Sat.Nov 04, 2023 - Fri.Nov 10, 2023

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The best advice for social workers: ‘Take care of yourself first – it’s not selfish, it’s necessary’

Community Care

At Community Care Live, a panel of experts discussed the role of learning and development in attracting and retaining early-career social workers. As part of our Choose Social Work campaign, we asked each of them for the best piece of advice they would give to new social workers. Sophie Gilbert, head of learning academy, Birmingham Children’s Trust For me it would be: don’t stay put.

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SDGs Halfway Point: Social Work for Transformative Change

International Federation of Social Workers

The following statement has been endorsed by the participants of the 27th IFSW Asia-Pacific Conference: In an inspirational display of solidarity and commitment, over 1,000 social workers from across the […]

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What is their grieving style?

Hospice Chaplaincy

Melissa Wright, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC, We all experience losses, big and little, throughout our lives. When enduring a big loss, people fall into patterns that may be considered masculine or feminine ways of reacting.

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Digitising social care: reflections on progress

Social Care

"Many providers have jumped at the chance to access the funding and support available and are positive about the opportunities technology opens up to improve the ways they work." [Image created by freepik.com ] Building momentum It’s been 18 months since the Digitising Social Care programme began, delivering the three year £150 million investment in digitally transforming adult social care, set out in the 2021 white paper, People at the Heart of Care.

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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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Social Workers Set Sights on Preventing Gun Violence

Beyond Advocacy

The recent tragic mass shooting in Lewistown, Maine , once again focused the nation’s attention on the growing menace of guns and firearms in the United States. Planned long before the shooting, about three dozen social work researchers, scholars, and practitioners gathered at the Crown School of Social Work at the University of Chicago on Friday and Saturday, November 3 rd and 4 th, for a Summit on Social Work’s Role in Gun Violence Prevention as a precursor for the launch of the 14 th Grand Ch

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Mental Health Act reform ditched, King’s Speech confirms

Community Care

There will be no reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 before the next election, the government has confirmed. Today’s King’s Speech – setting out the government’s last full legislative programme before an election in 2024 or early 2025 – did not include a mental health bill, meaning any reform would have to be carried out by a future government, if at all.

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Mattel doll honors NASW Social Work Pioneer Wilma Mankiller

Social Work Blog

Mattel has honored another one of the NASW Social Work Pioneers ®, Wilma Mankiller, by issuing a Barbie doll inspired by her. Mankiller’s father was Cherokee and she developed a deep appreciation for her heritage. Mankiller (1945-2010) became the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and helped create the office of Indian Justice within the U.S.

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When the Bipolar Medication Isn’t Working — Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder

Nnatasha Tracy

I have spent years of my life with bipolar medication not working -- or, at least, bipolar medication not working to the extent that one would want. I know this isn't the common refrain around medication -- the common refrain being, take bipolar medication and get better -- but it is a reality that many of us live with. So, the question is, what do you do when the bipolar medication isn't working?

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More staff found to be practising illegally as social workers, says regulator

Community Care

An increasing number of staff have been found to be practising illegally as social workers, the regulator has said. Social Work England issued the warning on the back of an increase in cases referred to it about people misusing the title ‘social worker’, which is protected in law. The regulator opened 164 misuse of title cases in 2022-23, up from 105 in 2021-22, revealed figures in a paper to its board meeting last month.

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending Nov. 7, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● Who says there’s no learning curve in journalism? Almost exactly 12 years ago, NPR aired a stunning series of reports on the obscene rate at which Native American children are torn from their families in South Dakota. It was called “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families.” Almost as obscene: the response from local news outlets which, having been beaten on a huge story in their own backward, often responded by minimizing the findings or, worse, rallying around state government a

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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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Speech Pathology Assessments

Prosper Health Collective

Speech pathologists rely on a variety of assessments tailored to the unique needs of each child. Assessments are essential to the therapy process as it shows your starting point which you can compare to later. They can help with accessing funding and support for your child. It also identifies areas of strength and weakness to better understand your child’s needs and it helps other professionals, like teachers, tailor learning to suit your child.

