April, 2023

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45 Motivating Social Work Quotes You Need After a Bad Day

Social Work Haven

Social work quotes or quotes about social workers provide a source of inspiration and motivation. Motivational quotes for social workers highlight the need for social workers to believe in themselves, help one person at a time and pursue their own goals and aspirations. Although challenging, social work is one of the most rewarding careers presenting an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals.

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Chat GPT – Primer for Social Work

Social Work Futures

In the past few weeks, I’ve (like many of you) been both experimenting with and being asked to comment about Chat GPT. Tomorrow I’m giving a presentation/brief workshop session – so thought I’d just share my resources for that here as well. This is an incredibly important space for us to continue exploring and thinking about.

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What Is Veterinary Social Work? Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Social Workers

The New Social Worker

Most individuals in distress do not first interact with a social worker. Instead, they go to places incorporated into their daily routines. Adding a social work presence to veterinary spaces can provide needed screening, education, and intervention.

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Child Abuse Prevention: What Can I Do?

KVC

National Child Abuse Prevention Month brings a heightened awareness of child abuse during April, but children need our advocacy year-round. KVC Health Systems focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect through our dedicated work to strengthen families. Together, we can multiply our impact to promote the physical, social, mental and emotional well-being of our children.

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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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Future proofing care

Social Care

"We knew care staff were facing unprecedented challenges and we wanted to make sure. residents could stay in contact with friends and family while visiting was restricted." [Image created by freepik.com ] Innovation spurred by huge challenges Three years ago, at the start of the pandemic, we began an ambitious project to send thousands of iPads out to care homes.

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‘You can’t reform a children’s social care system based on quicksand’

Community Care

John Pearce’s year as Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) promises to be an eventful one. The Durham director formally assumed the role today at a presidential reception alongside his fellow children’s services leaders. Clapping him in was outgoing president Steve Crocker, who is also retiring from his post as DCS at Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

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New Social Work Jobs of the Future!! (April 2023 Edition!)

Social Work Futures

It’s once again time to add some imagined social work jobs of the future to the mix! This is a game I developed and started playing a few years ago with periodic new additions! My dream is that increasing numbers of fellow social workers join me in boosting our imaginations! Please note that these ideas are not intended to be endorsements – some of these jobs might appeal to us or worry us.

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If You Don’t Want Your Kids to Grow up and Be a Narcissist

Gary Direnfeld

Persons who separate from someone they consider a narcissist often worry that their kids could be similarly influenced. Talking to your child about the characteristics of that parent isn’t the answer. Rather, let your kids see you engage in volunteer activity that serves others. Where possible have your kids join you or at least hear you speak of the pleasure you get through service to others.

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Losing Track of Where I Am

My Brains Not Broken

There are many ways my life has changed in the past few years. Many of those things are in my day-to-day life, but I also feel like the world is changing around me. From the way we work to the way we interact with the world, these changes mean that my life looks different. One of these ways is the ever-growing presence of multi-tasking in my day-to-day life.

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How to have a great social service career in Singapore

Save the Social Worker

Kudos to you. You want to do good and have a social service career in Singapore. Well, it’s not going to be that easy. Don’t wilt in your social service career. Let me qualify that. It’s easy to get a foot in If you have the qualifications, such as a social work degree, or a psychology degree, getting a role in the frontlines of social service is not difficult.

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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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DfE should set expectation of face-to-face practice for children’s social workers, say directors

Community Care

The government should set an expectation that frontline children’s social workers carry out face-to-face practice, in the light of concerns about the rise of remote working. That was the message from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services in its response to a Department for Education (DfE) consultation on setting rules for the use of agency staff in local authority child and family social work.

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Social care funding promises slashed

Martin Webber

Investment is needed to resolve recruitment and retention crisis in social care and social work, not more cuts.

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Emerging Words for the Future (Spring 2023 Edition)

Social Work Futures

Over the last couple of years and through my own foresight journey (as a social worker and a human)…I’ve found emerging language regarding the future to be really interesting, illuminating, sometimes troubling, and valuable. Sometimes there are words that are more “pop culture” words that emerge from the mainstream (they are a little like popcorn…not much substance).

