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Five Ways I Build Mental Wellness

My Brains Not Broken

As it is Mental Health Awareness Month , it’s a good time to share resources, tips and techniques about mental health and wellness. After a decade-plus of living with depression and anxiety, I am proud of how I’ve learned to manage my mental health challenges. However, chronic mental health issues can mean I sometimes go through my day on auto-pilot, which isn’t great for my mental health.

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Council staff offered ‘full and final’ £1,290 pay rise for 2024-25

Community Care

Employers have offered council staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland a “full and final” pay rise of £1,290 or 2.5%, whichever is higher, in 2024-25. They said that the offer, which will be topped up for those working in London and pro rated for part-time employees, was at the limits of affordability for councils. It is worth about 3-4% for social workers (see box).

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Attachment Theory Through Three Examples

Gary Direnfeld

The baby goes wah. It’s the parent’s job to figure out why so that they may soothe the child. The parent often checks the diaper first. It’s quick and easy. Assuming a clean diaper and the baby is still in distress, the parent tries to feed the child, wondering if hungry. However, in this case the child continues to wah. Not sure what to do next, the parent lifts the child in the air and goes, “Cootchi coo.” With that, the child settles.

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Successful lobbying leads to payments for social work students on placement

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW congratulates the Australian Association of Social Workers, the Australian Council of Heads of Social Work Education, and all other involved parties for their successful lobbying of government ministers to […]

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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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Revealed: thousands of ‘innocent and abandoned’ migrant care workers told to leave UK

The Guardian

Observer and Bureau of Investigative Journalism find that workers whose sponsoring company had been sanctioned were also being punished Thousands of migrant care workers have been threatened with deportation, despite doing nothing wrong, after the Home Office took enforcement action against their employers. In one case, a brother and sister from India who paid a recruitment agency £18,000 to secure care jobs in the UK, only to find they had been scammed, were told they must find another company

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Agency social work price caps will not come into force until spring 2025

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Regional caps on the amount that councils should pay agencies to hire social workers will not come into force until spring 2025, the Department for Education (DfE) has said. This is a year later than the original planned start date for the DfE’s rules to curb local authorities’ use of locum practitioners in children’s services, which are designed to reduce cost and improve

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#SWFuturesForum2024 and The Future of Social Work

Stuck on Socialwork

It has been about two years since I posted something. My disappearance has been due to starting my Doctorate in Social Work about two years ago. What made me reappear? A conference about the future of social work. This is confluence of events for me as I have spent this semester narrowing the scope of.

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Movement Is Hope: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

MQ Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is Movement for Mental Health. In this article, MQ staff member Juliette Burton (pictured above) explains why her mental health lived experience has led to her movement – running to raise money for mental health research and why it matters so much to her. Research is Key Movement starts with hope. My mental illnesses led me to some hopeless times.

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Councils invited to sign up to scheme to highlight racial inequalities in social care workforce

Community Care

English councils have been invited to sign up to a scheme to highlight, and thereby tackle, racial inequalities in their social care workforces. Skills for Care has opened registration for the 2024-25 social care-workforce race equality standard (SC-WRES) , under which councils collect data on nine metrics comparing outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and white colleagues.

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Those @#!$* Video Games!

Gary Direnfeld

So many parents seem befuddled, not knowing what to do when their child is hooked on video games. They spend considerable time negotiating, coaching, goading, yelling, screaming and threatening. If the child cannot stop their play and is resistant to any of those approaches, the real solution is to cut off their supply. It’s important to appreciate that gaming can be compared to any substance addiction.

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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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Ministers clawing back £251m from carers hit by DWP’s allowance failures

The Guardian

‘Strikingly large’ sum being recouped from people who fell foul of system that did not flag overpayments Ministers are clawing back more than £250m from unpaid carers over benefit infringements that occurred largely as a result of government failures, it can be revealed. More than 134,000 people who care for loved ones are being forced to repay often huge carer’s allowance overpayments.

