November, 2022

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6 hacks for less painful social work documentation

Save the Social Worker

When I was a student social worker in the U.K., my supervisor used to drive me to the clients we would visit. One day, we were really busy. Back to back meetings in the office, followed by home visits.

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Anxious intrusive thoughts and how to manage them

Lawson Psychology

The post Anxious intrusive thoughts and how to manage them appeared first on Lawson Clinical Psychology. Adult therapy Child and Adolescent Mental Health Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Uncategorized anxious thoughts Intrusive thoughts Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Five Caseworker Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Famcare

According to estimates, the United States has over 680,000 social workers affiliated with various non-profit organizations. Social workers play an important role in the American social fabric, from juvenile justice to veteran services, senior services, and child welfare.

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How We Shape the Future: Reflexive Questions for the Social Work Profession

Social Work Futures

As I’m making my way through a book project (Anticipatory Social Work!!!) I’m doing a lot of working and thinking about and structuring activities to guide the profession into meaningful, direct and generative questions for individuals and collectives.

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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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5 Social work engagement skills to deepen rapport with clients

Save the Social Worker

I remember the first time I walked into a client’s room as a student social worker. It smelled dank, and there were bottles of alcohol in the corner. There were pieces of trash on the table, and clothes strewn across the sofa. The client quickly cleared the clothes so that I could take a seat.

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Getting Out of My Head

My Brains Not Broken

Some days I wish I could get out of my head. I don’t always know what I mean when I say that, but the sentiment is there. It feels like I live most of my life inside my head and every so often, I want to burst out.

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Narcisisstic Ex? I’ll Bet You’re Nice!

Gary Direnfeld

If you are dealing with a narcissistic ex, you have had to deal with wondering if you are crazy. You’ve had to fret over others believing horrible things said about you. You’ve received diatribes in messages, none of which ever resolve any issue you seek to address.

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Compare Yourself to Others, and You Lose

Nnatasha Tracy

Recently, I wrote on Instagram about how when you compare yourself to others, you lose. I quoted Theodore Roosevelt, who said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." I consider this to be true, but it doesn't mean I don't fall into the trap of comparing myself to others.

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Dispatches from the Future – Academic Edition – November 12, 2022

Social Work Futures

Here’s a collection of links that I’ve been gathering up the last year – exploring the future of higher education.

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Australian Social Work Association’s Statement on Climate Action

International Federation of Social Workers

The Australian Social Work Association’s Statement on Climate Action in preparation for COP27. This builds on previous statements drafted with input from AASW social workers on Climate Action highlighting on […]. Disaster Social Work Environment

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DfE working on plan to restrict use of agency social workers, says ADCS president

Community Care

The Department for Education (DfE) is drawing up a plan to address the use of agency social workers in England, according to a leading director.

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Grateful and Thankful

My Brains Not Broken

Throughout my mental health journey, I’ve reflected a lot about gratitude and and what it means to be thankful. From reflections on gratitude to what I’ve learned about thankfulness , there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained surrounding these feelings, and it can change all the time.

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Nasty Ex? They may not be normal….

Gary Direnfeld

There are ways to work with a nasty ex that work better than others. It’s not that these other ways are perfect or turn everything around for the better. It’s that they can help neutralize some of the toxicity.

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When Reporters of Sexual Harassment Are Silenced By Advocacy Institutions the Harm is Far Worst

Swhelper

Deona Hooper, MSW.

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Love Letter to OCAD’s Foresight Program

Social Work Futures

The Ontario College of Art and Design has a Master’s Degree Program in Strategic Foresight. I happened upon it via the work of many of their graduates and the way in which they position this work online as a generous and brilliant act of public scholarship.

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New global research highlights negative working environment for most social workers

International Federation of Social Workers

‘Social workers have among the most difficult working conditions of all equivalent professions’, is the key finding of new research just published in International Social Work journal. This has detrimental […]. IFSW Social Work

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Hunt announces two-year care cap delay to help councils deliver 200,000 extra care packages

Community Care

Councils will be able to deliver an extra 200,000 care packages over the next two years through what chancell0r Jeremy Hunt described as the “biggest increase in funding” adult social care sector had received in its history.

