June, 2023

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What is case management in social work?

Save the Social Worker

It’s funny how I was never taught this in university. Sure, I learnt all about the theory, but I never formally learnt how to ‘manage a case’, until I was a social worker back in Singapore. That may be the case for you too. You’ve learnt: The psychology (and abnormal psychology) The socioeconomic theories, and why there is still poverty Sociology But then you come into Day 1 of your social work career, and you hear people saying, You just have to ‘case manage’ this.

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Principal Social Workers making positive changes

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: I am delighted to introduce Hannah’s blog this week as we look ahead to the national Children and Adults Principal Social Worker Conference in Birmingham. The PSWs are vital to improving social care services for children, adults and families, helping to create supportive environments in which best practice can thrive. I feel very proud to work with them to support, challenge and evolve our practice to be the very best it can be.

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Fatima Salman Discusses the Importance of Social Workers in Public Policy

Michigan Social Work

ENGAGE Program Manager and Lecturer Fatima Salman spoke about the role of social workers in creating policy that supports mental health on the podcast “Breaking Through” with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “Policy affects all of us,” said Salman. “We actually had the most amount of social workers running for office and winning ever in Michigan which is phenomenal because they approach policy through a mental health perspective.

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Five Steps to Planning your Social Work Program’s Self-Study: CSWE Accreditation

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s note: Melissa Freedman, MSW, is a social work educator and consultant specializing in leadership, supervision, administration, and quality management and assurance. In this blog post, she shares guidance for social work educators about how to start planning for the important task of reaffirmation and the initial process of accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.

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5 Must Haves for Case Management

Thousands of nonprofits rely on case management software to help collect data, manage programs, coordinate with agencies, and provide life-changing health and human services. Adopting a cloud-based case management platform is essential for nonprofits and government agencies to operate more efficiently and make better use of their funding and budget.

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Facilitate, Not Replace! How Case Management Software is Shaping Social Work

Famcare

Social work has a long history in the United States, having been formally established in the nineteenth century to assist immigrants in overcoming social and economic challenges. Two centuries later, social workers are one of the largest groups of public-sector employees. But as technology such as case management software has started to gain traction in the last few decades, social workers are concerned about their future.

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Employers given standards to improve ‘poor support’ for overseas social workers

Community Care

By Clare Jerrom Employers have been set standards to tackle the “poor support” received by the UK’s growing band of overseas social workers. In the wake of a 175.3% rise in the number of overseas applications to register in England from 2019-20 to 2021-22, the British Association of Social Workers’ Diaspora Social Work Special Interest Group has produced the standards to improve recruitment and induction.

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Even When So Young, They Know.

Gary Direnfeld

The three-year-old had trouble settling at night. There was also difficulty going to daycare or being away from their mother. They called it separation anxiety and tried to let the child cry it out. The child didn’t settle. In meeting with the mom I learned about the conflict between her and her partner. Often it was at night, after the child was put to bed.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IASSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Closing Date for Nominations extended – 31 st July 2023 The International Association of Schools of ‪Social Work‬ ( IASSW ) announces four vacancies on the IASSW Board of Directors for 2024-2028: There is one position open for President ( years of serving: 2024-202 8) , one position open for Secretary ( years of serving: 2024-202 8) , and two positions for Member at Large of the Board of Directors ( years of serving: 2024-2028).

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“Social Work Gives Us All Hope”, say UN Officials

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo: members of the IFSW UN Commission from left to right, Hamed Olamaee, Tobis Roosen, Shenae Osborn, Evelyn Tomaszewski, Michael Cronin, Klaus Kühne, Charles Mbugua, Anne Deepak, Sebastian Cordoba, Suresh […]

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

You may have the clinical skills to manage a private practice, but your success could actually hinge on marketing skills. For a thriving practice, you need to differentiate yourself from others and present yourself in a way that attracts referrals. These days, much of that happens online, including on social media. In this webinar, Gary Direnfeld will discuss how social media marketing can help you build your private practice and grow your client base.

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What Do You Do When You’re Suicidal?

