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Breaking Down Mental Health Terms: What Is Self-Stigma?

My Brains Not Broken

I was writing a post a few weeks ago when I ended up using a term I rarely think about: self-stigma. It’s not that it’s a foreign concept to me, but I don’t think I’m very comfortable using the term or understanding it well when it is used.

Conversations on Social Work Careers: Health Social Work With Donna Shanor

The New Social Worker

In this episode of Conversations on Social Work Careers, Jennifer Luna, MSSW, interviews Donna Shanor, LCSW-S, LCDC, a trailblazer in the field of health social work

Emerging Words for the Future (Fall 2022 Edition)

Social Work Futures

Over the last couple of years and through my own foresight journey (as a social worker and a human)…I’ve found emerging language regarding the future to be really interesting, illuminating, sometimes troubling, and valuable.

Whose Homework is it Anyways?

Gary Direnfeld

There’s a new crop of students, now in first year university. Among them are students whose parents carried them through high school. Now in university these students are realizing there is an increased work load and yet far more independence. Some of these students will slack off.

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International Summer School: “Gender and Leadership: Social Work Education in Southeast Europe”

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

International Summer School: “Gender and Leadership: Social Work Education in Southeast Europe”. 5– 9 September 2022, University of Prishtina.

Shelter Partners With Let It Be Us for Emergency Foster Care Program

Shelter, Inc

Shelter is proud to announce a $2,000,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to partner with Let It Be Us for a new Emergency Foster Care Program.

Childhood Anxiety at Bedtime

Gary Direnfeld

Some kids develop tremendous anxieties that emerge at bedtime. It could be of someone stealing them away, the death of a loved one, fire, etc. The origin of the fear may be unknown or it may be traceable to an actual event, be it through a friend, news report, family experience, or even just a TV show or YouTube video. Most parents will do their best to soothe their child through their fear. It is sufficient for some kids.

Homelessness is a journey that starts in the family

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Stop Abuse Campaign Gains a Champion in Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Homelessness in the US: The drivers and solutions. The knock on my front door was slow, loud, and rhythmic, like a teenager’s who knows a little tune would amuse someone on the other side.

Agile working failing to meet social workers’ needs in Scotland, finds study

Community Care

Agile working practices such as hotdesking are failing to meet social workers’ needs in Scotland and employers should review them, a study has concluded.

IFSW-AP UN Representative Addresses UN-ESCAP Committee on Social Development

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW-AP UN Representative Dr. Sebastian Cordoba (Australia) attended the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 7th Committee on Social Development during 06 – 08 September 2022. The session this year […]. IFSW UN

No One Would Want Me If They Knew the Real Disabled Me

Nnatasha Tracy

I have thought that no one would want me if they knew the real me for, oh, my whole life. It's not because I'm an ax-murderer or puppy-hater or anything; it's just because I'm me, and "me" is very messy, indeed. The inner life of a bipolar can be torture.

60 Mental Health Quotes #13

Bipolar Bandit

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Social Work England to review fees for practitioners

Community Care

Social Work England is to review the fees it charges practitioners under its new strategy, covering 2023-26.

NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending Sept. 14, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

? The family police are always finding new ways to dress up their crusade to tear apart more families in pseudo-science. As soon as one fad – predictive analytics – is debunked, they come up with another: taking “health terrorism” – extrapolating from horror stories to justify more removal of children – and slapping a more acceptable name on it: “safety science.” In The Imprint I explain why Safety Science is Good for Aviation, but in Child Welfare it Won’t Fly. ?

5 Mindfulness Activities You Can Incorporate This Week

Kylie the Creative Social Worker

Mindfulness has been trendy for a while. When I first started incorporating mindfulness activities into my lessons, I was overthinking what it was and how it worked. But mindfulness doesn’t need to be confusing or… Blog coping tools mindfulness

3 Ways Technology Can Simplify a Caseworker's Routine


If you work in human services, you may occasionally feel overburdened. Work processes that are time-consuming and intensive, as well as manual procedures for gathering, retrieving, and distributing information, result in inefficient use of a caseworker's time.

Getting to Know Ourselves Better

My Brains Not Broken

Getting to know ourselves is a lifelong journey – full of twists, turns, surprises and disappointments. What doesn’t matter to us one year could be monumentally important the next, and so on and so forth throughout our lives.

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

University of Connecticut

From the Desk of Dean Heller Dear Colleagues, Thursday, September 15, is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. This annual event celebrates the many diverse cultures and histories of Hispanic and Latinx/a/o communities.