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Taking Things Day By Day

My Brains Not Broken

When it comes to mental health, there are many cliched phrases I find myself gravitating toward to talk about health and wellness.

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Don’t be confused. Neither parent may been appropriate….

Gary Direnfeld

Some have a parent who is verbally nasty, maybe physically harsh too. The other does nothing to really protect, but becomes the preferred parent. Because of not being overtly mean, they are seen positively. The fact is though, that parent has been neglectful. That parent left you unprotected.

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Silly Season Survival Guide

Living Sober

The end of the year can be a tricky time of year for us sober people. There are many parties and social events to navigate, plus mounting family pressures, demands on our wallets, and booze, booze, booze everywhere. It's a truly wonderful/terrible time of the year.

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What Causes Coke Bloat? What You Need to Know

Gateway Foundation

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug that can create numerous severe side effects. Once a person becomes addicted to the illegal drug, they can experience physical, mental and emotional changes that take a toll on their quality of life.

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Social workers honoured at national awards ceremony

Social Work Awards

Seventeen inspiring social workers, teams and organisations from across England have been recognised for their contribution to the profession after winning the top awards at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 04 November.

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Two-year delay to cap on care costs on cards, amid fears reform will be dropped altogether

Community Care

The government will delay the introduction of the cap on care costs for two years, in chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement next week, The Times has reported.

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Writing Through Sadness

My Brains Not Broken

I put a lot of pressure on my writing. Sometimes writing about mental health is a release. It helps me express things I can’t say, and put into words a feeling or emotion I’ve had trouble explaining. But it’s also difficult, in many ways, to write when experiencing anxiety.

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Memory Failing? Check the Alcohol Consumption…

Gary Direnfeld

There is a condition that can look like dementia called Korsakoff Syndrome. It affects memory. It is mostly the result of vitamin B1 deficiency and that is typically associated with high levels of alcohol consumption over the course of many years.

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Sobriety Chat: Sue

Living Sober

Sue Kerr is a writer, artist, gardener, seamstress, and budding astrologer. She's a wife, friend, and big sister.and she is sober.

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Is Santa real?

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Stop Abuse Campaign Issues Statement about Colorado Springs Club Q Shooting. Breaking the cycle of abuse – a holiday story.

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Webinar Social Work Practice Education in Europe. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Perspectives

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Webinar on Social Work Practice Education in Europe. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Perspectives. The EASSW co-funded project “Social Work Practice Education in Times of Pandemics, and Beyond. Continuities, Changes, Innovations in Europe (SWOOPED)” has been successful.

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LADO role faces review after disabled children abuse inquiry identifies ‘major failings’

Community Care

The government will review the local authority designated officer (LADO) role after an inquiry into the abuse of disabled children identified “major failings” in relation to the function.

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The Importance of Feeling – From the Experts

My Brains Not Broken

I have said it many times on My Brain’s Not Broken – I am not a mental health professional. I have life experience and have discussed the topic with many professionals over the years, but this isn’t my line of work.

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Violence in Schools

Gary Direnfeld

I have had several messages and conversations this week about violence in schools. They were all unrelated. They all had the same themes. Those themes included disbelief at the intensity and frequency of violent events across all age of students.

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The Best Affirmative Action is Early Education

Beyond Advocacy

Yesterday, the Supreme Court began hearing two cases concerning admissions criteria using affirmative action as one means of determining who gets coveted entry into Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

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Case Manager Stress Relief For Social Worker Performance Anxiety

Famcare

Performance anxiety can often add to the high stress experienced by social work case managers. After all, social worker performance isn’t about how many widgets you make or how much profit you brought to the bottom line. It’s about helping real people deal with real life problems.