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Five Ways We Can Better Understand Our Mental Health Symptoms

My Brains Not Broken

Earlier this week on the blog, I wrote about understanding symptoms. When it comes to mental illness, many symptoms are easy to see or understand. However, many symptoms also feel impossible to see in ourselves or others. A symptom of depression for one person might not exist for someone else, but both of these people could experience depression. Mental health is complex, and understanding our symptoms (however they look) is a big step on the path toward mental wellness.

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Why Doesn’t Punishment Stop Addiction?

Gateway Foundation

Addiction is a medical condition, not a character flaw. Yet, despite the research and overwhelming evidence in favor of this position, drug addiction continues to be stigmatized. It’s crucial that we understand substance use disorder for the complex yet treatable disease that it is. It cannot be stopped through punishment or incarceration, requiring a comprehensive, therapeutic, and compassionate approach to treat it effectively.

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Mindfulness and Meditation Explained

Gary Direnfeld

Mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of one’s emotional state. Meditation is a tool to help one develop that capacity. Both are learned skills that require practice over time to develop. Many people begin thinking that Mindfulness and Meditation is like a switch you can turn on to find an immediate benefit. That would be wrong. Think of it like wanting to be a race car driver, yet you don’t even drive yet.

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World Social Work Day: the social workers crossing oceans to practise in the UK

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. In the past few years, councils in England have been investing increasingly in recruiting from overseas to address the mounting vacancies in their social work teams. Recent Social Work England (SWE) figures showed that the number of international social workers applying to work in England had risen from 611 in the 2019-20 registration year to 1,684 in 2021-22 – a 175.3% increase.

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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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Self-Care A-Z: World Social Work Day - The Importance of Self-Care for “Respecting Diversity Through Joint Social Action”

The New Social Worker

As part of this World Social Work Day celebration, we consider the key question: How does diversity affect our own self-care and, by extension, our abilities to join others in social action?

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12 Things I Learned from Teaching a New Class: Disaster Social Work – An Anti-Racist Lens

Social Work Futures

[link] Is all social work – “disaster social work” now? I have kind of had this question banging around in my head the last couple of years. I don’t have a good answer…I’ve seen things that make me debate this with myself on the regular. Slow disasters – like our variety of forms of structural violence in underfunded social care resources – and – fast disasters like pandemics, large scale climate events, and other cataclysmic events like oil

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Social workers seeing increasing poverty and greater need on back of cost of living crisis, finds BASW

Community Care

Social workers are seeing more poverty and greater need for their support on the back of the cost of living crisis, with some resorting to supporting people from their own resources. Those were among the findings of British Association of Social Workers’ (BASW) second annual survey, issued this week Most of its 1,602 respondents – social workers and students who were both members and non-members of the association – also reported struggling with their workloads with a greater p

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See me, feel me, touch me, heal me: Virtual reality and social work  

inSocialWork

Louanne Bakk, Mickey Sperlich, & Steven Sturman In today’s podcast episode, our guests — Louanne Bakk, Mickey Sperlich and Steve Sturman, who are colleagues at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW) — will provide an overview of virtual reality (VR). They share how VR can be used effectively to support learning and instruction in social work education, and imagine how VR may be used in practice.

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Oranges are not the only. career?

Social Care

Supermarket recruitment musings: "The idea that working with oranges, apples and pears could be a lifestyle choice intrigued me and made me wonder if working in social care is, or could be, a lifestyle choice too?" [Image created by freepik.com ] A fresh perspective I dawdled into my local supermarket recently and noticed a banner near the entrance advertising vacancies in store.

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What to Do If You Have a Psychiatric Emergency

Nnatasha Tracy

It's important to know what to do in the case of a psychiatric emergency. Sure, you could float along with treatment righting every issue before things get really bad. You could catch everything early. You might have a proactive psychiatrist. Or, then again, this may not be your experience. I would argue that people with serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder are just crises waiting to happen.

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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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National Social Work Week and a worldwide day of recognition

Social Work With Adults

Our mettle has been proven The most important week in the social work calendar has arrived. National Social Work Week , incorporating World Social Work Day , gives us an extended opportunity to reflect on recent history, assess the current state of our practice and ask the question ‘What next for modern, progressive, person-centred social work?’ I have to say, I feel more positive and optimistic about our wonderful profession than ever.

