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Adult social worker numbers hit record high on back of funding rise

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Adult social worker numbers in local authorities hit a record high last year, official figures show. English councils increased their headcount of adult social workers, including agency staff, from 17,300 to 18,500 in the year to September 2023, a 7% boost, according to annual statistics released this week by Skills for Care.

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JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on SocialWelfare in Asia and the Pacific Rim 2024

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The Japan College of Social Work and the University of New South Wales is co-hosting a joint workshop on field education. It is also supported by JASWE. It is a hybrid event (at JCSW, UNSW and online) and completely free with simultaneous interpretation. Date is March 2, 2014 and time is 11:00 AM 3:00 PM(SYD) / 09:00 AM-1:00 PM(TYO) For registration, Please apply by February 29.☞ [link] For more details click here : JCSW/UNSW International Seminar The post JCSW/UNSW International Seminar on Soci

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Moving Social Work: it means what it says!

Social Work With Adults

"Moving Social Work focuses on increasing physical activity [opportunities for disabled people] and the benefits this generates for mind and body." [Image created by freepik.com ] Equality of opportunity Modern social work is many things, but one of its central tenets involves the belief that everyone should have access to the same opportunities to live full, active, healthy lives, regardless of circumstance and background.

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What are the latest developments in research into depression?

MQ Mental Health

In this webinar, presented by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and hosted by MQ’s own Director of Research Partnerships and Development Emily Wheeler, we heard from some experts into what the latest developments have been in the area of depression research. Michael Browning , Professor of Computational Psychiatry at Oxford University talked about his research into the mechanisms and treatment for depression, and his work running a clinic for people with depression that

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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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How equipped is children’s social work for digital safeguarding?

Community Care

By Corinne May-Chahal and Sarah Carlick Many think digital safeguarding is about staying safe online but it means much more. Our work seeks to develop innovative ways in which children and young people can digitally and safely self-refer to children’s social care, allowing them to communicate harms and experiences in real time. Such a digital front door would support frontline practitioners to manage risk in real time and build better relationships with their communities.

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Officials in two states that routinely destroy Native American families make their position clear: We don’t care, we don’t have to.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

South Dakota tears apart families at a rate well above the national average. Native American children are 13% of the child population and 74% of the foster child population. But hey, a slogan is a slogan, right? There were two important news stories last week from states that destroy astounding numbers of Native American families every year. The stories make one thing clear: State officials and many state lawmakers don’t give a damn about it. ● Montana continually vies with West Virginia for the

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Celebrating support workers

Social Care

Support workers are the backbone of health and social care organisations, providing year-round care for service users, patients and residents. Leanne Flint joined Cygnet Healthcare as a support worker in 2008. Here, she writes about the training and personal development which has helped her progress. Leanne takes a positive approach to life's challenges.

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How to Join the Slack Channel for Overthinkers

Beautiful Voyager

Meet real humans. Not friendly bots. Have you heard of the group chat platform called Slack ? If yes, read on for how to join the Beautiful Voyager Slack community. If not, here’s a short video that introduces the concept: Increasingly, Slack has becoming a way for special interest groups to gather, meet, and “talk” (virtually) about whatever’s on their mind.

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Fostering Collective Growth for Social Workers: Highlights from the International Social Work Week 2024 at HAN University

International Federation of Social Workers

HAN University hosted International Social Work Week 2024, providing an enriching platform for students to collaborate, learn and develop with colleagues from different countries.

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How Improv theater is like therapy | NASW Member Voices

Social Work Blog

By Marisa Markowtiz, LMSW, CASAC-T The National Institute of Mental Health defines specific phobia as an intense, irrational fear that poses little or no actual danger. Approximately seven to nine percent of the United States population experience specific phobias. Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, affects up to 75 percent of the population.

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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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Care homes in England reject vulnerable children to protect Ofsted ratings

The Guardian

Young people with complex needs face long waits for places because providers fear negative watchdog reports Some care homes in England are refusing to take children with complex needs because they are worried it might affect their Ofsted inspection ratings, fuelling concern that vulnerable young people in the social care system are having to wait months or even years for a stable home.

