June, 2024

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Social workers honoured in King’s birthday list

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A clutch of social workers have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list, announced this week. The recipients included a past and present principal social worker (PSW), the co-founder of the secure base model of therapeutic caregiving and a retired practitioner who used to support Holocaust survivors.

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5 Best books on making case management less painful

Save the Social Worker

Being a case manager , is hard. We get it. You’re swamped, always. Wake up, check your phone, and you immediately see dozens of messages asking for your attention. Your boss is asking you for a meeting to discuss another work project about the staff retreat. You see your client messaging you over Whatsapp Business, trying to get your attention. Then there are the emails that have already started streaming in.

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Loneliness Associated With Physical Health Issues

MQ Mental Health

New research suggests that daily instances of loneliness may be harmful to our physical health. A study by Penn State researchers highlights the harmful effects of loneliness on daily health. Published in Health Psychology, it underscores how even temporary feelings of loneliness can lead to symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and nausea, supporting the U.S.

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Medication for Depression or Anxiety

Gary Direnfeld

If you have been prescribed medication for depression or anxiety, it is important to know it can take a good four to six weeks before you truly feel the benefit. Unlike a Tylenol for a headache which usually reaches therapeutic level in about 20 minutes, medications for depression and anxiety literally takes weeks. If there are side affects, the most common being headache, nausea, upset stomach, sleep disturbance, most subside in two to three weeks.

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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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‘A 30-second walk would exhaust me beyond reason’: Natacha’s life with long Covid

The Guardian

Natacha Gray had an active life, diving, climbing and playing music, before illness left her so tired she would collapse on the way to the couch. She discusses two and a half devastating years – and how she stays optimistic Natacha Gray is singing the song she has written about living with long Covid. It’s a lovely, haunting song and she sings it beautifully.

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Launch of Ubuntu Platform: IASSW International Project

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Launch of Ubuntu Platform funded by IASSW International Project on Friday, 14 June | 08AM-12PM WAT | 09AM-1PM CAT/SAT | 10AM-2PM EAT. || Rationale and Purpose of the Project -There is evidence that the philosophy of Ubuntu can play a huge role in transforming and decolonising social work learning, teaching and practice.

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Dr. Diane Meier on the History and Future of Palliative Care Research

CAPC

In this blog post, Diane Meier, MD, discusses the history and future of palliative care research and shares her excitement about the plenary from the 2024 AAHPM State of the Science meeting.

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How Social Workers can Use Words to Heal

Social Work Blog

Social workers can use the printed word, books, and poetry to empower clients, promote social justice, and offer hope By Heather Rose Artushin, LISW-CP The printed word can be used to empower clients and offer hope in troubled times. People have long understood the healing power of words. In ancient Egypt, intentional words of healing were written on papyrus, then dissolved into a solution so that it could be physically ingested, like medicine.

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When Your Co-Parent is a N-rcissist

Gary Direnfeld

One of the more challenging realities when in a parenting dispute with a n-rcissist, is coming to terms with the fact that no one will rescue you. Not the courts, not your lawyer, not any therapist. It’s a harsh reality. Rather, one must learn how to cope, how to manage the n-rcissist, how to handle kids being adversely influenced, how to best navigate the court system.

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The baby bust: how Britain’s falling birthrate is creating alarm in the economy

The Guardian

Costs, the climate crisis and choice are all factors in a demographic revolution presenting huge challenges for government • The falling birthrate threatens a disaster so costly no politician dares think about it Having children has become an unaffordable luxury for many of her generation, says Vanessa, a 35-year-old project manager living in Brighton.

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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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Poor Sleep Linked to an Increase in Social Media Use in Teens

MQ Mental Health

A new study presented at the SLEEP 2024 annual meeting found a link between sleep duration, social media usage, and brain activation in areas responsible for executive control and reward processing in young people. As a part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, the researchers analyzed data from adolescents aged 10-14 using questionnaires.

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BASW chief Ruth Allen on the state of mental health social work

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Our interview with Ruth Allen is part of a series of profiles of key figures who have shaped social work over the past five decades, to mark Community Care’s 50th anniversary. Previous interviewees include Eileen Munro, Herbert Laming , and June Thoburn.