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After Hurricane Ian, Florida Chapter Members Volunteer to Provide Assistance, Necessities

Social Work Blog

By Alison Laurio Eighty-eight years ago what was called “The Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935” hit Florida on August 29. With winds of up to 185 mph, its pressure was the most intense of any Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record. The Lauderdale Daily News on Sept. 3, 1935, wrote the category 5 storm killed 408 people, and those “caught in the open were blasted by sand with such force that it stripped away their clothing.

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Podcast on Social Work’s ‘Constant Stream of Development’: IFSW Representatives Visit The Norwegian Association of Social Workers

International Federation of Social Workers

Last week FO, The Norwegian Association of Social Workers, hosted Ana Radulescu, IFSW European Regional President and Rory Truell, IFSW Secretary-General.

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Should We Have a Role in This Partnership?

Nicole Clark Consulting

There’s more than enough work to go around. A habit I’ve picked up from an evaluation colleague is referring prospective clients to other colleagues who may be a better fit, even if I’m interested in the project. I do this as I’d rather an organization choose the best person for their needs, rather than solely [.] The post Should We Have a Role in This Partnership?

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Where could Caden safely grow up?

National Casa Gal

Caden was assigned Dallas CASA volunteer Megan, who began visiting him and offering support to his foster family. Read More. The post Where could Caden safely grow up? appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Breaking Barriers: Relationships in the Social Work Workplace

The New Social Worker

It is normal to have stress or anxiety about moving from classroom to workplace. Connect social work knowledge with skills for building workplace relationships that support safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, voice, and cultural responsiveness.

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English councils spent £480m on ‘inadequate’ care homes in four years

The Guardian

Exclusive: Investigation finds huge sums of taxpayers’ money spent on poor quality private homes Taxpayers have spent close to half a billion pounds buying beds in the worst care homes in England in the last four years, driving profits for private investors while residents suffer unsafe treatment, a Guardian investigation has revealed. In what one affected family branded “a robbery of taxpayers’ money” and Labour said was “scandalous”, about £480m is estimated to have been spent on “inadequate”

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New book explores Ubuntu from a Social Work perspective

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is delighted to present a new book that explores Ubuntu from a Social Work perspective.

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Palliative Care in FY24 NIH Congressional Justification

CAPC

Congressional justification language from the National Institutes of Health reiterates commitment to palliative care research.

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Irish Socail Worker - Untitled Article

Irish Socail Worker

Removal of Human Rights from the CORU Code of Ethics for Social Workers (2019) By Helen Kelly, Social Worker, and Graduate of the MA in Social Work, University of Galway 2020 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of unity.” (Article 1, UN Convention of Human Rights) CORU Code of Ethics CORU Ireland, in its revised the Code of Ethics (2019) removed all references to Human Rights i

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UK’s migration bill could put thousands of children ‘into arms of criminals’

The Guardian

Children’s social services bosses in England denounce plans that will ‘irreversibly distort the care system’ Politics live - latest updates Children’s social services bosses have launched an outspoken attack on the government’s illegal migration bill, warning it could lead to thousands of youngsters in care running away “into the arms” of traffickers and criminals.

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Introducing the National CASA/GAL executive leadership team

National Casa Gal

The executive team leads National CASA/GAL’s support to and engagement with our network of 939 state organizations and local programs as well external stakeholders. Read More. The post Introducing the National CASA/GAL executive leadership team appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Sober Story: Jennifer

Living Sober

Today's Sober Story comes from Jennifer, a 67-year-old living in the Horowhenua. == Mrs D: How long have you been sober? Jennifer: I have been in recovery from my alcoholism for 24 years now. Mrs D: Congratulations! What can you tell us about your drinking history? Jennifer: My battle with alcohol started at a young age. I think I experienced […] Sober Story: Jennifer was first posted on March 25, 2023 at 11:26 am. ©2019 " Living Sober " Use of this feed is for personal non-co

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Five Ways to Streamline Your Caseload

Famcare

The demand for enhanced productivity inside teams has emerged as one of the top goals for organizations. Case managers in the human services industry are motivated to increase their caseload capacity, take on more clients, and become more involved in their local communities. However, it's reasonable to say that given the evolving nature of the human services industry and the unique problems faced by social services, simplifying your caseload may seem like a laborious task.

