May, 2023

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11 Great Benefits of Being a Social Worker: Making a Positive Impact

Social Work Haven

You asked, what are the benefits of being a social worker? Social work is a profession dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. It is a field that requires social work practice skills and offers a unique opportunity to make a real and lasting impact on people’s lives. While the challenges can be significant, the benefits of being a social worke r far outweigh them.

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The role of research in adult social work

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: Those of you who are regular readers of my reports and blogs will know that one of my priorities continues to be the importance and value of social care research in social work. So, I am absolutely delighted to host this guest blog from social workers who have fellowships with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). It’s so inspiring to have their contribution.

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Online Learning Platform for Global Standards for Social Work Education

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

We are delighted to inform all members of IASSW that we have reached an agreement with Department of Applied Social Sciences [APSS], Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to provide an Online Learning Platform for Global Standards for Social Work Education for a period of three years. With the support from APSS, we are very sure that this will effectively promote academic excellence and strengthen academic exchange in the area of social work education around the globe.

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Five Facts Social Workers Need to Know About Women and Drinking

Social Work Blog

It’s National Women’s Health Week (May 14-20), an opportunity for social workers to encourage women to make their health a priority, including avoiding drinking too much alcohol. With their distinctive skillset and as key providers of mental and behavioral health services in a wide range of settings, social workers are in a unique position to prevent risky drinking among women.

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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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Even Counselors are Challenged by Narcissists

Gary Direnfeld

As well as hearing from parents having to deal with a narcissistic ex, I also hear from other counselors. Sometime after accepting a referral of a child or teen caught in the middle, showing signs of distress, the narcissistic parent then tries to put the counselor in the middle. It’s almost always the same. The narcissistic parent is seeking to know about the content of discussion between the child/teen and the counselor.

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More New Social Work Jobs of the Future – May 2023 Edition!

Social Work Futures

We have been busy in the social work jobs of the future business! Lots of ideas percolating. 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 playing the game to boost 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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Closing Out Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

My Brains Not Broken

As we reach the end of Mental Health Awareness Month , I’d like to reflect a little bit. I often reflect on the state of mental health; I try to figure out how we, as a society, view mental health and wellness. In the year since the last Mental Health Awareness Month, have we improved things? What does it mean to spread awareness, and are we doing a good enough job?

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What methods do you use to effectively manage your complaints caseloads?

Save the Social Worker

When I was a social worker, I used to be complained about. A lot. Granted, I wasn’t the best social worker. But I was trying. And if you’re a social worker today, or you work in social care, or heck, you just have difficult clients to deal with , you are going to be faced with complaints. Some day. You’re here wondering how best to get the complainant off your back.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, June 2023

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 45 free webcasts that we could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health. To make it easier for you to find a webinar that is of interest to you, […] The post Free Mental Health Webinars, June 2023 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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One’s Anger Meets the Other’s Abandonment

Gary Direnfeld

He went to counseling just as she wanted. He had to address his anger. He learned to take a break if conflict arose. With that break he would compose himself, figure out his feelings and then return to discuss matters more reasonably. Sometimes it took a matter of minutes, other times a few hours, on occasion a day or two. No matter how short or long a break he took to figure himself out and no matter how reasonable he returned, she was triggered by his not staying fully engaged and needing this

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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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International Nurses Day: celebrating our values, strengths and ambition

Social Care

This month sees the annual celebration of International Nurses Day ( Nurses Day in the UK) on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. In difficult and uncertain times, celebrating who we are, what we stand for and the amazing contribution we make to the health and wellbeing of our communities is more important than ever. Throughout May, I’m joining Skills for Care colleagues to visit every region in England as, together, we shine a light on the work of the social care nursing wo

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Secure children’s home bed numbers fall despite huge level of need

Community Care

Secure children’s home bed numbers have fallen over the last year despite huge levels of need for placements for very vulnerable children. The number of approved places in England and Wales’s 14 homes dropped by 7.6%, from 249 to 230 in the year to March 2023, with just 203 of these available for use, down from 220 the year before. The number of places contracted to the Ministry of Justice to place children detained by the criminal justice system remained stable, at 105, meaning the

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MBNB Song of the Month – You’re Not Alone

My Brains Not Broken

Last month, I started my Song of the Month series of posts. Each month on the blog, I’m going to share a song with you. It might be a song I can’t stop listening to at the moment, or a song I have a history with. It could be a song I don’t know much about, or I’ve listened to a thousand times. Regardless of the reason, these songs have inspired me and my mental health, and I want to share them with you.

