld

While I am pleased so many parents value counseling and want it for their kids, do know that it is not always helpful and indeed, can be harmful. Many kids interpret counseling as them having done something bad for which they must now talk to someone. That creates a scary endeavor.

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A Social Worker’s Guide to Decolonizing the Field of Social Work

inSocialWork

Autumn Asher BlackDeer.

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The IASSW Task Force on the Global Standards (2020)

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The IASSW Task Force on the Global Standards (2020). The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), in collaboration with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), has launched its latest iteration of the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training.

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How I Plan and Determine Class Lessons for the Year

Kylie the Creative Social Worker

It took me a long time to plan and determine class lessons for the year. And, they will probably change again! I always try to keep some of the topics the same, but for others,… Uncategorized class lessons SEL social skills

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Metaphors for Mental Health: Lifting Weights

My Brains Not Broken

A couple of weeks ago, I started doing some weight training exercises for the first time in at least a few years. Lifting weights is something I’ve done on and off for years, but I’d fallen away from it for some time.

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DoLS caseloads hit record levels

Community Care

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads hit record levels in 2021-22 , official figures show. Councils in England received 270,650 applications to deprive a person of liberty from care homes and hospitals, up 5.5% on the 2020-21.

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Assessing Alcohol Issues: Context Matters

Gary Direnfeld

She only had one drink a day. It happened to be when the kids were arriving home from school. There were three kids, all girls. The eldest, nine, came in first. She was excited about the grade and comments on a project and wanted to show her mom.

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The Community Social Work Centre in Ukraine moves Forward

International Federation of Social Workers

The partnership between the Kamianets-Podilskyi district in Ukraine and IFSW is moving forward. In the last week, a coordinator and support staff have been appointed, and two social workers have been contracted for the centre.

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CALL FOR PAPERS/CONTRIBUTIONS: SOCIAL DIALOGUE (ISSUE 27)

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

CALL FOR PAPERS: SOCIAL DIALOGUE (ISSUE 27). TITLE OF THIS EDITION: Armed conflicts and disasters: Voices from the ‘unheard’. . We live in a world where the many atrocities and disasters impact the everyday lives of millions across the globe.

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Back to School

Parenthood Understood

Whether you are thrilled or a little wistful, the end of summer vacation is upon us. Transitioning from summer’s more relaxed schedules and expectations isn’t easy—for us or them.

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Receiving Permission to Feel Tired

My Brains Not Broken

I was reflecting on my most recent therapy session when I realized that there was a recurring phrase I was using over and over again. No matter what the topic was or how I felt about it, everything came back to me saying “I’m tired.”

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Social care waiting lists up 37% in 6 months, finds ADASS

Community Care

Social care waiting lists have grown by 37% in less than six months, directors have reported.

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My Life’s Crooked Path

Gary Direnfeld

I smoked a lot of dope in high school. I dropped out without completing my grade thirteen. I went from part time to full time at Calderone shoes. A girl I was dating at the time convinced me to return to school. I went to Seneca for audio-visual techniques.

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On Ukranie National Day: Honouring The Women Behind the Frontlines

International Federation of Social Workers

Note from the IFSW news editor: The following article and call for support has been written by Ana Radulescu, the IFSW European President and global Vice President. Ana has been the key facilitator of the Social Work Response in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.

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Delivering the promise of integrated health and care

Social Work With Adults

"The challenge of integrating health and social care cannot be fixed simply by addressing one part of the jigsaw." Image created by freepik.com ]. Digital determination.