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Mounting demand for AMHPs and unmet need masked by fall in number of detentions, say service heads

Community Care

Reductions in Mental Health Act (MHA) detention numbers are masking increased demand for approved mental health professionals’ (AMHPs) services and unmet need for care. That was the warning from the AMHP Leads Network after official data showed that MHA detention numbers in England fell by 7.7% on a like-for-like basis from 2021-22 to 2022-23, following a 5.7% drop the year before.

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Oh Those Education Workers….

Gary Direnfeld

Remember those education workers who at the beginning of the pandemic, switched their approaches on a dime to as best as possible accommodate their students? These are the same ones who managed their own kids at home while doing their best to accommodate yours while on-line and in some cases, still in-person. Now these are the same people doing their best to catch those same students up academically and even socially.

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Unveiling the Hidden Struggles: Lived Experience, impact and coping amongst children of parents who use substances

The Social Care Elf

Introduction This paper, from Muir and colleagues (2023), details a systematic review exploring the lived experiences of children and young people whose parents use substances. We know from a wide range of research and policy, that parental drug and alcohol use has wide ranging impacts on young people throughout their lives, and this study, which includes the [read the full story.

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‘Grow up’ and talk about social care, Andrew Dilnot tells Labour and Tories

The Guardian

As an election approaches, both parties must end their irresponsible silence about the crisis in England, pleads the architect of funding reforms The Conservatives and Labour need to “grow up” and end an irresponsible refusal to talk about solving England’s social care crisis before the next election, the architect of seminal care reforms has warned.

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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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Children’s practitioners face duty to report sexual abuse

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Staff and volunteers working with children will face a duty to report child sexual abuse they are aware of, the government announced yesterday. Those who fail to fulfil the mandatory reporting duty face being referred to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and potentially banned from working with children.

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Social Drinker?

Gary Direnfeld

On a daily or weekly basis, how many alcoholic beverages do you consume? “I’m only a social drinker.” OK, then on a weekly basis, how often do you socialize? “Maybe three to five times a week.” OK, and when you socialize, how many beverages will you consume? “Maybe three or four.” OK, and what is your beverage of choice?

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Friendly Pastime Activities For Depression That Don’t Cost The Earth

Blurt It Out

When we have depression, it can be difficult to know what to do with ourselves. Depression saps our energy and motivation to do things, and the financial issues that can arise from our condition make cost a factor too. Finding depression-friendly pastimes, that take all of that into account, can be tricky. Doing things we enjoy can help boost our mood and self-esteem, so it is worth finding activities we’re comfortable doing when we’re unwell.

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Social worker changes undermined engagement with children later convicted of violent crimes – review

Community Care

High levels of social worker turnover undermined engagement with six young people with histories of social care involvement who were later convicted of violent offences, a review has found. The inquiry into seven children and young people charged in relation to the deaths of three others in 2021 concluded that “consistent and trustworthy relationships” with practitioners were critical to preventing needs escalating.

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The Narcissistic Ex

Gary Direnfeld

Some things are just difficult to appreciate without the experience. One of those things is life with a narcissistic ex. It’s hard to believe a former partner and coparent would so deliberately poison their kids against the other parent. It’s beyond comprehensible to think that in doing so, they would let their own kids be psychologically and emotionally destroyed by their own actions.

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14 March: Webinar on Transformative Gender-responsive Social Protections in an Eco-social World

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is delighted to announce a virtual event in support of the 68th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

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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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NCCPR news and commentary roundup, week ending February 20, 2024

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● We begin with this from The New York Times : A sweeping class-action lawsuit filed against New York City on Tuesday argues that the agency that investigates child abuse and neglect routinely engages in unconstitutional practices that traumatize the families it is charged with protecting. The lawsuit says that investigators for the Administration for Children’s Services deceive and bully their way into people’s homes, where they rifle through families’ most private spaces, strip-search children

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Green Social Work and Environmental Justice

inSocialWork

Alisa Chirico Societal values related to power and wealth, competition for resources, and exploitation of natural resources offer progress for some, but often at the expense and oppression of the most vulnerable members of our society. If social workers are going to work for change and empower vulnerable populations, it would be wise for us to lead the fight for environmental justice.