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CAPC's Brynn Bowman and Allison Silvers Clear Up Misconceptions about Palliative Care

CAPC

Listen as two experts from the Center to Advance Palliative Care discuss how, despite increased awareness, misconceptions about palliative care hinder its wider adoption.

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Arizona Joins the Interstate Social Work Licensure Compact

Social Work Blog

This week, the Arizona State Legislature once again failed to advance lifesaving mental health legislation. Social workers across our country work tirelessly to combat the ever-growing mental health crisis facing our nation. The Social Work Licensure Compact, spearheaded by the Department of Defense, seeks to address the critically important issue of licensure mobility for military spouses and enhances access to critical mental health services nationwide.

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Parents: Launching Pads and Guidance Systems

Gary Direnfeld

At fourteen she was fawning over a guy. The guy was also fourteen. School was a distant afterthought for her. What she wanted was that boy. He was a decent boy. Naïve. Good family. She certainly distracted him. He was also her distraction. She needed distraction from her life at home. She put on a brave face. She presented so lovely. It was a mask. The mask covered all that she saw.

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Life as an unpaid carer in the UK: ‘I feel unseen and unheard – and politicians don’t offer much’

The Guardian

A daughter who gave up full-time work to help look after her mother reveals her emotional and financial struggle Unpaid UK carers ‘face financial hit that can last decades’ We’re in the haematology department at the hospital and they call my mum in. We go inside, sit down and the doctor tells us the results of the test: she has myeloma – blood cancer – but will need a bone marrow test to confirm it.

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Stories of Life-Changing Connections: Mental Health Support, Foster Care & Adoption

KVC

At KVC Health Systems, a family of nonprofits serving children and families, we always start with connection. Healing begins when we have positive relationships in our lives — people who see us, look out for us, and want the best for us. And at KVC, we get to be part of inspiring, life-changing connection stories every day. Whether that’s a story of a foster care caseworker noticing and meeting a child’s needs, a family reconnecting after difficult times, or a community coming togeth

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Third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties – research

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A third of recent infant care cases involved parents with learning disabilities or difficulties, research has found. However, in most cases, parents’ conditions were only identified at the court stage, in part because social workers lacked the time and training to do so.

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Remembering Joseph (Joe) Bankoff

National Casa Gal

We are deeply saddened to share that Joseph R. Bankoff, long-time member, and former Chair of the National CASA/GAL Board of Trustees, passed away on June 10. Read More. The post Remembering Joseph (Joe) Bankoff appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder

Social Work Blog

By Nicole Roder, LCSW-C Did you know that clients with borderline personality disorder are over-represented in all levels of mental health care? Nicole Roder, LCSW-C Research shows that about 20 percent of all patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals meet criteria for BPD, as well as 10 percent of people seeking outpatient mental health treatment.

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Big Feelings, Tension, Fear…

Gary Direnfeld

Abandonment. That sense of being left behind. It’s so triggering. Then when the distance is bridged and the dramatic reconnection wears, the doubt sets back in. Then the sabotaging. Not sure if it’s oneself or the other. It’s just insecure again. The ambivalence creates tension yet again. It can’t be tolerated and away they go again.

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Places in council-run children’s homes in England fall by third as private firms take over

The Guardian

Increased reliance on private provision is pushing children hundreds of miles away from friends and family The number of places in council-run children’s homes in England has fallen by a third since 2012 – at the same time as places in privately run profit-making children’s homes have soared, according to an Observer analysis of government data. The dramatic fall in council-run children’s homes, and local authorities’ increasing reliance on privately run provision, have helped drive a rise in ch

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Nursing Leadership: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Relias

Nursing leadership is one of the most important ways to motivate and inspire nurses to practice at the top of their licensure. The American Nurses Association describes a nurse leader as one who inspires and influences others to achieve their maximum potential using leadership skills and critical thinking. Nurses can lead by sharing and propelling ideas and innovation at any point throughout their careers and do not necessarily need to hold an official leadership title or role.