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5 Social work assessment tools to try in Singapore

Save the Social Worker

Here’s a trick question. What do you take when you go to do an assessment? If your answer was paper and pen, you are forgiven. Especially in a time such as this, where there seems to be more clients than social workers. You might be burning out, but still struggling with the same issues during assessments. The common problems during assessment Ever walked out of the assessment, thinking that you got everything you needed, only to go into the BPSS assessment you’re supposed to write, and suddenly

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How to Start Writing a Book About Your Mental Illness

Nnatasha Tracy

I get asked about how I wrote a book about my mental illness all the time. My book is Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar , and I published it in 2016. It has done very well for me, and I don't regret writing the book for a moment. That said, writing a book about mental illness is not for the faint of heart. It's harder than you think , and many people find it less rewarding than they think.

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Counseling? His Turn, Her Turn

Gary Direnfeld

He went to counseling just as she wanted. He had to address his anger. He learned to take a break if conflict arose. With that break he would compose himself, figure out his feelings and then return to discuss matters more reasonably. Sometimes it took a matter of minutes, other times a few hours, on occasion a day or two. No matter how short or long a break he took to figure himself out and no matter how reasonable he returned, she was triggered by his not staying fully engaged and needing this

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CASWE-ACFTS Conference

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

CASWE-ACFTS Annual Conference Date :May 30 to June 2, 2023 This year’s CASWE-ACFTS conference will be held in conjunction with York University’s School of Social Work. Join us for this four-day in-person experience! Reckonings and Re-Imaginings: Indigenous and Black Offerings to Social Work and Beyond CASWE-ACFTS Conference, as part of Congress, Canada’s largest humanities and social science Conference, will be in person again for the first time since 2019, May 30- June 2 nd 2023 !

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Union calls on social workers to strike over council pay offer

Community Care

UNISON is calling on social workers and other council staff in England and Wales to back strikes after opening its industrial action ballot on this year’s council pay offer. A yes vote could lead to walkouts by the union – which represents an estimated 40,000 social workers across the UK – this summer. Fellow union Unite will start balloting members on industrial action shortly, while the third local government union, GMB, is also planning to do so.

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By the Numbers: The State of Mental Health in the US in 2023

My Brains Not Broken

Every year during Mental Health Awareness Month , I find statistics and data that help show the state of mental health in the United States. Mental illness and mental health challenges are extremely prevalent in today’s world, and diving into the data is one of the clearest ways to show that. The more we can rely on the numbers, the sooner we can stop relying on assumptions and anecdotal evidence to talk about mental health.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: reflections on the role of adult social work

Social Work With Adults

Anxious for more progress It’s Mental Health Awareness Week , which this year takes a theme we can all relate to: anxiety (#ToHelpMyAnxiety). It's not only a chance to shine a light on our psychological wellbeing (and how to maintain it) but also take stock on mental health service provision and the evolution of societal attitudes to an issue which affects us all.

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Parents given life sentences for ‘savage’ murder of baby son

The Guardian

Ten-month-old Finley Boden died on Christmas Day, just over a month after being returned to parents’ care A couple found guilty of the “savage and brutal” Christmas Day murder of their 10-month-old son have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Finley Boden died 39 days after a family court ruled he could be returned to the care of his parents, Stephen Boden, 30, and Shannon Marsden, 22.

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Narcissism. What Causes It?

Gary Direnfeld

I am frequently asked what causes a person to become a narcissist. Truth is, like all things human, it’s multifaceted. The answer lies somewhere on a spectrum of biology and one’s growing up experiences as well as the interplay between them. Apart from biology/genetics, there are multiple theories from a psychosocial perspective. Those theories will range from behavioral, to psychodynamic to social learning theory.

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Webinar on Preparing Future Social Workers for Data-Driven Practice: A Panel Discussion with Universities in Moldova and the USA

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Preparing Future Social Workers for Data-Driven Practice: A Panel Discussion with Universities in Moldova and the USA Information about the webinar: Join Data for Impact (D4I) on May 31 at 8–9:00am EDT (15:00–16:00 EET) for a webinar on preparing future social workers for data-driven practice. This webinar will be presented in English and Romanian, with simultaneous interpretation.