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Parenting Approaches and Influences

Gary Direnfeld

As much as parents believe they are using the best approach for their kids, most are using an approach either best suited to their own personality, or something consistent with their own growing up experiences or something chosen to be in effect, the opposite of their growing up experience. To use what is truly “best”, one must have considerable self-awareness, an ability to differentiate their needs from those of the child, a good understanding of child development and a range of st

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New article explores the Path to an Eco-Social World after the pandemic

International Federation of Social Workers

We are excited to announce the publication of an article that explores the transformation of social work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a keen focus on building […]

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Friendly Pastime Activities For Depression That Don’t Cost The Earth

Blurt It Out

When we have depression, it can be difficult to know what to do with ourselves. Depression saps our energy and motivation to do things, and the financial issues that can arise from our condition make cost a factor too. Finding depression-friendly pastimes, that take all of that into account, can be tricky. Doing things we enjoy can help boost our mood and self-esteem, so it is worth finding activities we’re comfortable doing when we’re unwell.

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MHA assessments can sometimes get seriously out of control!

The Masked AMHP

During the 1980’s and ‘90’s, as well as my day job as a social worker, I also did shifts on the out of hours service. I was on duty one evening when I got a call from the police. They had detained a man under s.

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Mental Illness: It’s Exhausting

Gary Direnfeld

It can be difficult to appreciate the impact of mental illness on one’s capacity to meet the daily demands of life and on the capacity to manage stress. Hence when expectations aren’t met or mood disrupts attitude, blame can quickly set in. Having a mental health diagnosis is like carrying additional weights on one’s back. Depending on the diagnosis and severity, that weight can be significant.

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28 February: Webinar on Navigating Conflict with Global Social Work Insights

International Federation of Social Workers

In an era where understanding and resolving conflicts have become paramount, the NASW International Committee is set to host a webinar titled “Beyond Borders: Navigating Conflict Using Insight from Global […]

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Self-Care A-Z: Self-Care During Poopy Times

The New Social Worker

We all experience poopy times. With a good enough focus and some gratitude, this, too, shall pass.

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Researcher Leads Study on Long COVID’s Effects on Mental Health and More

University of Connecticut

With a $49,000 Research Excellence Program grant from UConn’s Office of the Vice President for Research, Assistant Professor Kelsi Carolan will lead a qualitative study with a focus on individuals with long COVID in Connecticut. The term “long COVID” describes a clinical set of post-COVID symptoms that may include fatigue, shortness of breath, and cognitive dysfunction, among other effects.

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Is travel good for your mental health?

MQ Mental Health

While travel might be challenging for someone with mental illness, it can also be life-enhancing. In this personal story from Juliette Burton that has key points backed by research, we explore how one person’s mental health challenges can be improved by exploring the world. Here I am, on a plane, about to go on my first solo holiday abroad for pleasure.

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28 January: Webinar on Navigating Conflict with Global Social Work Insights

International Federation of Social Workers

In an era where understanding and resolving conflicts have become paramount, the NASW International Committee is set to host a webinar titled “Beyond Borders: Navigating Conflict Using Insight from Global […]

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How to Create a Veterans Suicide Prevention Program

Relias

To address the alarming rates of veteran suicide, it’s imperative to understand the multifaceted nature of the stressors they encounter. These stressors do not boil down to one condition or event, but represent an intricate interplay of factors that affect an individual’s overall well-being. To help those veterans how struggle with suicidal ideation, consider creating, or partnering with, a veterans suicide prevention program.

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Black Radical Healing Pathways Receives 2024 MLK Spirit Award

Michigan Social Work

The School of Social Work student group Black Radical Healing Pathways (BRHP) received a 2024 Central Campus MLK Spirit Award. MSW students Kareem Isaac, Rhianna Womack, Ataia Templeton and Kyra Smith accepted the award on behalf of BRHP; they would also like to credit alumni Joseph “Jojo” Pearson-Green, MSW ’23, and Syncere Ellis, MSW ’23, who were on the leadership team last semester.

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Understanding Polyvagal Theory

Lawson Psychology

Understanding Polyvagal Theory In the ever-evolving field of psychology, new theories and approaches frequently emerge to help us better understand the complex workings of the human mind and body. One such idea that has gained significant attention and recognition in recent years is Polyvagal Theory. Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, this theory offers insights into the ways our autonomic nervous system influences our mental and emotional well-being.

