February, 2024

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The social worker advocating for people with learning disabilities

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. When speaking to Elaine James, her passion for upholding the rights of people with learning disabilities is almost infectious. This is also evident in her accomplishments as the head of service for learning disabilities and preparation for adulthood at Bradford council.

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Oh Those Education Workers….

Gary Direnfeld

Remember those education workers who at the beginning of the pandemic, switched their approaches on a dime to as best as possible accommodate their students? These are the same ones who managed their own kids at home while doing their best to accommodate yours while on-line and in some cases, still in-person. Now these are the same people doing their best to catch those same students up academically and even socially.

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Why I Work On My Mental Health

My Brains Not Broken

I’m not sure how many other people do this, but I get hyper-fixated on what I do in my day-to-day life. I constantly analyze my habits, hobbies, and what I choose to do (or not do) during my day. Whether it’s for work or fun, I’m in a near-constant state of thought, lost in my head about my choices. But in all this thinking, I forget that I don’t always have control over what impacts my mental health, which is what I’d like to talk about today.

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Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Lived Experience, impact and coping amongst children of parents who use substances

The Social Care Elf

Introduction This paper, from Muir and colleagues (2023), details a systematic review exploring the lived experiences of children and young people whose parents use substances. We know from a wide range of research and policy, that parental drug and alcohol use has wide ranging impacts on young people throughout their lives, and this study, which includes the [read the full story.

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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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“They’re not your children anymore.” Notes on news coverage of a landmark lawsuit

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Yesterday’s post was, in effect, a guest blog. The Complaint filed by the Family Justice Law Center , the New York University School of Law Family Defense Clinic and two private law firms – especially the introductory section – reads like great journalism. So I reprinted that part, in full. Given its pitch-perfect portrayal of how the New York City Administration for Children’s Services treats children and families, it’s no wonder it generated at least nine ten news stories, including: The New Y

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JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on SocialWelfare in Asia and the Pacific Rim 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The Japan College of Social Work and the University of New South Wales is co-hosting a joint workshop on field education. It is also supported by JASWE. It is a hybrid event (at JCSW, UNSW and online) and completely free with simultaneous interpretation. Date is March 2, 2014 and time is 11:00 AM 3:00 PM(SYD) / 09:00 AM-1:00 PM(TYO) For registration, Please apply by February 29.☞ [link] For more details click here : JCSW/UNSW International Seminar The post JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on Soci

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Social Drinker?

Gary Direnfeld

On a daily or weekly basis, how many alcoholic beverages do you consume? “I’m only a social drinker.” OK, then on a weekly basis, how often do you socialize? “Maybe three to five times a week.” OK, and when you socialize, how many beverages will you consume? “Maybe three or four.” OK, and what is your beverage of choice?

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Reflecting on the Seven Types of Rest

My Brains Not Broken

After writing my most recent post about misunderstanding the meaning rest , the idea continued to sit in my mind. As I wrote in that post, it’s clear that many of us know we’re not getting enough rest. Even the people who are getting enough rest feel like they aren’t. And in the way the world has changed in recent decades, there are more reasons than ever for exhaustion.

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: What Happens The Day Someone Is Sectioned For Anorexia?

MQ Mental Health

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, MQ’s copywriter Juliette Burton who also works as a writer, comedian, and mental health activist, shares her experience of what happened the day she was sectioned under the mental health act for anorexia. When I was 17 it was decided I was “insane”. So, I spent my 18 th birthday sectioned under the mental health act in hospital.

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Officials in two states that routinely destroy Native American families make their position clear: We don’t care, we don’t have to.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

South Dakota tears apart families at a rate well above the national average. Native American children are 13% of the child population and 74% of the foster child population. But hey, a slogan is a slogan, right? There were two important news stories last week from states that destroy astounding numbers of Native American families every year. The stories make one thing clear: State officials and many state lawmakers don’t give a damn about it. ● Montana continually vies with West Virginia for the

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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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Moving Social Work: it means what it says!

Social Work With Adults

"Moving Social Work focuses on increasing physical activity [opportunities for disabled people] and the benefits this generates for mind and body." [Image created by freepik.com ] Equality of opportunity Modern social work is many things, but one of its central tenets involves the belief that everyone should have access to the same opportunities to live full, active, healthy lives, regardless of circumstance and background.