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Forget Winning with a Narcissist. Think Neutralizing

Gary Direnfeld

You must understand, the narcissist isn’t really out to win. They are out to annihilate you. If you give in thinking it will create peace, think again. If working with a narcissist, and you have survived with what you gave up on, they will come back for more. To manage with a narcissist, it really requires a paradigm shift, a change in one’s own thinking.

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Five Ways to Deal With Mental Filters

My Brains Not Broken

In Tuesday’s breakdown of mental health terms, I wrote about mental filters, what they look like and how they appear in our lives. Mental filters can go my many names, but what’s important to know is that they can impact the way we view the world. When mental filters go unchallenged for too long, they can change the way we think, the way we perceive what’s going on around us.

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Learning-disabled and autistic people are being neglected and tortured. How much longer? | John Harris

The Guardian

Across the UK, revelations of institutional abuse keep mounting up, yet people are still being denied basic respect Imagine a chain of scandals focused on a huge number of very vulnerable and fragile people. Picture a horrific mixture of mistreatment and neglect that is institutional, subjecting hundreds of people to completely the wrong “care”, and ensuring that many of them are effectively locked up, often for years.

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More children in care placed far from home, increasing risk of lower wellbeing, finds research

Community Care

More and more looked-after children are being placed far from home, with increased risk of lower wellbeing, according to research issued today. Children in care and care leavers charity Become published the findings today as it launched a campaign, #GoneTooFar, to end inappropriate placements far from home in England. Children who had experienced multiple placements were more likely to be moved while more children from England are being placed in Scotland and Wales, according to data Become obta

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Hawaii family police agency sinks to misrepresentation and blackmail - and that’s just how they treat the State Legislature!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The Hawaii State Capitol As regular readers of this blog know, many states are swiping money from foster children to reimburse themselves for giving those youth the “privilege” of living in foster care. It happens to foster youth who are entitled to Social Security Disability or Survivor benefits. It might be legal – though even that is a gray area.

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Reflections on a shattering year for Black people in Buffalo, New York

inSocialWork

Phylicia Brown & Kathryn Franco An avowed white supremacist researched Buffalo’s East Side and the Tops supermarket located there and on May 14, 2022, drove 200 miles to kill Black people. Ten community residents were murdered and many others injured and traumatized in the supermarket that also serves as a community hub for the overwhelmingly Black community there.

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When Your Child’s Other Parent is a Narcissist

Gary Direnfeld

“I have these three friends at work,” she said to her son. “Two no longer get along and the third is stuck in the middle between them.” “She wants to be friends with both because she has to work with them both. One is good with it. The other is angry and says she shouldn’t be friends with the other one. That one also says mean things about the other.” “She feels so stuck.

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Breaking Down Mental Health Terms: What Are Mental Filters?

My Brains Not Broken

Over the years, I’ve learned a number of words, phrases and definitions that have helped me understand my own mental health. Some of these are connected to mental illness or medicine, while others are connected to mental wellness. In this recurring series, I break down some of the mental health terms I’ve learned over the years. Today, I’ll be breaking down mental filters : what they are, what they look like, and what we can do about it.

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7 Steps To Prevent Pressure Sores

Relias

Older people are at risk for a variety of health problems, ranging from physical health deterioration to cognitive decline. While the risk factors for these conditions differ, nearly all older people are at risk for pressure injuries. Also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, these wounds are more likely when pressure builds on a specific area of the body over time.