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7 March: Commonwealth Civil Society Health and Wellbeing Policy Forum 2024

International Federation of Social Workers

ACTIONABLE SOLUTIONS TO BUILDING RESILIENCE IN HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SMALL AND VULNERABLE STATES 7 March 2024 11.00-12.

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What We Mean When We Say: “I Don’t Know How I Am”

Blurt It Out

“How are you?” is a question many of us are familiar with. It’s probably the question we get asked more often than any other. Many of us automatically respond with ‘fine thanks, you?’, because that’s the response we’ve learned to give. It’s the response we heard the adults around us trot out each time they were asked how they were; they probably learned it from the adults around them.

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Daicia Price Speaks with Local New Live on Social Media and Loneliness

Michigan Social Work

Associate Clinical Professor Daicia Price spoke with Gray TV’s Local News Live about social media and loneliness. “Social Media has a role in our society,” she said, “but it is not a replacement for those intimate connections that people probably were really desiring.

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IHS Health IT Modernization Program: The Case for a Better Learning Management Platform

Relias

To improve the quality and efficiency of its healthcare delivery, the Indian Health Service (IHS) launched the Health IT Modernization Program in 2019. The program will replace outdated IT systems with a modern, integrated, and interoperable platform that can better support the needs of IHS and its patients. While this ambitious initiative includes four major components, it also presents an opportunity to modernize healthcare training delivery, which has been shown to significantly improve healt

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8th ARIISW-Shukutoku Academic Forum

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

International Social Work Beyond its Centennial Anniversary Theory Debate (Disappearance or Expansion, Reform or New Construction?) Tuesday, 27th February, 2024 , Time: 9:45 am – 5:00 pm (Japan Standard Time) , Venue: ARCADIA ICHIGAYA SHIGAKU KAIKAN (4-2-25 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo JAPAN, partially online via ZOOM) Admission free Simultaneous interpretation(Japanese/English) is available!!

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What We Mean When We Say: “I Don’t Know How I Am”

Blurt It Out

“How are you?” is a question many of us are familiar with. It’s probably the question we get asked more often than any other. Many of us automatically respond with ‘fine thanks, you?’, because that’s the response we’ve learned to give. It’s the response we heard the adults around us trot out each time they were asked how they were; they probably learned it from the adults around them.

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Shanna Katari Speaks with Marketplace About Job Discrimination Faced by Transgendered People

Michigan Social Work

Associate Professor Shanna Katari spoke with NPR’s Marketplace about job discrimination and the role it plays in the higher rates of economic hardship that transgendered people face in the U.S. “So it might not be something as explicit as ‘I’m not hiring you because you’re trans,’ but ‘I’m not hiring you because you don’t match my idea of what a woman should look like,’” they said.

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AI for Mental Health

Beautiful Voyager

Happy President’s Day to all US-based voyagers, How great is it to have a day off for no reason? Fear not, I’m using my day wisely to write you all, wherever you may be, about artificial intelligence 1 and mental health. “But wait!” you may be saying to yourself , “Isn’t AI the bad guy? Don’t we hate AI?” Some people certainly do, and many more fear what AI could become , but for now, I’m taking Hamlet’s approach: There is nothing either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

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World Social Work Day 2024—Buen Vivir in Social Work: Co-Building a Sustainable and Just Future

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

20 Mar 2024 Location: Online and in person at the CICG – The International Conference Center Geneva, Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Genève, Plenary Room F Counterpart(s): School of Social Work, Geneva (HETS-GE) / School of Social Work, Fribourg (HETS-FR) / International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) / International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) REGISTER TO ATTEND IN PERSON REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE World Social Work Day has been celebrated around the globe since 1983.

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Participate in KOMMIT ! ?

Clinical Psychology of Social Interaction

What mental health topics are important to you? Help us select the most relevant research topics! From February 22nd to March 14th, 2024, a nationwide three-week online dialogue will take place at [link]. All people aged 16 and over who have had personal experience with mental health problems or who are close to someone affected are invited to contribute their topics.