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The social worker advocating for people with learning disabilities

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. When speaking to Elaine James, her passion for upholding the rights of people with learning disabilities is almost infectious. This is also evident in her accomplishments as the head of service for learning disabilities and preparation for adulthood at Bradford council.

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Reflecting on the Seven Types of Rest

My Brains Not Broken

After writing my most recent post about misunderstanding the meaning rest , the idea continued to sit in my mind. As I wrote in that post, it’s clear that many of us know we’re not getting enough rest. Even the people who are getting enough rest feel like they aren’t. And in the way the world has changed in recent decades, there are more reasons than ever for exhaustion.

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Turkish Social Workers Association Addresses Ongoing Psychosocial Challenges One Year After Earthquakes: Join Them in the Continuing Effort!

International Federation of Social Workers

February 6, 2023- February 6, 2024 The earthquake on February 6, 2023, marked the deadliest seismic event in Turkey since the 2010 Haiti earthquake. With magnitudes of 7.7 and 7.

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Labour ditches radical reforms as it prepares ‘bombproof’ election manifesto

The Guardian

Plans to reform social care and House of Lords are trimmed as Keir Starmer’s party opts for caution ahead of vote Labour is planning only limited first-term reforms of social care and the House of Lords and a smaller green investment plan as part of a stripped-down general election manifesto, as it seeks to make its policies “bombproof” to Tory attacks.

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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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Ethnic disparities in care proceedings: what the data says

Community Care

By Beverley Barnett-Jones Addressing ethnic inequalities in children’s social care requires an understanding of the disparities that families face, as well as the factors that shape them. The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory recently added to the evidence base by publishing a briefing paper on the ethnicity of children in care and supervision proceedings in England.

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Residential treatment: Can the scent of Pine Sol cover up the stench of abuse?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Rhode Island State Rep. Patricia Serpa says she can tell things are soooo much better at a residential treatment center because "I could smell the Pine-Sol" Ever wonder why “residential treatment centers” almost always look so good? It’s amazing how much these places, which always claim to need even more money, lavish on making sure the grounds are gorgeous the “cottages” are nicely painted and the lawns are mowed.

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Young, old and marvellous: how a care home built a nursery – and everyone thrived

The Guardian

At Belong Chester, the older residents and young children have the chance to spend each day together, and it’s led to big improvements in all their lives. What’s the secret? It is lunchtime in the bistro at Belong and half a dozen toddlers are tucking into sausage cassoulet, mash and seasonal vegetables. Anyone acquainted with the table manners of two- and three-year-olds may well be bracing themselves for carnage.

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Supporting early career social workers: lessons from Wales

Community Care

Joanne* recently completed the consolidation programme , a mandatory learning and development qualification for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in Wales. “It was a good chance to consolidate and reflect on my practice and has been transformational in many respects,” she says. “But I am glad it is out of the way.” All social workers who qualified in Wales on or after 1 April 2016 must complete the programme during their first three-year registration period.

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Empowering Voices, Shaping Futures: A Call to African Social Workers on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

International Federation of Social Workers

Dear Esteemed Social Workers in Africa, As we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, 2024, I extend heartfelt greetings to each one […]

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Music and Mental Health

Bipolar Bandit

Music has been proven to help with your mental health and overall health. Singing, songwriting, listening to music and playing an instrument are all things that you can do deal with your mental health. Ways Music helps: Connects you with your feelings Gives you a way to express yourself Boosts your mood Makes you dance Forms a community Helps you feel your feelings Increases dopamine to help with stress, depression, and anxiety Helps to figure out who you are Helps with memory Challenges your mi

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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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UK care firm charged workers from Africa thousands more than cost of visa

The Guardian

Zimbabweans say they paid large sums to Gloriavd Health Care but got far less work than expected and were squalidly housed A care company serving NHS patients has been charging migrant workers from Africa thousands of pounds to work in the UK when the cost of a visa is only a few hundred pounds, the Guardian has learned. Care workers from Zimbabwe were told to pay the sums to Gloriavd Health Care Ltd in return for arranging social care jobs in and around Leeds and Bath.