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Councils to be able to exceed agency social work price caps under planned locum rules

Community Care

Councils would be able to exceed regionally agreed agency social work price caps under proposed statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education. Leaders would be able to sign off on breaches of the caps, but all such cases must then be reported to regional partnerships and the DfE, said the draft guidance. The flexibility comes despite Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) concerns that breaches would risk undermining national rules on councils engaging child and

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The Narcissistic Ex

Gary Direnfeld

Some things are just difficult to appreciate without the experience. One of those things is life with a narcissistic ex. It’s hard to believe a former partner and coparent would so deliberately poison their kids against the other parent. It’s beyond comprehensible to think that in doing so, they would let their own kids be psychologically and emotionally destroyed by their own actions.

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Diana Lee Guida Brown

Social Work Blog

October 4, 1935 – January 19, 2024 Diana Lee Guida Brown Throughout a career in social work at New York area hospitals, Diana Guida Brown gave passionate voice to the needs and dignity of hospital patients when she perceived them as being overlooked, sometimes going to the state house in Albany to fight for new legislation, or advocating for policy changes locally such as for the first AIDS patients in the early 1980s.

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What are the latest developments in research into depression?

MQ Mental Health

In this webinar, presented by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and hosted by MQ’s own Director of Research Partnerships and Development Emily Wheeler, we heard from some experts into what the latest developments have been in the area of depression research. Michael Browning , Professor of Computational Psychiatry at Oxford University talked about his research into the mechanisms and treatment for depression, and his work running a clinic for people with depression that

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“ACS MADE IT CLEAR—EITHER I LET THEM SEARCH MY HOME OR THEY WERE TAKING MY KIDS.”

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The New York City Administration for Children's Services Uses Highly Coercive Tactics to Illegally Search Tens of Thousands of Families’ Homes Every Year. I didn’t write the headline and subhead above. Rather they are the headline and subhead that begin a lawsuit against New York City’s family police agency, the Administration for Children’s Services.

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Conversations on Social Work Careers: Interview With Dr. Jonathan Singer

The New Social Worker

In this episode of Conversations on Social Work Careers, Your Social Work Career Coach Jennifer Luna interviews Dr. Jonathan Singer. Jonathan is the founder of The Social Work Podcast and was inducted as an NASW Social Work Pioneer® in 2023.

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Children’s practitioners face duty to report sexual abuse

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Staff and volunteers working with children will face a duty to report child sexual abuse they are aware of, the government announced yesterday. Those who fail to fulfil the mandatory reporting duty face being referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and potentially banned from working with children.

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Parenting Approaches and Influences

Gary Direnfeld

As much as parents believe they are using the best approach for their kids, most are using an approach either best suited to their own personality, or something consistent with their own growing up experiences or something chosen to be in effect, the opposite of their growing up experience. To use what is truly “best”, one must have considerable self-awareness, an ability to differentiate their needs from those of the child, a good understanding of child development and a range of st

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How Improv theater is like therapy | NASW Member Voices

Social Work Blog

By Marisa Markowtiz, LMSW, CASAC-T The National Institute of Mental Health defines specific phobia as an intense, irrational fear that poses little or no actual danger. Approximately seven to nine percent of the United States population experience specific phobias. Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, affects up to 75 percent of the population.

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Dancing for fun and inclusivity

Social Care

DanceSyndrome is an award winning dance charity based in Lancashire with a special focus on including everyone, with or without disabilities. They provide dance workshops, leadership training and consultancy. Their performance artists attend special events and exclusive performances, emphasising what people with learning disabilities can really do. Julie Nicholson, Managing Director of DanceSyndrome, is proud to share the story of its origins through the inspiration of its founder, Jen Blackwell

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Residential treatment: Can the scent of Pine Sol cover up the stench of abuse?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Rhode Island State Rep. Patricia Serpa says she can tell things are soooo much better at a residential treatment center because "I could smell the Pine-Sol" Ever wonder why “residential treatment centers” almost always look so good? It’s amazing how much these places, which always claim to need even more money, lavish on making sure the grounds are gorgeous the “cottages” are nicely painted and the lawns are mowed.

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Labour ditches radical reforms as it prepares ‘bombproof’ election manifesto

The Guardian

Plans to reform social care and House of Lords are trimmed as Keir Starmer’s party opts for caution ahead of vote Labour is planning only limited first-term reforms of social care and the House of Lords and a smaller green investment plan as part of a stripped-down general election manifesto, as it seeks to make its policies “bombproof” to Tory attacks.