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Social Work Tech Talk: Facing Up to Facial Recognition

The New Social Worker

The future is here. Facial recognition is used in everyday tasks like unlocking your phone and in more weighty situations, such as providing suspect matches in law enforcement. When it gets it wrong, the cost can be high.

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The Association of Social Workers from Bulgaria is working with the Ministry of Health to create a strategy to facilitate the employment of social workers in hospitals

International Federation of Social Workers

The Association of Social Workers from Bulgaria, represented by Valio Hristov, Diana Petrova, and Ivailo Milanov, together with Ana Rădulescu (President of IFSW Europe) and Herbert Paulischin (Representative of the […]

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending February 13, 2024

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● There was excellent reporting this week on two states that destroy astounding numbers of Native American families every year, and the state officials who don’t give a damn about it. I have a short blog post about it, including links to excellent reporting from the Montana Free Press , South Dakota Searchlight and the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader. ● Remember the children who were torn from their parents and thrown into foster care because the parents committed the crime of Driving While Black?

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Relatives decry undertakers’ Valentine’s cards sent to care home residents

The Guardian

Whitegates Care Centre defends distributing the funeral directors’ cards, described by one relative as ‘appalling’ A firm of funeral directors sent Valentine’s Day cards to residents of a care home, in what has been described as an “appalling stunt” that the undertakers have admitted was “misjudged”. The cards sent to Whitegates Care Centre in Surrey were decorated with a red heart and a pink bow, the Sun reported , and bore the words: “Sent with love from TH Sanders & Sons.

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Social Work Tech Talk: Facing Up to Facial Recognition

The New Social Worker

The future is here. Facial recognition is used in everyday tasks like unlocking your phone and in more weighty situations, such as providing suspect matches in law enforcement. When it gets it wrong, the cost can be high.

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Palliative Care and Hospital Transfers in Veterans Treated in Telecritical Care-Supported ICUs

CAPC

Study examines the correlation between palliative care utilization and hospital transfers for veterans in telecritical care-supported intensive care units (ICUs) vs. non-telecritical care intensive care units.

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The little girl with the rat on her shoulder: a case study of Lewy Body Dementia

The Masked AMHP

Certain forms of dementia, such as Lewy Body Dementia, can produce the most vivid and outlandish of hallucinations in older people. One man I had to assess was troubled because “there are 3,474,263 people in my room, and they won’t go away.” Another elderly man I assessed had pulled up his fitted carpet and piled all his furniture in the corner of the room.

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NASW amicus brief helps lead to court ordering children removed from Louisiana Angola Prison

Social Work Blog

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), including our Louisiana Chapter, along with six other organizations, in November 2023 filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Through our brief, NASW opposes the placement of children in adult prisons and supports the removal of children from Angola Prison, an adult maximum-security prison in Louisiana.

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Choosing Your Community Partners Wisely

Nicole Clark Consulting

While building a partnership with other organizations, engaging the right participants is crucial to facilitating a process that’s mutually beneficial. Your organization knows the key community players who are doing the same work, whose work is adjacent to yours, or whose work is in another areas but they can champion your work. A facilitator may [.

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Can Self-Care Improve Mental Health? 10 Ways to Show Yourself Love This Valentine’s Day

MQ Mental Health

On Valentine’s Day and every day, the most important relationship we can have is with ourselves. Learning to love who we are is a challenge for many of us, whether we live with mental illness or not. Self-love means giving attention to yourself, accepting yourself, caring for and protecting yourself. It might feel harder to do this on a day of the year dedicated to love.

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The Power of Conscious Habits (Guest Post)

Living Sober

The things I do each day have the capacity to lead me either down a path of wellbeing, or down the path of 'dis-ease'.

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How to Support State Palliative Care Payment Policy Discussions

CAPC

Palliative care policy experts provide an overview of recent updates at the state level and share tips to increase effectiveness when working with state policymakers.