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Self-Care A-Z: F-That - Flexibility as a Form of Self-Care

The New Social Worker

When you find yourself saying “F-that,” consider taking it as an opportunity to incorporate flexibility as a form of self-care. This prioritization will likely mean approaching situations critically, assertively, and creatively.

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7 February: Join us for a Webinar on Zero Tolerance for FGM

International Federation of Social Workers

In recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), IFSW is delighted to extend an invitation to social workers and advocates across the globe to […]

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending February 6, 2024

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● Why do family police agencies so often turn a blind eye to rampant abuse in group homes and institutions. The head of the family police agency in Rhode Island gave a chilling answer. I have a column about it in Rhode Island Current ● In 2022 grandparents of an autistic boy in Kentucky couldn’t control his constant running away. All the grandparents needed was therapy for the child and help to be sure he was never out of someone’s sight.

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Here’s the moral of the victorious campaign to stop disabled people being warehoused: resistance is not futile | Frances Ryan

The Guardian

Activists and readers opposed the Bristol plan and won. Other councils should take note, and everyone should take heart Following the news in Britain feels increasingly like living the Smiths’ lyric, “Good times for a change”. The onslaught of cost-cutting, short-termist, outright nasty public policy can sometimes make it hard to believe any progress is possible.

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Ask Nicole: The #1 Misconception About Meeting Facilitators

Nicole Clark Consulting

Have a question you’d like to be featured? Let me know. Let’s get straight into it ! The #1 misconception about meeting facilitators is that they are responsible for generating buy-in to your organization’s call to action. Let’s say you want to build a partnership with organizations doing similar work to address an emerging issue [.] The post Ask Nicole: The #1 Misconception About Meeting Facilitators appeared first on Nicole Clark Consulting.

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Illinois Breaks Barriers in Mental Health Workforce, Achieving Remarkable Growth in Licensed Social Workers (LSWs)

Social Work Blog

(Chicago) Thanks in large part to a bill signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker, the number of licensed non-independent social workers has increased by 100% since Dec 1, 2021 in Illinois, exceeding the 10,000 mark for the first time. In light of severe mental health workforce shortages in the state as well as issues of diversity within the profession, this achievement is a first step to addressing an alarming shortage of mental health professionals in Illinois.

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GeriPal Podcast: The Future of Palliative Care with Diane Meier

CAPC

Listen to a podcast episode featuring CAPC's Dr. Diane Meier, and hear her prediction about the future of palliative care.

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What Are The New Government Guidelines For Children’s Mental Health?

MQ Mental Health

This week (5-11 February 2024) is Children’s Mental Health Week. The UK government recently published guidance from the department of health and social care into improving the mental health of babies, children and young people. Early years are formulative, and can set the course for mental health in later life. As the guidelines state; 75% of mental illnesses start before the age of 18 and 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.

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How to Use OARS Skills in Motivational Interviewing

Relias

Helping people change their behavior can be challenging, especially when they are unsure or conflicted about it. That’s why motivational interviewing is such a useful technique. It is based on the idea that people are more likely to change when motivated by their values and goals, rather than external pressure or persuasion. To achieve this, practitioners use techniques to build trust, empathy, and understanding with their clients.

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Matthew Smith Receives $3.16 Million Grant from NIMH

Michigan Social Work

Professor Matthew Smith has received a $3.16 million award from the National Institute of Mental Health for his project “A Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation RCT of Virtual Interview Training for Autistic Transition-Age Youth.” The project will be used to offer virtual job interview training in 16 Michigan and California schools over the next three years.

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Illinois Breaks Barriers in Mental Health Workforce, Achieving Remarkable Growth in Licensed Social Workers (LSWs)

Social Work Blog

Thanks in large part to a bill signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker, the number of licensed non-independent social workers has increased by 100 percent since Dec 1, 2021 in Illinois, exceeding the 10,000 mark for the first time. In light of severe mental health workforce shortages in the state as well as issues of diversity within the profession, this achievement is a first step to addressing an alarming shortage of mental health professionals in Illinois.

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What Are The New Government Guidelines For Children’s Mental Health?