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Ethics Alive! Anti-DEI Laws, Moral Distress, and Student Roles

The New Social Worker

A concerning trend has emerged as 22 states have introduced or enacted legislation that would restrict DEI initiatives and the teaching of DEI. These laws may present social work educators with a conflict between ethical and legal responsibilities.

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Councils rationing adult social care through ‘subjective’ eligibility judgments, finds think-tank

Community Care

Councils are rationing adult social care through “subjective” eligibility judgments, a think-tank has concluded. The Institute for Government (IFG) said that a long-term decline in the number of people receiving adult social care, amid increases in requests for support, was most likely down to rationing, not the use of strengths-based practice to make people more independent and less in need of care.

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Covid taskforce had no warning of ‘eat out to help out’, inquiry told

The Guardian

Former head of body set up to coordinate pandemic policy agrees that he was ‘blindsided’ by Rishi Sunak’s plan UK politics live – latest updates The government body set up to coordinate Covid policy had no warning about Rishi Sunak’s “eat out to help out” scheme and felt “blindsided” by the Treasury over it, the inquiry into the pandemic has been told.

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Developing Your Expertise as a SENCo: Leading Inclusive Practice

The Critical Blog

Christopher Roberston of the SENCo Forum Advisory Group has reviewed Developing Your Expertise as a SENCo edited by Helen Knowler, Hazel Richards and Stephanie Brewster which we published on 3rd October 2023. Our thanks to him for his time and attention. This is a succinct, thoughtful, and rigorous guide to the role of the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo).

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Native American Healthcare Disparities: Challenges and Solutions

Relias

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) reported that 42.1% of citizens identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native relied on Medicaid or other public health insurance, and 14.9% had no coverage at all. Compared to non-Hispanic white individuals in the U.S. — with 34.3% on Medicaid or public health insurance and only 6.3% without coverage — Native American healthcare disparities clearly still exist despite efforts to eradicate them.

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‘Caseloads are the vital sign of social work health’ – Cafcass chief

Community Care

An “exceptional experience for every child, everywhere, every time”: that is the overriding objective that Cafcass has set itself in its new three-year strategy, launched yesterday. The goal would be challenging at the best of times. Cafcass’s workload is driven significantly by factors outside of its control, including parental decisions to settle questions about their children’s future through the courts and councils issuing care proceedings when children are experienci

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‘I need to make this love story’: documenting the radical dementia care of a pioneering reporter

The Guardian

In a profoundly intimate film, director Maite Alberdi follows an influential Chilean journalist and his partner as they navigate life after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis At the start of the Chilean documentary The Eternal Memory, a woman asks her husband, who has Alzheimer’s, if he likes his life. He beams back at her. “I love life.” The couple will be instantly recognisable to audiences in Chile.

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Celebrating a Legacy of Compassion and Service: PASWI Marks Its 75th Jubilee

International Federation of Social Workers

The Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc.

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BELIEVE change is possible!

Living Sober

We can all shout from the rooftops about how getting sober is achievable. But it won't happen for you unless you believe it too.

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Mandatory child sexual abuse reporting: government not expecting significant rise in social care referrals

Community Care

The government is not expecting a significant rise in social care referrals from introducing a duty on professionals to report child sexual abuse. Its assessment came as it issued a consultative proposals to introduce mandatory reporting of CSA , which fall short of those put forward by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), in its final report, published last year.

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Tory turmoil hits efforts to fix staffing crisis in adult social care

The Guardian

National Audit Office says political chaos has delayed proposed measures to improve recruitment in England The government has delayed several key reforms to social care staffing in England due to political chaos caused by the collapse of the Boris Johnson and Liz Truss governments and a Whitehall recruitment freeze, it has emerged. Work to create new training places and develop the low-paid care workforce was supposed to start in September but has been delayed by at least six months.

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Loss and Healing

Abuse Survivor

This past year has been a whirlwind of change for me, moving to a new state, downsizing, and facing life’s unexpected twists. It’s been tough, but I’m here, navigating through it all. The heart of this story is a bittersweet farewell to my beloved dog, Buster. When he started facing breathing problems and pain, I had to make the gut-wrenching decision to let him go.

