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Social Work Can Play a Critical Role in Pain Management

Social Work Blog

By Paul R. Pace Social worker Jennifer Kljajic lost her brother to suicide when he was tapered off from opioids too quickly after taking them as prescribed for years due to a chronic pain condition in 2018. It was not until a year later that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published guidelines that warned against fast tapering due to the risk of suicide.

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Journalist Turned Social Worker?

Swhelper

Georgiana Ndlovu You might not think it at first but I’d argue that my former life as a reporter has held me in good stead to pursue my next career as a future social worker. Yes, really, and here is why! Some 25 years ago as a 15 year old school pupil with an endless supply of […] View Full Article - Journalist Turned Social Worker?

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Understanding the different types of therapy

Lawson Psychology

The post Understanding the different types of therapy appeared first on Lawson Clinical Psychology.

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Social work diary: ‘Why I introduce myself as a social worker, not a manager’

Community Care

Have you ever sat in a meeting where everyone is asked to go around the table (albeit virtual) and state who they are? Everyone gives their name and their job title, but is that who they really are? At what stage does someone stop being seen as a social worker and only seen as a manager? I have noticed that if I introduce myself by name and state my profession is social work but I am also a manager, people will look at me strangely.

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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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Disconnect Bridged: Getting Closer in Your Relationship

Gary Direnfeld

She thought him self-centered. He thought her a complainer. He hailed from a family where dad abandoned him and his mother, when he was an infant. Grandmother, a widow, took care of him much of the time, feeling guity for his situation. Given his mom was hard working and grandmother aging, as he got older he was simply left much to his own to manage.

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Sitting With Feelings That Won’t Go Away

My Brains Not Broken

After writing earlier this week about how my mental health catches me off guard , I wanted to build on that message and have some tips and techniques for people to use when the same thing happens to them. But before I could dive into that, I had a few thoughts that were nagging at me. I understood how these things catch me off guard, but I couldn’t understand why.

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Placements ‘do not exist’ for asylum-seeking children in hotels – ADCS

Community Care

Care placements “just do not exist” to take in asylum-seeking children currently placed in hotels, children’s services directors have warned. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) issued the message after the government disclosed that 200 unaccompanied children remained missing after being placed in hotels after arriving in the UK.

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Couple Counseling? Maybe in time….

Gary Direnfeld

I recently declined two requests for couple counseling. I always screen referrals for domestic violence as well as substance use. I ask a series of questions that can continue depending on the answers. Therein we can develop a risk profile for the likelihood of future violence. Couple counseling can be an intense setting where issues are laid bare. If a partner discloses issues of violence or abuse, it can upset the other who engages in such behavior.

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When Mental Health Catches Us Off Guard

My Brains Not Broken

Life has its ups and downs, and mental health is no different. There are times when I feel like my mental wellness is in the best place it’s ever been. Other times…not so much. Most of my time is spent bouncing somewhere in between these two extremes, but highs and lows are part of life. I’m used to dealing with these highs and lows, but part of that familiarity is what I’ve learned from previous experiences.

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Distractions to cope with a busy brain

Blurt It Out

Sometimes, our brain is far too busy. As thoughts stack up, creating a never-ending whizzy-blur, distractions can help us cope. We might struggle to avoid self-damaging behaviours or grapple with dark thoughts. Perhaps we feel overwhelmed, anxious, or restless. Alongside self-care, self-help, and support from loved ones and/or professionals, sometimes we just need to ride.

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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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Cafcass ‘imposes’ 2.5% pay deal on staff without agreement, say unions

Community Care

Cafcass has imposed its 2.51% salary offer on staff without agreement, unions have said. Following inconclusive talks brokered by mediation service ACAS, the family courts body has implemented its offer for 2022-23 without resolving its pay dispute and in the face of overwhelming opposition from union members, said Napo and UNISON. However, the unions said that, as far as they were concerned, the dispute was not over.

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What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

Gary Direnfeld

Take pride in the child who wants to be a chef, a carpenter, a plumber, a dancer, a musician… The issue is finding a passion and supporting it. If they have found it, let them run with it. Let them explore. Get out of their way. Point them towards where they may gather experience. Let them try, reach. Therein they have purpose. It need not be easy.

