Sat.Nov 18, 2023 - Fri.Nov 24, 2023

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A Step Backward: Social Workers Weigh Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

Social Work Blog

By Deron Snyder The high court issued three rulings in June 2023 — on affirmative action, same-sex couples and student loan cancellation — that have the potential to disproportionately harm minority and disadvantaged groups. The impact on social workers and clients will be substantial. ”The Supreme Court’s impact on our lives has always been very significant,” says Rebekah Gewirtz, MPA, executive director of NASW’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters.

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Solidarity in motion: Let us work together

Reimagining Social Work

By Eileen Joy and Meryl Fraser. Earlier this month members of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal issued a plea for Justice for Palestine. Sadly we note that our plea must remain, that Palestine is still under bombardment and the genocide of Palestinians continues apace.

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‘Empowering the Next Generation: Upholding Every Child’s Rights Through Social Work and Positive Parenting

International Federation of Social Workers

The IFSW Asia-Pacific conference held two weeks ago in Cebu, the Philippines, was a vibrant center for sharing innovative ideas and transformative practices in social work.

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Introducing a community approach to practice with homelessness and addiction

Health & Social Care Workforce

This blog is the third in a series of three by The People’s Recovery Project (TPRP), a charity building sustained recovery for people experiencing homelessness and addiction.

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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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110% rise in number of asylum-seeking children in unregulated settings from 2021-23, data shows

Community Care

There was a 110% rise in the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children placed in unregulated settings from 2021-23, annual statistics on the care system have shown. The number placed in independent or semi-independent settings more than doubled, from 2,120 to 4,450. This outstripped, proportionately, the 76% increase in the number of unaccompanied children, from 4,150 to 7,290, over the same period.

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Treating Anxiety

Gary Direnfeld

About that anxiety. It referred to as a disorder because those feelings of fear are either unfounded or far greater than what is reasonable to the trigger. Given an anxiety disorder, the saying, “trust your gut,” just doesn’t hold. The nature of the disorder is to be held hostage by feelings that don’t fully fit the situation.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO HOST THE SWSD 2026 CONFERENCE

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The Joint Steering Committee, representing the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for organising and hosting the 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development (SWSD2026).

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More than half of social workers yet to renew two weeks out from registration deadline

Community Care

More than half of social workers had not completed the registration renewal process two weeks out from the 30 November deadline, Social Work England has revealed. As of 16 November, 45,875 social workers had completed their renewal application form, submitted two pieces of continuing professional development (CPD) – one of which had been reflected upon with a peer – and paid their £90 fee.

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When The Trauma is Extreme

Gary Direnfeld

I asked. She told. She spoke about her experiences with things unimaginable to most. She said that previous therapists had said her background was the most extreme they have ever heard. Hearing that, my concern was that she worried about overwhelming the therapists. I don’t know. They may have been. However, I assured her that although her experiences were indeed extreme, I have actually heard similar and worse.

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A testament to the vital role of social work in societies: Former IFSW President David Jones receives honorary doctorate

International Federation of Social Workers

On 22 November 2023, the University of London celebrated its esteemed Foundation Day, a tradition that had been part of the university’s history since 1903.

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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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Mental Health Advocate: Rosalyn Carter

Bipolar Bandit

Rosalyn Carter was not only the First Lady of Georgia and the United States, she was also a huge mental health advocate. She shared a story of a relative who had mental illness and he scared her because he would run down the street yelling. She would later share he probably just wanted friendship. He was different and back in those days I’m sure the stigma attributed to lack of knowledge and made her hide.

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How to take action and improve the public’s perception of social work

Community Care

Community Care’s Choose Social Work campaign aims to counteract the negative media coverage of the profession, and show the brilliant work social workers do every day. Read about why we’re launching this campaign , and the five steps you can take to support it. In July, as part of our Choose Social Work campaign, we published an interview with Sharon Shoesmith , director of education and children’s services at Haringey Council when the Peter Connelly case (known at the time as Baby P

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Don’t Take That Away From Him

Gary Direnfeld

His problems seemed endless. The list of problems was long and the parents were exhausting all their punishments. There was only one left, his part time job. As awful as school was and as much as he got into trouble there, no amount of punishment would make things better. That job looked like something he might work for. They wondered about taking it away.