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Displacing the Nearest Relative

The Masked AMHP

The Mental Health Act 1959 first introduced the concept, role and statutory rights and duties of the Nearest Relative applying to patients subject to the Act. The 1983 Act and the 2007 Act hardly made any changes. In certain circumstances, the NR under the Mental Health Act can be displaced, and replaced with an acting NR.

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Number of UK social worker job adverts falls for fourth consecutive month, figures show

Community Care

The number of UK social worker job advertisements fell for the fourth consecutive month in September, figures have shown. There were 12,960 unique social worker job postings across the UK last month, the recruitment sector’s umbrella body has revealed. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which represents agencies across the economy, released the figures as part of its regular labour market tracker, produced with research body Lightcast.

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Diabetes and Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

Many physical health conditions can be linked to mental ill health. One such condition is diabetes. As World Diabetes Day approaches (14 th November 2023), we take a look at what diabetes is and how MQ are supporting researchers working to improve care. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Simply put, diabetes affects the body’s sugar levels meaning they are higher than usual for longer periods of time.

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Best Practices for Promoting Self-Advocacy Among Your IDD Clients

Relias

For direct support professionals (DSPs) and others working in the intellectual and development disabilities field (IDD), acting as an ally for client self-advocacy is a huge part of the job. But knowing where to start can be tricky. Each client requires different things and has different comfort levels with speaking up. To help your organization better serve your clients on their journey to independence, we’ve put together this list of best practices on being an ally for self-advocacy.

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The importance of speaking up in the workplace

Social Care

"We spend more time at work than we do anywhere else, so it's important staff feel there is a safe way to raise concerns, without negative repercussions." [Image created by freepik.com] Promoting safety and support October was the sixth annual Speak Up Month, led by the National Guardian ’s office. It provided an opportunity to raise awareness and highlight the difference which Freedom to Speak Up is making in the workplace.

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Podcast: A conversation with Karen Oikonen and Kate Wilkes on Constellations

Hospice Chaplaincy

In today’s episode, Saul talks to both Karen Oikonen and Kate Wilkes on “Constellations: Designing participatory engagement and end of life.” Kate Wilkes is a service designer based in Toronto. Passionate about meaningful collaboration, Kate is always keen for opportunities to leverage diverse perspectives to make sense of complex problems in pursuit of impactful solutions.

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Assessments at Prosper

Prosper Health Collective

Thinking of having an assessment completed at Prosper? Wondering what our assessment process involves? Follow the steps below. Watch the video to find out more. The post Assessments at Prosper appeared first on Therapy Services | Prosper Health Collective.

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Autism, Anxiety, and Depression: What You Need to Know About Comorbidity

Relias

A comorbidity is a condition that exists or develops in conjunction with another condition. For those living with autism, having comorbidity or multiple comorbidities, is often a reality. While percentages vary based on the comorbidity under examination, most autistic individuals are living with at least one comorbidity. This high rate of comorbidity in this population can pose serious challenges to direct support professionals (DSPs) and others working the intellectual and developmental disabil

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New at CAPC: November

CAPC

Learn about new resources at CAPC including the relaunched national Palliative Care Provider Directory that provides a way to locate palliative care programs in their area.

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African Immigrant family caregivers, their challenges and changes needed in End of life care

Hospice Chaplaincy

Dr. Saul Ebema A few years ago, my wife befriended an elderly African woman from west Africa. Recently, that woman had a serious health scare. Due her limited understanding of the English language, communication with her healthcare team became hard.

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Types of Assessments

Prosper Health Collective

Formal psychological assessments are performed by psychologists for various reasons such as to determine if an individual is neurodivergent (as in the case of ADHD or autism assessments) or to assess learning or intellectual functioning. Psychological assessments can involve several components such as psychological interviews, using comprehensive psychometric measures, clinical observation and liaising with teachers and other health professionals.

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Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace

Relias

For the first time in modern history, workers from five different generations are in the workforce. This can make managing generational differences in the workplace seem daunting. Fortunately, this issue does not have to be as complicated as it seem. Tips for managing generational differences in the workplace The state of the economy and job market when one enters the workforce can have a significant impact on what they want from a job.