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Vulnerable woman lay dead in Surrey flat for more than three years

The Guardian

Laura Winham, 38, had severe mental illnesses and was ‘abandoned’ by NHS and social services, family allege A severely mentally ill woman whose dead body lay in her home unnoticed for more than three years was effectively “abandoned and left to die” by NHS and social services who missed repeated chances to save her, her family has alleged. Laura Winham, 38, had schizophrenia, struggled to look after herself, and had become estranged from her family.

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending January 25, 2022

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● The Imprint has a good round-up of research documenting the confusion of poverty with neglect. Raise the minimum wage and you reduce what family policing agencies call “neglect.” Increase SNAP benefits: Less “neglect.” Expand Medicaid: Less “neglect.” Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit: Less “neglect.” As the story puts it: Notably, the type of public benefits offered doesn’t seem to make a difference.

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Call for abstract: ICSD 2023 Biennial Conference

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Call for abstract: ICSD 2023 Biennial Conference Conference theme: Social Development in times of crisis: Challenges and responses The conference will be held as a hybrid conference from 23 to 25 August 2023 The conference is organized and structured into three main tracks – Planet in Crisis, Health and Wellbeing, and Peace and Stability. Topic Areas of Particular Interest We are looking for contributions within and across the outlined tracks that address the following topics: Degrowth and

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Mixing In On Your Ex’s New Life – Don’t Do It!

Gary Direnfeld

She thought she would do his new girlfriend a favor. She decided to tell her he was a narcissist. She just wanted to warn him. You know, a sisters thing. Trouble is, it backfired. The new girlfriend was still in the charming and love bombing phase with him. She loved this guy. Next to her previous boyfriend she thought he was amazing. The new girlfriend had already totally bought it when he explained his ex was crazy, so when she called to warn her of him, it was just taken as evidence of her cr

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‘They just vanish’: whistleblowers met by wall of complacency over missing migrant children

The Guardian

As scores of youngsters are disappearing from hotels run by the Home Office and being trafficked across the country, sources claims warnings over their safety were ignored On the first day of April, 17-year-old Wassim Hamam* disappeared near the bustling centre of Hove. He was never seen again. Days later another teenager, Burim Markaj, 16, vanished nearby.

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New Peripartum Depression Study Shows Gap Between Screening and Outcomes

Relias

On Maternal Health Awareness Day , I would like to bring awareness to the publication of our peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine , “ Improving maternal mental health: Assessing the extent of screening and training about peripartum depression.” In this article, we examined results from our recent peripartum depression study, co-authored by researchers and clinicians at Relias.

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Worst Advice for Bipolar I’ve Ever Received

Nnatasha Tracy

I focus on good advice for bipolar disorder here, but whoah boy, have I also received some of the worst advice for bipolar disorder you can imagine. This advice has come from loved ones, natural medicine practitioners, and even a psychiatrist. However, just because the advice comes from someone you respect doesn't mean it's good advice. Here is some of the worst advice for bipolar I've ever received.

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Social Work in Afghanistan

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo: ASO board members with IFSW representatives in Kabul During their visit, IFSW representatives are learning from the highly skilled and committed members of the Afghanistan Social Workers Organisation who […]

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Home Office accused of ‘dereliction of duty’ over missing child asylum seekers

The Guardian

Unclear who has legal responsibility for children placed in hotels, after dozens abducted from street in Brighton Ministers have been accused of a “dereliction of duty” over their failure to find 76 child asylum seekers who have gone missing from a Brighton hotel managed by the Home Office. The accusation came during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday after an Observer investigation that cited child protection sources and a whistleblower working for a Home Office contractor, who described how you

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Create Your Board of Directors Balance & Alignment Plan

Nicole Clark Consulting

Find balance AND alignment. The decisions your board of directors makes not only influences your organization’s growth, but impacts how your staff does its job. When a board can’t function, it’s due to one or more of these issues. When these issues arise, it’s time to develop a plan for addressing them. I’ve been increasingly [.] The post Create Your Board of Directors Balance & Alignment Plan appeared first on Nicole Clark Consulting.

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Managing infections - don’t forget about the indoor air in your care home

Social Care

As winter takes hold, it is tempting to try and keep residents warm and fuel costs lower by hunkering down until the weather gets warmer. But keeping all the windows and doors shut may not be the best idea: homes need ventilation and care homes are no different. Professor Cath Noakes and fellow experts give the reasons a good airing. Good ventilation reduces infection risks and can improve the health and well-being of people living, visiting or working in care homes.

