October, 2022

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Why do social workers burnout?

Save the Social Worker

The aircon blew gently. Outside, the 33 degree celsius heat made me grateful to be seated in the room. I was seated in front of a client, listening to her talk about how difficult life was for her. As hard as I tried to get into it, I couldn’t.

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Making Mental Health A Global Priority

My Brains Not Broken

While every day is a good opportunity to talk about mental health, awareness days are some of the best chances to have a conversation. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, the latest opportunity to shrink the stigma and share our stories around mental health and mental health challenges.

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Why Focusing on the Small Details Makes a BIG Difference In Nonprofit Case Management

Famcare

Some people say that the devil is in the details, but some say details can be a devil to deal with! According to Heather Lytle, Executive Director of F.A.C.T.

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How We May Inadvertently Disable Our Kids

Gary Direnfeld

Are you disabling your kids? It’s a serious question, however, it’s not meant to mean you are doing so intentionally. Unfortunately though, many patent do inadvertently disable their kids. They do so by coddling, carrying, and compensating. Coddling refers to smoothing the way for them.

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

In this webinar with business development consultant Gary Direnfeld, we will explore the different methods of marketing your private social work practice and boosting your online presence. Gary will provide valuable insight on choosing and using social media to attract viable referrals.

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Anxiety and the Vagus Nerve

Prosper Health Collective

November was meant to offer a series based on Psychology Week. Unfortunately as of late October, the Australian Psychological Society had still not published a theme, so Prosper Health Collective is going to offer a mixed bag of what clinicians would like to share with you.

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What is “Anticipatory Social Work?” Advancing a Provocation for the Next Chapter of the Profession

Social Work Futures

Social workers specialize in the effects of cascading failures of our most important community institutions and the very real hope, determination and commitment to justice and well-being for all.

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Everything Serves A Purpose

My Brains Not Broken

I’ve written about it before, but the way different aspects of our health connect is fascinating to me. I often think about the connection between my physical health and mental health.

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New study finds folic acid treatment is associated with decreased risk of suicide attempts

MQ Mental Health

The study found a link between folic acid supplements and a 44% reduction in suicide attempts and self-harm. A new study by the University of Chicago has investigated the relationship between folic acid treatment and suicide attempts over two years.

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Parental Alienation – Make a Path to the Future

Gary Direnfeld

Parental alienation: The intentional undermining of a child’s relationship with one parent by the other parent in a context where those parents have separated and have an acrimonious relationship. Some situations are intractable. Beyond repair. The issue remains… what to do?

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Free Mental Health Webinars, November 2022

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring 60 free webcasts that we could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health.

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Hunt U-turns on IR35 reform for agency social workers

Community Care

Jeremy Hunt has scrapped plans to abolish the IR35 rules for agency social workers and other public sector staff working off payroll. His predecessor as chancellor of the exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, had announced the abolition of the 2017 rules in his “mini-budget” on 23 September.

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World Mental Health Day - reassurance in trying times

Social Work With Adults

World Mental Health Day is our annual reminder to protect our psychological and emotional wellbeing and help others do the same. Just when you thought it was safe. I’m sure it’s not just me who is struggling to keep up with pace of national and international developments in the world at the moment.

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Breaking Down Mental Health Terms: What Are Automatic Negative Thoughts?

My Brains Not Broken

I’d been in therapy for a few years when I first heard the phrase automatic negative thoughts for the first time. It wasn’t hard to deduce the meaning of the phrase, but I found it interesting nonetheless. Like everyone else, I deal with negative thoughts every single day.

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Happy Halloween!

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Homelessness is a journey that starts in the family. Suicide prevention means child protection → Happy Halloween!

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The Angry Child

Gary Direnfeld

The child was about ten. He was angry. With his parents in the room, I asked about the relationship between his parents. Having already met with the parents, I already knew the answer to the question. The parents were well informed where I would go with their child.

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New Book Notice – Introduction to Social Work

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

New Book Notice – Introduction to Social W ork. New Book Notice - Introduction to Social Work. Featured

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Liberty Protection Safeguards due for implementation in October 2023

Community Care

The Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) is due to be implemented in October 2023.