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‘How would you like to be in this dump?’: families’ horror at privately run UK care homes

The Guardian

Operators are pocketing large sums from councils while relatives speak of shocking conditions After watching his girlfriend suffer in a dementia home so poor that it faced possible closure, Donald Hedges reached a simple conclusion: “It’s a robbery of taxpayers’ money.” As it does for about a quarter of a million others in England, the state paid for Lilian Williams’ care.

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Tips to Enhance Your Communication About Aging During Social Work Month and Beyond

Social Work Blog

Posted March 24, 2023 March is Social Work Month, and the 2023 theme is Social Work Breaks Barriers. More than 700,000 social workers nationwide entered the profession because they have a commitment to making our communities, our country, and our world a better place for all. During Social Work Month, NASW) is spearheading efforts to increase public awareness about how social workers continue to break barriers in all communities, and how the contributions of this essential profession improve our

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Is Fantasy Football Gambling?

Gateway Foundation

In the eyes of lawmakers, fantasy football is not considered gambling. Many people believe it is a game of skill rather than luck. As a result, it can be easy to justify fantasy football gaming as a healthy outlet or harmless activity. But what might start as a fun game played between friends can quickly become problematic for someone who has previously struggled with gambling addiction.

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News Items – March 23, 2023

Social Workers Speak

Social work students celebrate Social Work Advocacy Day at the capitol through Senate Bill advocation Hilltop Views On March 3, St. Edward’s social work students attended the annual Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol. This all-day event was put on by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. It started at the LBJ Library and ended at the capitol, with almost 800 social work students and professionals attending from all across the state.

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Relatives locked out of UK care homes due to Covid call for visitor guarantee

The Guardian

Anger grows at care homes still restricting visits three years on from start of lockdowns, causing ‘extreme distress’ Families locked out of seeing loved ones in care homes during the Covid crisis have stepped up calls for a new law to prevent it happening again, amid reports of restricted visits still “causing extreme distress”. Before the third anniversary of the UK’s pandemic lockdown, people who missed the last stages of their relatives’ lives voiced anger that some care homes still deny acc

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I Remember.

Famcare

Social workers are mission-centric personalities who join the profession to do some good. For the most part they are idealists who gradually get caught up in the minutia of the large bureaucracies they work within, and their vision of a better future gets a little blurry. Every year we like to take a step back to help refocus the collective vision of the ideal future that inspired social workers to join the profession in the first place.

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Luke Shaefer Sees Dark Times Ahead For Michiganders Facing SNAP Cuts

Michigan Social Work

Professor Luke Shaefer spoke with the Michigan Advance about the “dark times” Michigan is facing given the recent cuts in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. “I want to stress how incredibly successful the expansion of the safety net was during the COVID crisis — the expansion of SNAP, extended unemployment insurance, the expanded child tax credit, as well as rental assistance,” he said,it really saved millions of families across the country, and many, many families here i

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CAPC Responds to HELP Committee RFI on Workforce

CAPC

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee requested input on strategies to address the current health care workforce shortage.

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A third of care homes in England have considered closing due to rising energy bills

The Guardian

Care England says there is ‘no justification for charging such financially crippling rates’ A third of care homes across England have considered closing during the past year because of “financially crippling” running costs, as concerns rise that gas suppliers are profiteering at the expense of small businesses. The energy regulator, Ofgem, has admitted that some suppliers may be charging small companies rates that cannot be justified by falling gas market prices.

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The Climate Justice Program of IFSW JAM Podcast

International Federation of Social Workers

New Podcast Coming Soon from the Climate Justice Program of IFSW Happy World Social Work Day, 2023!

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News Items – March 23, 2023

Social Workers Speak

Social work students celebrate Social Work Advocacy Day at the capitol through Senate Bill advocation Hilltop Views On March 3, St. Edward’s social work students attended the annual Social Work Advocacy Day at the Texas State Capitol. This all-day event was put on by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. It started at the LBJ Library and ended at the capitol, with almost 800 social work students and professionals attending from all across the state.