Nnatasha Tracy

I've been unfortunate enough to need to know what to do when I'm suicidal. I know I'm not alone. I know there are many people out there thinking about the same thing. Because, let's face it, while there's lots of advice out there on what to do when you're "down" or anxious or hypo/manic , there's very little advice on what to do when you're suicidal.

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On the Concept of Slowing Down

My Brains Not Broken

Today’s post will be short but sweet. Many of my posts are written in advance or pre-scheduled, which I enjoy doing. But sometimes I want to share how I’m feeling in the moment, which requires some quick thinking and reflecting. So, in the midst of a very busy time in my life, I wanted to reflect on the importance of slowing down. There’s often a negative connotation to telling someone (or being told) to slow down.

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AMHP leads sound alarm over Met Police withdrawal from mental health-related incidents

Community Care

Approved mental health professional (AMHP) leads have sounded the alarm over the Metropolitan Police’s decision to withdraw from attending mental health-related incidents in London by the end of August. The AMHP Leads Network joined organisations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists and mental health charity Mind in warning that the policy risks leaving people in crisis without the support they need.

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Reconnecting….

Gary Direnfeld

You may have been distant, distracted when your kids were growing up. That may have carried through into adulthood. You may find yourself in different cities as a result, rarely speaking. Hell, you can be down the street too, and distant, barely talking. Do know, there is a likelihood your now adult kid still wants a connection, to feel cared for even this late in the game.

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Ministers seek volunteer social care army to speed up hospital discharges

The Guardian

Exclusive: Volunteers sought in England to take equipment and drugs to people’s homes among other tasks Health ministers are to recruit a new volunteer army for social care to ferry medical equipment and drugs to people’s homes in a bid to free up congested hospital wards. Volunteers will also be sent to, though not into, people’s homes to tackle loneliness and carry out shopping and other errands.

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Self-Care A-Z—The Black ? Blog: A Celebration of Juneteenth/Self-Care is Self-Love in the Black Community

The New Social Worker

Juneteenth is June 19th. I’ve been reflecting on how this important holiday highlights the crucial need for attention to self-care and self-love in the Black community.

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?NASW Member Voices: Supreme Courts Ends Affirmative Action. What are the Implications?

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 29 made a ruling on affirmative action that will have profound and long-term implications for the country. With a 6-3 majority decision, SCOTUS declared in Students for Fair Admissions inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College that race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

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Informed and Included: An Interview with NOWINCLUDED’s Tiffany Whitlow

My Brains Not Broken

Today’s post is an interview with Tiffany Whitlow, who is the co-founder of biotechnology research company Acclinate, and its associated community brand NOWINCLUDED – the online health community focused on empowering the Black community to make better-informed health decisions. In this interview, we talked about NOWINCLUDED, shrinking the stigma, and the importance of taking charge of your mental health.

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‘Short-notice’ children’s home closures show need for greater powers over market – sector heads

Community Care

The “short-notice” closure of 28 children’s homes by one of the country’s biggest care providers shows the need for greater powers for councils and Ofsted over the market to manage the impact on young people. That was the message from sector leaders after Outcomes First Group (OFG) closed almost half of its portfolio of 60 homes, reportedly giving commissioners a month in which to find new placements for the children affected.

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Celebrate Their Achievement – Whatever it may be!

Gary Direnfeld

Kids are entering into graduation ceremonies. Typically the one with the highest grades is given the honor of speaking to the graduating class. This person is showered with accolades for their academic achievements. Just know there will be far more kids who worked harder to yet achieve a much lower grade. A grade simply is not a true measure of effort and achievement based on capacity.

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BACB Supervision Requirements: What You Need to Know

Relias

Supervision is necessary to ensure that practitioners are correctly implementing services and are developing professionally. The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) requires supervision for those seeking to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA). The BACB also requires ongoing supervision for BCaBAs and for Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).

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Film Review: A Man Called Otto

The New Social Worker

The film opens six months after Otto’s cherished wife Sonya has died. In flashbacks, we learn how Sonya and Otto met, all they loved about each other, and the crisis they faced together. Marisol and other neighbors take an interest in him.