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In Too Deep: Harm Reduction and Nightlife

inSocialWork

Zoë Beery Harm reduction approaches are gaining increased acceptance as a valuable tool in saving lives and reducing the risks associated with drug use. On today’s show, we will speak with journalist and harm reduction organizer Zoë Beery about her work helping people minimize the risks of participating in and using drugs at raves, clubs and music festivals.

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Lisbon Declaration for the development of Social Work and Humanitarian Action

International Federation of Social Workers

On November 16, 2023, in Lisbon, within the activities of the ISCTE Winter School, and as a result of the Erasmus+ INOVHUMRE project, involving partners from Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Colombia […]

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10% pay rise for thousands of care workers as government announces national living wage rise

Community Care

Many thousands of care workers in England will get a 10% pay rise next April after the government decided to increase its national living wage (NLW) from £10.42 to £11.44 an hour. The NLW will also be applied to staff aged 21 and 22, raising their wage floor from the national minimum wage (NMW), which is currently worth £10.18 an hour. As of March 2023, about 140,000 care workers in the independent sector in England (17% of the total) earned the then NLW of £9.50, according to Skills for Care

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Still Lecturing Your Teen?

Gary Direnfeld

If you are in your thirties or forties, consider what it feels like if I ask if you have put grab bars in your shower. It probably feels irrelevant at the moment. It’s just is not a consideration. Indeed, if I tried to convince you of the need before you actually need them, you will likely be annoyed with me. That is what many teens feel when we seek to advise them of how current choices can play out in their adult life.

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Last love: a romance in a care home

The Guardian

Mary and Derek weren’t the first couple to get together at Easterlea Rest Home. But those other relationships had been more like friendships – and this was something else entirely What was the song? Mary couldn’t quite remember. It was one of Mr Pepper’s classics, certainly. A ballad. Possibly You Are My Sunshine? What did it matter; the point was the voice.

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In Memory of Jim Block, MD

CAPC

Diane E. Meier, MD, and friends write a loving tribute to their longtime friend and colleague, Jim Block, MD, sharing memories and lessons learned throughout the years.

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15th consecutive rise in care population in England over past year, DfE data shows

Community Care

The care population in England has grown for a 15th consecutive year, official data shows. For the second year in succession , the increase has been driven almost entirely by increasing numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in the UK, revealed the Department for Education’s (DfE) annual looked-after children’s statistics, issued last week.

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Breaking the silence on Sexuality in Hospice Care

Hospice Chaplaincy

Anne Katz, RN, PHD Dr. Anne Katz is an award winning author, certified sexuality counselor and clinical nurse specialist in Manitoba, Canada. In the final stages of life, sexuality is often regarded as not important by health care providers.

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Third of UK carers with bad mental health have thoughts of self-harm, survey finds

The Guardian

Lib Dems call for £1bn support package to improve help for carers through access to respite care and increased carer’s allowance A third of carers with poor mental health have considered suicide or self-harm, data shows. Figures given to the Liberal Democrats by Carers UK reveal that many of the UK’s millions of carers who look after relatives have bad mental health, with some “at breaking point”.

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The value of social care in the Topol Digital Fellowship

Social Care

"Being part of the inaugural social care Topol Digital Fellows is a milestone worth celebrating. This inclusion acknowledges the pivotal role social care plays in the broader healthcare landscape." [Image created by freepik.com ] Advocating for innovation I work as Associate Director for Peverel Court Care. I assist with various responsibilities including project management and digital transformation.