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Sobriety Chat: Veronica

Living Sober

Veronica Valli is an author, podcaster, recovery advocate and coach, clinical psychotherapist, wife, mother. and she is sober. Click on the Video or Audio below to hear my Sobriety Chat with Veronica.

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Five Reminders for Building Mentally Healthy Habits

My Brains Not Broken

A lot of my focus for the past few weeks has been on habits. I’ve written about habits before on My Brain’s Not Broken, but every time I revisit the topic I learn something new. Building healthy habits is an essential aspect of my mental health toolkit, but it doesn’t stop there.

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GuestPost: Surviving a Major Bipolar Depressive Episode and Finding a Purpose in my Life by Becky Rowland

Bipolar Bandit

Biography I had my first mental illness episode with psychosis symptoms when I was 20 years old in 1982. I had mental illness episodes of extreme anxiety, depression, mania, and psychosis at different times from 1983-1992.

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Accessing Service the Creative Way

Gary Direnfeld

It was many years ago. With nowhere to discharge the teen, then 16, the plan was to simply drop him off at a downtown men’s shelter. This after a several month stay in the children’s mental health centre to get his schizophrenia under control. I couldn’t live with that.

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World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2022

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2022.

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Children’s social care gets fifth cabinet minister of 2022 while facing significant policy shake-up

Community Care

By Mithran Samuel and Anastasia Koutsounia. Children’s social care has been handed its fifth secretary of state of 2022, while the minister with direct responsibility for the sector has quit after a month, despite it facing one of its biggest policy shake-ups in many years.

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Autumn vaccinations and the role of social work

Social Work With Adults

"At its best, social work supports people to cope with difficult circumstances, drawing on their own strengths and assets." Image created by freepik.com ]. Our support continues and always will.

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Forming Healthy Habits Amidst Setbacks

My Brains Not Broken

Living with mental illness can make people feel like they’re failing all the time. Moments of progress can feel impossible to recapture after a misstep. We can be very harsh on our failures, and our reactions can exacerbate those failures.

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Ten Tips for Doing a Party Sober

Living Sober

I've been to many parties as a sober person and generally I don't have a problem with them (unless I'm just totally not in the mood or it's really not my scene). I've gotten pretty good at working inside my brain to lift my mood so that I can have a good time - sometimes even a great time!

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The Most Tragic Loss of All, That of a Child

Gary Direnfeld

I want to speak to those who have lost a child. That child could be of any age. The child could be pre-born. The loss could even be of fertility. These are losses without resolution. A grief without end. Despite the when, why or age, the loss is not just of the child when it happened.

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Case Workers in Family Services Benefit from Social Services Software

Famcare

For those working in child services, an understanding of family situations is vital in being able to help improve child welfare. Fortunately for those agencies, utilizing the right social services software can help streamline processes and effectively “humanize” the various situations.

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Average care worker earns less than over 80% of wider workforce

Community Care

More than 80% of jobs in the wider economy pay more than the average independent care worker wage, Skills for Care revealed today in its annual report on the workforce.

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A Social Investment Partnership launched today in the Kamenets Podisk district of Ukraine

International Federation of Social Workers

A Social Investment Partnership was launched today in the Kamenets Podisk district of Ukraine by the National Association of Social Workers Ukraine and IFSW. The President of the NASWU Yana […]. Ukraine

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The Impact of Anxiety on Our Physical Health

My Brains Not Broken

Living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder has taught me so many things about myself. I’ve learned what some of my tendencies are, as well as what habits I fall into when it comes to coping mechanisms. I’ve learned about my triggers, what overstimulates me and what makes me anxious.

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Self-Harm Myth: People Who Self-Harm Like Pain

Nnatasha Tracy

It sounds true, but it's actually a myth that people who self-harm like pain. I've done it; I should know. That's right — I've purposefully caused pain, and yet, I hate pain. Believe me, you can want to self-injure and hate pain — both of those things can be true at the same time.

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Difficult Ex – Your Response Matters.

Gary Direnfeld

I can’t stress enough that how you handle yourself and respond to the provocation of another plays big in the outcome. I speak with many persons dealing with difficult and truly intimidating and outrageously demanding former partners but where coparenting continues. Like a shark in the water, if they smell blood they circle and attack. It is such a challenge to not feel fear, to exude confidence and to manage limits and boundaries in these challenging of situations.