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‘What Ramadan means to me as a social worker – and how I shared this with colleagues’

Community Care

by Fazeela Hafejee As the last guest left my house with mountains of leftover food and the festivities of Eid drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on Ramadan and what this year’s fast has meant to me. I’ve been the assistant director for adults with disabilities at my local authority for over a year now. On a normal day, I usually leave for the office at 6.30am – with breakfast on the go now a regular occurrence – so that I may miss the traffic.

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

My Brains Not Broken

May is a special one on My Brain’s Not Broken – it’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Since 1949, May has been Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. This is a month dedicated to sharing stories and resources to raise mental health awareness. Various mental health organizations have themes and focuses for Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Viewing Your Work Through a Trauma-Informed Lens

Relias

What does it mean to look at your work through a trauma-informed lens? Imagine sitting in a parking lot, drumming up all your courage just to walk into a behavioral health center. You have never seen a counselor before, and you are very nervous. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep for weeks. You have nightmares, seem to always be ‘on edge’ and anger easily.

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Self-Care A-Z: Accountability and Self-Care—When a 7-Year-Old Back-Seat Driver Schools Me

The New Social Worker

Self-care does not just happen. We need to be intentional about accountability that holds us to our commitments. As such, devising successful self-care plans requires intentionally considering what accountability measures/strategies to use.

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The Gottman Approach to Couples Counselling

Prosper Health Collective

When the presenting issue is a relationship problem, individual therapy is likely to have limited benefit as only half of the relationship is being presented; as an individual in a relationship, you can only do so much to effect change in the relationship. A lack of mutual understanding and effective communication is often the source of problems in a relationship.

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Integrating Experiential Knowledge in Social Work Education and Research: A Necessary and Challenging Innovation

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

IASSW & Power Us welcome you to attend our fifth webinar tomorrow at 15.30 CET. Professor Jean-Pierre Wilkens from the Netherlands will be talking about Integrating Experiential Knowledge in Social Work Education and Research: A Necessary and Challenging Innovation The presentation will be followed by a discussion. You register by scanning the QR code.

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‘Momentum for change’ to tackle profession’s staffing ‘crisis’, says Social Work England lead

Community Care

There is “momentum for change” among sector leaders and practitioners to tackle the social work’s mounting workforce “crisis”, according to a Social Work England lead. There was “a universal recognition of the fact that change is needed” among a group, consisting largely of sector leaders, that the regulator has convened to tackle social work’s worsening recruitment and retention issues, Sarah Blackmore told adults’ directors last month.

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Finding the Right Words

My Brains Not Broken

How would you describe yourself? What words would you use? Would you describe yourself using full sentences, or create a list of adjectives? When I think about the way I describe myself, my brain freezes. It’s not that I’m afraid of using the wrong words, of talking about myself in a way that’s disingenuous. Actually, it’s the opposite; I’m worried I won’t include words that would clearly state who I am.

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The horrifying ubiquity of the family police

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

There are so many things Black parents must teach their children that white parents like me never had to deal with: There’s “the talk,” – when every Black parent has to tell their children how to behave when stopped by the police. There are the reminders to never forget a driver’s license, so the cops don’t think the nice car they’re driving was stolen.

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NASW Member Voices: ?Social Work Mentorship Honors the Wisdom Within Our Profession

Social Work Blog

By Sarah Meisinger MSW, LICSW It has been a long time coming and I have finally decided to pause and dedicate some time to reflect on the importance mentorship has played throughout my social work career. In order to effectively illustrate the impact of mentorship within our profession, I reached out to an important social worker in my life and someone I consider a mentor and friend, Nick Johnston.

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The OCD Cycle

Prosper Health Collective

Obsessive C ompulsive D isorder (OCD) grows and is maintained by a very clear and consistent cycle that occurs in 4 stages. Theset four stages of the cycle consist of: Obsessions : the cycle starts with obsessive thoughts. These are recurrent, intrusive, unwanted, and distressing thoughts, images , urges or impulses. Some common obsessions include contamination fears, religious obsessions and harm obsessions.

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Call for articles/contribution – Social Dialogue #28

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Call for articles/contribution – Social Dialogue #28 Theme : Social Work, Social Development Goals and Global Sustainable Development Social work aligns with the SDGs, especially in eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality, fostering social inclusion, and empowering communities. The magazine “Social Dialogue”, issue 28, will be focused on “What social work interventions are being used in various regions and nations that are in line with the SDGs and achieving sustai