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Movement Is Stillness: Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

MQ Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, the theme is Movement for Mental Health. In this article, MQ Ambassador, athlete, LGBTQ advocate and author Amazin LeThi shares with our staff writer how movement has been an integral part of her mental health journey. Moving Through Childhood Like a lot of kids, I started moving and doing athletics at a very young age, I must have been about five.

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Revised MCA code of practice ‘still under discussion’ two years after consultation on changes

Community Care

Revisions to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice are still under discussion two years after proposed changes were consulted upon. That was the message from care minister Helen Whately in response to a parliamentary question from shadow justice minister Alex Cunningham earlier this month. Cunningham had asked if a revised code would be published before the election , due by January 2025 but expected to take place in the autumn of this year.

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IFSW Longstanding Leader Honoured with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Social Care’

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW long-term volunteer and leader Nigel Hall has just been awarded the ‘Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Social Care’ by the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards on 11 May 2024 […]

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Ministers knew about carer’s allowance problems three years ago, report reveals

The Guardian

Suppressed DWP study told of hardship endured by carers forced to repay thousands after minor allowance breaches Ministers were warned three years ago that unpaid carers were being treated unfairly and forced to repay huge sums for minor benefit breaches, a long suppressed government report has revealed. A Department for Work and Pensions document presented to politicians in 2021 detailed how carers – the majority of whom were on low incomes and spending 65 hours a week caring for loved ones – e

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Odessa Gonzalez Benson Joins Editorial Board of Social Service Review

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Odessa Gonzalez Benson has joined the editorial board of Social Service Review. The journal publishes original research on social issues, social welfare policy and social work practice. Established in 1927, it is the oldest continually published social welfare journal in the U.S.

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Social workers doing more with less, seeing increased need and weighed down by admin, finds health check

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Social workers are doing more with less, seeing increased need and weighed down by administrative work, a survey of just over 7,000 practitioners has found. Practitioners also feel less valued and supported by their employers and are more likely to quit their roles over the next 12 months than was the case a year ago, found the latest Local Government Association ‘health check’,

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Nursing Maneuvers for Shoulder Dystocia

Relias

Though relatively rare, shoulder dystocia can cause serious complications if not addressed quickly and effectively. To protect the health of both parents and infants, obstetric care teams must have a robust shoulder dystocia management plan in place. They must also continuously improve their shoulder dystocia preparation and management skills. In this article, we’ll review nursing maneuvers for shoulder dystocia and the key role nurses play in shoulder dystocia cases.

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Ministers apologise and return £7,000 in benefits to woman, 93, with dementia

The Guardian

Exclusive: Elderly woman was allowed to run up debts in ‘disturbing’ case, the latest to emerge in Guardian investigation Government ministers have formally apologised and repaid £7,000 to a 93-year-old woman whom they held responsible for running up benefits overpayment debts even though they were told she had dementia and was unable to manage her affairs.

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IFSW Represented at Global UN Civil Society Conference

International Federation of Social Workers

At the United Nations Civil Society Conference held in Nairobi on May 9 – 10, IFSW was represented by former African Regional President and Global Vice President Charles Mbugua, of […]

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Your Social Work Career Coach — A Message for Our Social Work Graduates: Your Legacy Starts Here

The New Social Worker

As you step into the world with knowledge and a passion to make a difference, remember that your legacy starts now. Every choice you make, every relationship you build, and every challenge you overcome contributes to the lasting impact you will have.

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Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer: ASCO Guideline Update

CAPC

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated its clinical guidelines, which provide evidence-based guidance on integrating palliative care into standard oncology for all people diagnosed with cancer.

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NCCPR in The Imprint: Rhode Island Public Officials’ Solutions to Abuse in Residential Treatment Centers: Dumb and Dumber

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There’s a scandal involving horrific abuse at a residential treatment center. No, not the one in Arizona, or the one in Kentucky, or the one in Tennessee, or Indiana, or Utah, or Oklahoma, or Washington state or Arkansas, or Connecticut or — well, you get the idea. This time it’s Rhode Island. But don’t worry.