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How To Look After Your Mental Health During The Holidays

MQ Mental Health

While it seems to start earlier each year, with Thanksgiving celebrated this week (23 November) and Diwali last week (13 November), the holiday season is undeniably upon us. No matter your religious beliefs or traditions, all holidays hold some similarities in the joys to be had and the difficulties we may face in many areas, particularly when it comes to mental health.

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Lisbon Declaration for the development of Social Work and Humanitarian Action in the 21st century

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

From left to right: Paulo Pedroso, Director INOVHUMRE; Antonio López Peláez, UNED-ICSW; Jorge M. Ferreira, ISCTE; Sangmok Suh, ICSW President; Annamaria Campanini, IASSW President; Joachim Mumba, IFSW President On November 16, 2023, in Lisbon, within the activities of the ISCTE Winter School, and as a result of the Erasmus+ INOVHUMRE project, involving partners from Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Colombia and Brazil [1] , the presidents of IFSW, IASSW and ICSW, and the representatives of ISCTE and UNE

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Giving Patients the Focused Attention They Deserve

CAPC

Article in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights the need for clinicians to give their patients focused attention, the current challenges preventing this, and system goals to help physicians stay present.

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AASWSW Elects New Board President and Will Induct Eight Fellows

Beyond Advocacy

Mary McKay, the outgoing President of the Board of the American Academy of Social Work and Soc i al Welfare (AASWSW), announced the results of the society’s recent elections, which selected Michael A. Lindsey as the new President of the Board and welcomed eight new AASWSW Fellows. Dr. Lindsey is Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

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DATAMIND-MQ Epidemiological Methods Workshop One Researcher’s First Experience

MQ Mental Health

In October 2023, DATAMIND hosted a workshop with MQ on Epidemiological Methods. Lead by experienced mental health epidemiologists, the workshop was one in a series aimed at supporting early career researchers who are just starting out in Data science and mental health research. This workshop focused on teaching the researchers how to apply a range of epidemiological method to typical questions in mental health research.

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Hawaii Chapter Steps Up to Help After Maui Wildfires

Social Work Blog

By Alison Laurio Wildfires on Hawaii’s Maui Island in August killed at least 114 people, forced tens of thousands of residents and tourists to evacuate, and devastated the historic resort city of Lahaina. Major news outlets on August 21 called it the “deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than 100 years.” Amid the chaos, social workers stepped up when the American Red Cross asked them to help, said NASW Hawaii Executive Director Sonja Bigalke-Bannan, MSW, LCSW.

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The new IASSW website is live

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Kindly share your recent news, announcements, reports, narratives, conference and seminar calls, conference reports, book launches and academic achievements with relevant photographs to Ms. Jenny Joy, the IASSW Communication Officer jenny@iassw-aiets.org We are building a global Social Work academic community, and we invite you to be part of building the IASSW website into a dynamic and useful resource.

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Health Systems Pursue Palliative Care Skill-Building Initiatives

CAPC

CAPC CEO, Brynn Bowman, highlights the importance of data when it comes to health care leaders investing in palliative care education.

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How to manage your finances as an unpaid carer in the UK

The Guardian

Whether you stop work completely, or reduce it, it is vital to get support About two in three UK adults are likely to become an unpaid carer at some point during their lifetime, according to the charity Carers UK. Not all will give up other work to do this but every day about 600 people do give up their jobs to look after someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill, according to the charity’s research.

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Sober Story: Kim

Living Sober

"It was a matter of time before I lost my son.

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NASW Press Holiday Sale: Save 20% Off Select Books and eBooks!

Social Work Blog

The Global Agenda, developed by the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and the International Council on Social Welfare, calls for multilevel responses to concerns such as forced migration, air pollution, ecoanxiety, and food and water insecurity. Ecosocial Work: Environmental Practice and Advocacy answers that call with chapters that include theoretical frameworks and innovative tools.

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Health Equity a Driver in New CMS Payment Models

CAPC

How CMS is integrating health equity into payment models, and the challenges in bridging the gap between policy and integration.

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