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Making a success of DoLS in the wake of the Liberty Protection Safeguards delay

Community Care

By Lorraine Currie The timeline provided by Community Care , from the 2014 Cheshire West judgment to the government’s postponement of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) , is incredibly helpful in reminding us of events we would otherwise forget. What I would add to that timeline is that the original impact assessment for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) estimated that we would be dealing with around 7-8,000 referrals a year by this point in time and, at its height, the DoL

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Meet the National Volunteer Council co-chairs

National Casa Gal

“As an advocate, it is empowering to have my voice heard, to bring challenges we may see at our local level and to not only be heard and respected but to see change happening,” Po says. Read More. The post Meet the National Volunteer Council co-chairs appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Look who’s embraced US “best practice” in “child welfare”!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Yes, it’s this guy: It’s tough being part of America’s “child welfare” establishment these days. Americans are catching on to the harm done by a massive child welfare surveillance state that falsely equates child removal with child safety, and investigates the homes of more than half of all Black children. They’re noticing the massive confusion of poverty with neglect – and not buying the excuses for it.

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See the Good in Your Current Relationship

Gary Direnfeld

Some folks don’t recognize the good relationship they are in. They risk losing it. Either the trauma of past relationships undermine trust now or the intrusions from one own family interferes. If the former, an abusive prior relationship can have one walking on eggshells, waiting for the shoe to drop. There is a lack of trust that interferes with ever getting close.

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Balancing Accomplishments with Wellness

My Brains Not Broken

Earlier this week, I investigated why people (myself included) downplay their accomplishments. There was a lot I learned from writing the post, but the most important thing was this: people don’t do things for no reason. There is something behind the way we are, even if we can’t see it or understand it. I don’t always know why I do the things I do, but that’s okay.

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?NASW Member Voices: Social Work and Self-Care — A Review Through an Updated Lens

Social Work Blog

By Violeta Donawa, LMSW, MA Dr. Kathleen Cox and Dr. Sue Steiner bring the concept of ‘self-care’ out of the shadows and demystifies its significance in the lives of social work practitioners and leaders. The authors’ undergraduate and graduate students inspired them to more fully flesh out the tenets of self-care as a means to prepare them for the field.

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Scottish services losing experienced social workers, leaving newly qualified staff without support, warns SASW

Community Care

Scottish services are losing experienced social workers, leaving newly qualified practitioners without support and putting the quality of services at risk. That was the warning from the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW), in response to comments made last month that experienced staff were not applying for social work vacancies in the country.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IASSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IASSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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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Beyond bulletproof backpacks: Addressing the school shootings

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Sacrifice spanking, not your children Bulletproof backpacks. For children. Bulletproof. Backpacks. That’s an actual product you can purchase. I know this to be true because after the most recent school shooting… Wait. Read that again. “The most recent school shooting.” School shootings happen so frequently in our country that we’ve come to refer to them as “the most recent.

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Managing Your Own Parents’ Access to the Grandkids

Gary Direnfeld

If your parents have been abusive to you, you still may think you have to let them see your kids, even if concerned. So much as to whether you should or not depends on your parents’ behavior. If they continue to be abusive to you in any way, including being dismissive of your parenting requests or if they are putting you down to your kids, then if they see them, it should be supervised.

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Why Do We Downplay Our Accomplishments?

My Brains Not Broken

Last year, I wrote a series of posts about challenging my instincts toward minimize the good things I do in life. Back in 2021, I wrote a few posts about challenging my instincts. I’m interested in instincts because for a long time, I overestimated their power. I thought instincts were something that could never change. I thought they were something we’d have to live with, and I would have to learn how to fight them.

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending April 11, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● “Which would be worse,” asks Jasmine Wali, director of policy & advocacy at JMAC for Families, in this story for The Nation : “being beaten by your partner, or having social services take away your children? That’s the choice facing many parents I’ve worked with as a social worker, and the answer is always the same. ‘I’d rather take the beating than catch a CPS case,’ as one said to me.

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‘Outdated’ law on social care for disabled children will be reviewed

Community Care

The ‘outdated’ legal framework on social care for disabled children in England will be reviewed with a view to making it fairer and more effective. The Department for Education has asked the Law Commission for England and Wales to review the “patchwork of legislation” for the group , dating back to 1970. The review was a commitment in the DfE’s draft children’s social care implementation strategy, published in February, in response to the Independent Review of