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Carer’s allowance report a vivid insight into failings of an unfit system

The Guardian

Little wonder welfare ministers were so reluctant the publish the study they commissioned five years ago There are plenty of reasons why welfare ministers were reluctant to publish the study they commissioned into unpaid carers’ experiences of carer’s allowance five years ago, and which has finally emerged under duress. In 2019 they had undoubtedly been chastened by criticism from MPs and auditors that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) did not understand how a relatively little known be

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What About Social Justice? Wage Equity for Social Workers

The New Social Worker

It is important to recognize that approximately half of degreed social workers are earning less than the median yearly income. As a result, many social workers are living below the living wage needed to support a household of two or more persons.

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Patients Fare Better When They Get Palliative Care Sooner, Not Later

CAPC

An opinion piece in Scientific American discusses the benefits of palliative care for the author's mother, stating she wishes it was offered earlier in her mom's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis.

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NCCPR in the New York Daily News: Don’t bail out agencies that didn’t stop abuse

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

It was 49 years today when a groundbreaking investigative series in the Daily News told a story that had been hidden for a century or more: Cloaked in a veneer of benevolence, New York’s private foster care agencies were deliberately prolonging the time children languished in foster care because their huge, mostly taxpayer-funded budgets were based on payments for each day they kept the children in their “care.

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An Interview with a Murderer

The Masked AMHP

Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), social workers were often called upon by the police to attend interviews of children and vulnerable adults if a parent or other suitable person was not available.

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Cost of dementia to UK could almost double to £91bn by 2040, study finds

The Guardian

‘Colossal’ costs of disease include health and social care as well as societal costs such as legal fees and lost economic consumption Dementia could cost the UK almost £91bn a year by 2040, as the number of people affected rises inexorably, a study has found. The “colossal” costs of the disease are likely to more than double from an already “staggering” £42.5bn today to £90.6bn, according to research undertaken for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Access to Accredited Facilities for Cancer Treatment

CAPC

With Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance expansions, there was improved access to cancer surgeries at National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers (NCI-CCC) and Commission on Cancer-accredited Hospitals (CoC) in Pennsylvania.

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Ashley Cureton Receives 2024 Lester Monts Award

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Ashley Cureton has received the 2024 Lester Monts Award from the U-M Center for Educational Outreach. The Lester Monts Award is a distinguished honor for faculty and staff who have collaborated with our team and contributed exceptionally to advancing educational outreach on campus and beyond. Cureton was selected for her inspiring commitment to initiatives including the Michigan Pre-College and Youth Conference, and Raise Scholars; the development of new collaborations with s

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Late Notice Policy: Understanding the Value of Your Time and Therapist’s Commitment

Prosper Health Collective

At Prosper Health Collective, our mission revolves around your well-being, ensuring you have the support you need to flourish and thrive. As part of our commitment to your care, we want to talk about our late notice policy and why it matters. We get it—nobody likes unexpected fees. But let’s take a moment to explore why this policy exists and how it benefits both you and us.

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Kate Garraway: persecution of carers has ‘horrible echo’ of Post Office scandal

The Guardian

Presenter, who cared for late husband, said she was approached by people in street pleading for intervention The TV presenter Kate Garraway has said the UK government’s prosecution of unpaid carers for thousands of pounds in benefit payments has a “horrible echo” of the Post Office scandal. In an emotional intervention on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Garraway said many people had pleaded with her to “please do something” to help those being pursued by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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Providing Culturally Sensitive Palliative Care to Children with Cancer

CAPC

An interview in ASCO Post highlights the importance of holistic and culturally sensitive care for children living with serious illness, and their families.

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Katie Schultz Awarded Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Professor Katie Schultz is a principal investigator on a recently awarded R01 grant, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This longitudinal, mixed methods study will examine changes in the social networks of American Indian youth across adolescence and collect community-level social network data to identify optimal timing and strategies for culturally grounded prevention of substance use, suicide and exposure to violence at the micro (individual) and macro (community) levels