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Mounting social care costs leave councils facing £6.2bn black hole over next two years, warns LGA

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Mounting social care costs will leave English councils facing a £6.2bn financial black hole over the next two years, the Local Government Association has warned political parties ahead of the general election. The LGA calculated that authorities would need an additional £4.7bn in 2025-26, compared with 2024-25, to maintain services at existing levels, but would only be able to cover half of

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Enrollment for the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training has commenced

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Course starts 17 June 2024. FREE! With certificates at successful completion of each module. Click on the enrollment link [link] For any help, please send your email at iassw.support@vtl.apss.polyu.edu.hk For more details, click here [link] The post Enrollment for the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training has commenced first appeared on International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).

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Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder

Social Work Blog

By Nicole Roder, LCSW-C Did you know that clients with borderline personality disorder are over-represented in all levels of mental health care? Nicole Roder, LCSW-C Research shows that about 20 percent of all patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals meet criteria for BPD, as well as 10 percent of people seeking outpatient mental health treatment.

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Even Burned Out, Kids Needs You

Gary Direnfeld

You may be a burned out parent. You can recognize it by giving into your kids’ demands while complaining they don’t listen. You may find yourself trying to buy their understanding and reasonable behavior while thinking they are ungrateful and/or spoiled. You may be seeking help for them, hoping someone else can either talk some sense into them or help them see how good they’ve got it.

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Nearly half of England’s care workers get less than real living wage, study finds

The Guardian

Exclusive: Campaigners say next government should match policy in Scotland and Wales ensuring adequate pay Nearly half of all care workers in England earn less than a real living wage, according to research. Analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) for the Living Wage Foundation found that 400,000 workers in social care (43% of the workforce) in England are paid less than £12 an hour, the amount required to cover living costs.

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Social Work Works! The Mukuru Kaiyaba Story

International Federation of Social Workers

In the photo community leaders of Mukuru Kaiyaba along with social workers In 2005 a social worker Evans Nyakundi and his colleagues first visited the Mukuru Kaiyaba community, a slum […]

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Social Work England interim chair set to serve 21 months in post

Community Care

Social Work England’s interim chair is set to serve 21 months in post after the government failed to recruit a permanent leader for the regulator’s board. Andrew McCulloch, who was already on the Social Work England board, was appointed to the interim post in March 2023 following the resignation of founding chair Lord Patel of Bradford. On appointing McCulloch, the Department for Education (DfE), which oversees the regulator, said that he would serve for “up to one year, standi

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How to Provide Excellent Dementia Care for Patients with Dementia—and Their Families

CAPC

A dementia care program director shares lessons learned from providing excellent dementia care to patients with dementia, and their families.

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore does the right thing!

Social Work Blog

By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Advisor Maryland Gov. Wes Moore of Maryland on June 17 announced he will pardon more than 175,000 residents who were convicted for possessing marijuana. Gov. Wes Moore This is one of the most expansive efforts ever in our nation to right the wrongs of criminal convictions of Marylanders for the nonviolent offense of simple possession of cannabis.

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A Conversation About the Place of Spirituality in Social Work

inSocialWork

Edward H. Taylor Social work’s historical origins are intertwined with spiritual leanings, followed by a more secular approach as the field “professionalized.” More recently, it is easy to find plenty of support for infusing spirituality in social work education and practice. But, what is spirituality? What’s religion? Is spirituality always correlated with positive health and well-being?

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UK care agencies accused of exploiting foreign workers caught in debt traps

The Guardian

Exclusive: Experts raise alarm over ‘national scandal’ that has hallmarks of trafficking and modern slavery ‘He didn’t have a contract for me’: the Indian careworkers who paid agents to work in Britain What are the problems with the UK visa system for care work? British social care agencies have been accused of exploiting foreign workers , leaving people living on the breadline as they struggle to pay off debts run up while trying to secure jobs that fail to materialise.

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Indonesian and Malaysian Social Worker Associations Strengthen Ties

International Federation of Social Workers

Dr. Puji Pujiono, MSW, President of the Indonesian Independent Association of Professional Social Workers (IPSPI), presented a memento during his visit to the Malaysian Association of Social Workers.