MQ Mental Health

This week (5-11 February 2024) is Children’s Mental Health Week. The UK government recently published guidance from the department of health and social care into improving the mental health of babies, children and young people. Early years are formulative, and can set the course for mental health in later life. As the guidelines state; 75% of mental illnesses start before the age of 18 and 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.

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Routledge International handbook of Social Development, Social Work and Sustainable Development Goals

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Routledge International publications has dedicated this handbook to the IASSW Immediate Past President – Late Prof. Vimla Nadkarni who along with her colleagues from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) had written a chapter on Social Work and Sustainable Development Goals – An Indian Perspective. The post Routledge International handbook of Social Development, Social Work and Sustainable Development Goals first appeared on International Association of Schools of Social Work (IAS

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So’Phelia Morrow Writes in the New York Amsterdam News About Abuse and Finding Hope

Michigan Social Work

PhD student So’Phelia Morrow describes in a New York Amsterdam News editorial how seeing a squirrel chasing a butterfly sparked hope and inspired her to leave an abusive partner. “The moment lasted only a second, but it was long enough for me to receive the message,” she wrote. “Although I never thought much about butterflies before, at that moment, I saw it as hope.

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15 Behavioral Interview Questions for Nurses

Relias

Hiring new employees is always challenging, even when there are many seemingly qualified candidates. Hiring for roles with high turnover when the pool of candidates is shrinking — a continuing reality in nursing — is an even bigger challenge. In this article, we’ll look at how the behavioral interview technique can provide deeper insights to better inform your hiring decisions.

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The economic benefits of LENS treatment for people with anxiety

MQ Mental Health

New research from MQ and Pro Bono Economics has found that if a new treatment for anxiety, called LENS, were rolled out to the 1.4 million people in need in the UK, the improved quality of life they might experience would be as much as £2.9 billion in economic benefits. Anxiety disorders affect large parts of the population and their impact can be debilitating.

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Nurturing Professional Judgement

The Critical Blog

This is a review of Nurturing Professional Judgement by Benjamin Knight. Click on the title or the link below for more information. Nurturing Professional Judgement by Ben Knight is an inspiring, thought-provoking, and useful book. It has been inspiring for me, as it has led me to explore ways of inquring into what underpins my own, and colleagues’ professional judgement.

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CAPC Announces the Clinical Training Winners of The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge

CAPC

Winners and Honor Roll announced for the National and New York City clinical training competitions in CAPC's The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge.

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Sober Story: Rob

Living Sober

"I wish I'd sought help after my friend’s suicide instead of internalising the pain.

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Using immersive technology for mental health

MQ Mental Health

A new supportive ecosystem for UK innovators working on immersive digital mental health therapeutics is being launched. The UKRI Mindset XR Innovator Support Programme is going to be led by the Health Innovation Network (HIN) South London it was announced today. The full Mindset extended reality (XR) for digital mental health programme 2022- 2026 is a £20m investment which aims to treat more people with mental health needs by investing in Extended Reality (XR) and other immersive technologies; a

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Chapter 1: Understanding the context for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015)

The Critical Blog

This is an extract from A Critical Guide to the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 Years (2015) by Janet Goepel, Jackie Scruton and Caroline Wheatley. Click to find out more This chapter provides: an understanding of the framework for the SEND CoP within the context of past legislation and guidance; identification of the current principles underpinning the current CoP; a consideration of definitions and terminology within the field of SEND; a discussion of medical and social models of disability.

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Clinician Perspectives on Virtual Specialty Palliative Care for Patients With Advanced Illnesses

CAPC

Authors of JPM study found that while automated referrals and virtual palliative care can increase access, there are limitations in place.

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Ginger Beer

Living Sober

This authentic ginger beer is made from a large piece of fresh ginger. Delicious!

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Is Social Media Good or Bad For Mental Health?

MQ Mental Health

On 6 th February, Reclaim Social Day and Safer Internet Day both raise awareness of the importance of enjoying the internet safely and intentionally. MQ are currently facilitating an exciting new review that looks at giving clear guidelines into how we can have a mentally healthier relationship with the internet. With so many of us being active online and new social media platforms popping up frequently, is social media good or bad for mental health?