Sobriety Chat: Patti

Living Sober

Patti Clark is an author, speaker, workshop facilitator, mother of sons. and she is sober. Click on the video or audio below to hear my Sobriety Chat with Hayley.

We Write the Songs That Make the Whole World Sing


The COVID pandemic turbo-boosted nonprofits from the analog world into the digital universe.

Book Review: Conscious Service—Ten Ways To Reclaim Your Calling, Move Beyond Burnout, and Make a Difference Without Sacrificing Yourself

The New Social Worker

Book Review of Conscious Service—Ten Ways To Reclaim Your Calling, Move Beyond Burnout, and Make a Difference Without Sacrificing Yourself

Working When You are Struggling with Mental Health

Abuse Survivor

I’d like to tell you that it’s ok to take breaks and to stop working for a little while but that’s not a reality for most people. Bills and other financial obligations don’t stop when we aren’t feeling well. This list is helpful for me and my hope is that it may help others to think about things that can help them get through a work day. Think of them as suggestions. Some tips just will not apply to your situation. Take what you will and leave the rest!

Learn the Facts About Dementia and How You Can Help

Social Work Blog

The belief that dementia is a normal part of the aging process is familiar. But it is not true. “It It is a common misconception in society that it is something we should all expect and something that happens to almost everybody,” says Natalia Shtompel, PhD, MSW. But it’s not the case.”.

A Note of Respect


Social Services Industry News Elderly/Aging Long Term Care

Fertility and Serious Illness: How to Support Patients with Reproductive Concerns


A blueprint for clinicians and the interdisciplinary team when supporting patients through conversations involving fertility and reproduction. Clinical Care Education and Training Leadership

Audio Video Diary This Week

Abuse Survivor

This week, I recorded an audio diary. I talk about how my trauma recovery is going and a bit about my work now as things have evolved. I am really having to accept myself and my capabilities instead of trying to strive for a level of functioning that just isn’t possible for me right now. My focus is and needs to always be taking care of my mental health then everything else. The goal is NOT to die.

NCCPR in The Imprint: Safety Science is Good for Aviation, But in Child Welfare, it Won’t Fly

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

A column in The Imprint last month begins by quoting an odd claim made by David Sanders, in the preface to the report of a commission he chaired. He wrote: “Child protection is perhaps the only field where some child deaths are assumed to be inevitable, no matter how hard we work to stop them.” Really? I know of no fire chief who has claimed it’s possible to prevent any child from ever dying in a fire.

A Guide to Fall Prevention For Seniors That are Aging in Place


Our friend, Kent Elliot has submitted a great guide to our blog that I wanted to share with you today. Read on to learn about fall prevention best practices that can help seniors age in place safely.

Working with the DSM 5

University of Connecticut

Jennifer Berton, PhD, LICSW, CADC-II. Monday, Oct 17, 2022. 9:30 am – 4 pm. 5 CECs. 110 – UConn SSW Alumni and Current Field Instructors. 125 – All Others. Location : Hartford Public Library, Room 026, 500 Main Street. Directions and Parking details will be included in your email confirmation. The 5th edition of the DSM brings with it some of the most significant changes between editions.

Third Season Episode 18: A conversation with Thomas Attig on his book, “Catching your breath in grief.”Third Season Episode 18:

Hospice Chaplaincy

In today’s episode, Saul talks to Dr. Thomas Attig. Dr. Attig is the author of Catching Your Breath in Grief…and grace will lead you home, The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love and How We Grieve: Relearning the World. He has written numerous articles and reviews on grief and loss, care of the […]. Articles Podcast Dr. Saul Ebema Dr. Thomas Attig Saul Ebema The Hospice Chaplaincy Show Thomas Attig

Liberty, social care detention and the law of institutions

Health & Social Care Workforce

Stephen Martineau, Research Fellow at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce at King’s College London, reviews Deprivation of Liberty in the Shadows of the Institution by Lucy Series (University of Bristol). Page numbers in brackets … Continue reading → Dementia History Law / policy Learning disabilities Mental capacity Older people Safeguarding Stephen Martineau

Helping Schools Motivate Parents to Participate in their Child’s Autism Education Plan


As a human services professional or educator, you spend a lot of time devising a great autism education plan for each of the children you care for. For these plans to prove as effective as possible, you need to make sure that the child’s parents agree with it and practice it a home.