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Book Review: Essential Ethics for Social Work Practice

The New Social Worker

In Essential Ethics for Social Work Practice, Barsky discusses the intent of the text as providing concise guidance for generalist level practitioners. He upholds this assertion throughout the text. Read our review.

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Ministers order ‘rapid review’ into mental health inpatient care in England

The Guardian

Dr Geraldine Strathdee to investigate care units after series of scandals involving abuse or neglect of vulnerable patients Ministers have ordered an inquiry into the quality of care in mental health inpatient units in England after a series of scandals in which vulnerable patients were abused or neglected. Maria Caulfield, the mental health minister, announced the establishment of a “rapid review” in a written ministerial statement in the House of Commons on Monday.

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I travel with teabags

Living Sober

It was midnight at the party and someone said "I'm putting the jug on, does anyone want a hot drink?". OMG yes I thought and called out "Me please!!!" before heading over to my bag to fetch one of the tea bags I had stashed in there earlier. Yes, I was at a party at midnight. And yes, I had […] I travel with teabags was first posted on January 26, 2023 at 7:50 pm. ©2019 " Living Sober " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only.

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Understanding the different types of therapy

Lawson Psychology

Understanding the different types of therapy If you are considering starting therapy, you may have done a Google search and found that lots of different types of therapy exist. Or, you might already be seeing a psychologist and they have introduced a strategy or concept that comes from a particular approach. But what exactly do all these types of therapy mean?

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Building a Mental Health Crisis System Beyond 988: Social Workers’ Ethical Obligation

The New Social Worker

Our nation has criminalized mental illness. To ensure people are served by the mental health system, not public safety or emergency departments, requires social workers to champion the importance of building the full continuum of crisis services.

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C of E leaders call for tax rises to fund NHS-style social care system

The Guardian

Archbishops of Canterbury and York say ‘national care covenant’ needed with stronger role for state England’s most senior church leaders want tax rises to fund a new NHS-style universal social care system that could cost an extra £15bn a year. In a challenge to the government to overhaul support for 1 million elderly and disabled people, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a “national care covenant” with a stronger role for the state and citizens delivering more care.

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The National CASA/GAL Association for Children elects James Rishwain as board of trustees chair

National Casa Gal

“The mission of National CASA/GAL is close to my heart.” --James Rishwain Read More. The post The National CASA/GAL Association for Children elects James Rishwain as board of trustees chair appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Time Blindness

Parenthood Understood

Time Blindness is a term coined by Russell Barkley (ADHD researcher and author.) It refers to the difficulty that people with ADHD have with keeping a sense of time in their mind. He also calls it ‘nearsighted for the future.’ People with ADHD tend to live “in the now” and as such, the present moment hijacks their attention, their intentions, and their actions, despite what the clock says or what their previous plans may have been.

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Andrea Mora Receives Grand Challenges for Social Work Fellowship

Michigan Social Work

Andrea Mora, PhD student Social Work and Developmental Psychology, is one of the Grand Challenges for Social Work's inaugural cohort of fellowship awardees. In addition to supporting policy and practice proposals, the fellowships also broaden the pipeline of social workers equipped for and committed to tackling and surmounting the Grand Challenges. Mora’s research proposal is entitled: “Build Healthy Relationships to End Violence: Protective factors for exposure to community violence and neighbo

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Manchester to open two homes for vulnerable children stuck in hospital

The Guardian

City council aims to undercut private operators and house children with complex needs rejected by other homes Manchester city council is setting up two special children’s homes to house the increasing number of vulnerable young people who end up stuck in hospital because no residential providers will take them. The homes, believed to be the first of their kind, aim to undercut private operators which sometimes demand tens of thousands of pounds each week to look after children with the most comp

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The principles of delegated healthcare

Social Care

Deborah Sturdy: Anyone who knows me well will be aware of my mission to expand the already impressive skills sets of social care nurses. The further embedding of delegated healthcare interventions in the care workforce in England represents our ongoing initiative to marry social care experience with clinical excellence to deliver enhanced, high quality and consistent care.

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New Year's Resolutions

American Board of Clinical Social Work

You … and some of your clients … have set goals for 2023 in the form of obligatory “New Year’s Resolutions” … many of which may be broken prior to January 30. Have you considered setting up some mini-goals to assist in the process? If resolutions are established annually, why not divide things up into more manageable monthly goals? Generally speaking, we declare a resolution as a means to improve a particular aspect of life that requires attention, often, as an aim to improve health, i.e. drin

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