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Ethnic disparities in care proceedings: what the data says

Community Care

By Beverley Barnett-Jones Addressing ethnic inequalities in children’s social care requires an understanding of the disparities that families face, as well as the factors that shape them. The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory recently added to the evidence base by publishing a briefing paper on the ethnicity of children in care and supervision proceedings in England.

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Mental Illness: It’s Exhausting

Gary Direnfeld

It can be difficult to appreciate the impact of mental illness on one’s capacity to meet the daily demands of life and on the capacity to manage stress. Hence when expectations aren’t met or mood disrupts attitude, blame can quickly set in. Having a mental health diagnosis is like carrying additional weights on one’s back. Depending on the diagnosis and severity, that weight can be significant.

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Turkish Social Workers Association Addresses Ongoing Psychosocial Challenges One Year After Earthquakes: Join Them in the Continuing Effort!

International Federation of Social Workers

February 6, 2023- February 6, 2024 The earthquake on February 6, 2023, marked the deadliest seismic event in Turkey since the 2010 Haiti earthquake. With magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.

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Celebrating support workers

Social Care

Support workers are the backbone of health and social care organisations, providing year-round care for service users, patients and residents. Leanne Flint joined Cygnet Healthcare as a support worker in 2008. Here, she writes about the training and personal development which has helped her progress. Leanne takes a positive approach to life's challenges.

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Social Work Month 2024: Thank You and a Social Work Month Empowerment Calendar

The New Social Worker

Empowering Social Workers. Please spend Social Work Month with us at The New Social Worker. THANK you for all you do. Follow us all month (March 2024) to celebrate the social work profession and the ways we empower and are empowered.

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10 Mental Health Blogs We Enjoy Reading

Blurt It Out

One thing we love about the Internet is that it opens the door for conversation about mental health. Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, increase awareness and understanding, and provide comfort and support. And that’s a very good thing. 10 Mental Health Blogs We Like Across the world, people use blogs as a platform to share experiences, increase awareness and understanding, and provide comfort and support.

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Pre-court social worker-guardian meetings have potential to improve care proceedings, finds study

Community Care

Pre-court meetings between children’s social workers and Cafcass guardians have the potential to improve the care proceedings process, a pilot study has concluded. However, a longer, forthcoming pilot will be needed to assess whether the meetings can curb current case backlogs. According to Cafcass, the average length of time it worked with families in these cases from July to September 2023 was 44 weeks , well above the 26-week target for the duration of proceedings.

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Exploring Living Loss: How to Provide Support for Patients and Families

CAPC

A social worker explains ‘living loss’ and provides five ways for clinicians to help patients, and their families, acknowledge and move through their grief.

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How to Join the Slack Channel for Overthinkers

Beautiful Voyager

Meet real humans. Not friendly bots. Have you heard of the group chat platform called Slack ? If yes, read on for how to join the Beautiful Voyager Slack community. If not, here’s a short video that introduces the concept: Increasingly, Slack has becoming a way for special interest groups to gather, meet, and “talk” (virtually) about whatever’s on their mind.

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Dear lonely & helpless: Personal & professional reflections as a minority woman

Reimagining Social Work

A guest post by Ai Sumihira I wrote this because I wanted to see more positive stories of minority women in our community. I do not intend to support or critique any particular political party through my writing. I watched the former justice minister Kiri Allan’s interview the morning I began writing this.

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2024: My Voice Matters

MQ Mental Health

The theme for Children’s Mental Health Week (5 to 11 February 2024) this year, the campaign’s 10 th year, is ‘My Voice Matters’. Childhood doesn’t usually involve much autonomy. Adults make most of the decisions about a child’s life from where they live, what they eat and when, where they go to school, what clothes they have and much more. From a child’s perspective, they might not feel heard.

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5 Ways to Make More Money As a Social Worker

Social Work Blog

By Tashara Robinson, LICSW Travel Social Worker I’ve been a social worker for the past 8 years, and let me tell you, it’s been a wild ride. I’ve navigated through various social work roles such as working within an Employee Assistance Program, to working with foster children and families within CPS. Now, I am a travel medical social worker.