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IASSW definition on Clinical Social Work

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

IASSW definition on Clinical Social Work The IASSW have been asked to express the IASSW definition on Clinical Social Work. The IASSW President formed a task force to work on this important initiative. The task force presented their report and definition to IASSW Board Members in the recent Board meeting held in Porto, Portugal on June 18-19. The Board of Directors reviewed the definition of clinical social work and this is the result after much feedback, but of course as all definitions, it

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My Misperception of Self-Awareness

My Brains Not Broken

There are many new buzzwords in the world of mental health, and one of the ones I’ve thought a lot about is the idea of self-awareness. In the past few years, self-awareness is brought up more and more in regards to living a mentally healthy life. Though it seems like a simple concept, my journey with self-awareness has been anything but simple.

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Over 2,000 children per year could avoid care through family group conference rollout – research

Community Care

Over 2,000 children per year in England could avoid care through the rollout of family group conferences (FGC), research has found. Providing all families with an FGC before they enter care proceedings could also save over £150m a year, said evidence body Foundations, after releasing findings of a study it commissioned into the impact of conferences.

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Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Gary Direnfeld

If you have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, it doesn’t mean you don’t quite have a personality. It does mean though that you have some fragilities. Among those fragilities is often a fear of abandonment. Thinking someone is upset with you may trigger thoughts they will then leave you. That can feel overwhelming. With that you may inadvertently put up with the bad behavior of another just so that you won’t be left alone.

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Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

National Casa Gal

The 7-2 Supreme Court decision is an enormous victory for Native children, Native families, and Tribal Nations. Read More. The post Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Vaccination Barriers for People Experiencing Homelessness: How Social Workers are Making an Impact

Social Work Blog

Article by Connect to End COVID-19 Ambassador and NASW (DC-VA) Member, Lauren Morris, MSW, ACM, LCSW-S Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are trending down according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data. Still, only 17% of eligible people nationwide have received an updated booster dose. Trends noted from CDC data collected in 2021 showed the general population being fully vaccinated at 59.8% while only 25% of people experiencing homelessness (PEH) were vaccinated.

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Matt Hancock says he is ‘profoundly sorry’ for ‘huge error’ in UK’s pandemic planning – UK politics live

The Guardian

Former health secretary says he is ‘profoundly sorry’ for every death and says he knows an apology from him will be ‘hard to take’ The journalist Isabel Oakeshott thinks Matt Hanock is giving a “typically assured” performance. Oakeshott, of course, is the journalist who helped Hancock produce his Pandemic Diaries, his account of handling the Covid crisis, before she betrayed his trust by leaking his private WhatsApp messages to the Daily Telegraph.

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Going Down The List

My Brains Not Broken

Like many people, there are days when I feel off or don’t feel like myself. Sometimes I wake up feeling that way, and other times that feeling hits me at some random point during the day. Regardless, the moment that feeling hits is a familiar one. It’s almost as if there’s a missing piece to a puzzle, or as if I’ve forgotten an answer to a question I’ve known my whole life.

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Legislate to limit social workers’ caseloads, Senedd members tell Welsh Government

Community Care

Welsh councils must be legally required to set maximum manageable caseloads for their children’s social workers and to take all reasonable steps to maintain them. This should be backed by a “comprehensive workforce sufficiency plan”, potentially including national pay and conditions, to ensure authorities have enough practitioners to implement safe workloads.

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Meet a Voyager: Gregorio “Craig” Lewis

Beautiful Voyager

A few weeks ago, Gregorio “Craig” Lewis sent me an unusual email requesting to join the “Meet a Voyager” series. Instead of writing in words, Gregorio sent me a video telling me a little bit about himself and his journey. His genuine warmth and kindness radiated from the screen, and I knew I wanted to learn more about his past. So we did our Q&A in an unusual way: I sent him questions, and he sent me video responses.

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Celebrating inspiration and connections – and our network! – at the 2023 annual conference 

National Casa Gal

Read More. The post Celebrating inspiration and connections – and our network! – at the 2023 annual conference appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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