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Shanna Kattari Interviewed on PBS NewsHour Weekend

Michigan Social Work

Associate Professor Shanna Kattari was interviewed on PBS NewsHour Weekend in a segment on the challenges of love and dating while living with disabilities. “I think nondisabled people really buy into a lot of the notions that have been perpetuated around disability and disabled people, such as disabled folks are all asexual, which is not true,” said Kattari.

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2 March: International Seminar on Social Welfare in Asia and the Pacific Rim

International Federation of Social Workers

The Japan College of Social Work (JCSW) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are proud to announce the upcoming International Seminar on Social Welfare in Asia and the […]

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Nurse Depression and Anxiety: Stopping the Mental Health Crisis

Relias

Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, providing essential care and support to patients and their families. They are also exposed to high levels of stress, trauma, and burnout, which can take a toll on their mental health. According to a recent American Nurses Association survey , 30% of nurses — nearly one-third — said they are “not emotionally healthy” or “not at all emotionally healthy,” with an increasing number of nurses struggling with depression or anxiety.

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Videos Help Increase Communication of Care Goals for Hospitalized Older Adults

CAPC

JAMA Network study found a correlation between viewing plain-language videos and increased communication of care goals for hospitalized older adults.

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Intervals by Marianne Brooker review – a daughter’s angry and profound memorial to her mother

The Guardian

The author’s singular account of her parent’s illness and decision to hasten her death is written with remarkable clarity and precision Intervals is an exceptional book, for which every deserved superlative seems cliched, in part because the language of illness, death and bereavement often feels too hollowed out by use to accommodate the magnitude of those experiences.

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Summary of Alex A. v Edwards

Social Work Blog

In November 2023, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), including our Louisiana Chapter, along with six other organizations, filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Through our brief, NASW opposes the placement of children in adult prisons and supports the removal of children from Angola Prison, an adult maximum-security prison in Louisiana.

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Understanding vs. Succumbing to the System

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Couples have a nonconscious, intersubjective system between the two partners that has been existent and developing in complexity since they first met each other. It has been well-established in recent years that this type of system gestates during childhood and becomes the template that dictates who we will be attracted to and commit to as a life partner.

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The Nexus Between Palliative Care and PACE Programs

CAPC

Summary of news article describing the integration of palliative care into Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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Young and old help each other to thrive | Brief letters

The Guardian

The beauty of Belong Chester | Sunday snooping | Boris Johnson’s service | Everyone’s an emeritus I read your feature on the Belong intergenerational community in Chester with absolute delight ( Young, old and marvellous: how a care home built a nursery – and everyone thrived, 6 February ). I am so pleased that somebody is taking the all‑important connection between old and young seriously, and making it work.

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Episode 26 – ‘Default Depression: How we now interpret human distress as mental illness’ with Anthony Smith.

Social Work Discoveries

Hello Listeners, Welcome to the Social Work Discoveries podcast. I’m your host Ben Joseph and I’m so happy to have you with me today. The rise of the biomedical approach to treatment of depression and anxiety among other mental health issues for Australians has been swift, expansive, and for many, completely all-consuming. It is the dominant lens through which we as a society believe mental illness can be administered and recovery be found, but is it the only answer?

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NASW National Board Members Remember Colleague Anthony “Tony” Bibus, III

Social Work Blog

By Paul R. Pace, NASW Advocates Magazine Senior Editor NASW national board members are mourning the loss of one of their colleagues, Anthony “Tony” Bibus, III, PhD, LISW, who died late last year while serving as Region IX director for NASW. He was 77. Region IX includes Minnesota, Iowa, and Ilinois. NASW Region V national board member Alice Kay Locklear, PhD, MSW, ACSW, noted Bibus always had a leadership book in front of him at board meetings.

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Patient Navigator Intervention to Improve Palliative Care Outcomes

CAPC

JAMA study sought to understand the role of patient navigators for Hispanic patients living with non-cancer serious illness.