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Mapping the Tech Landscape for Social Workers: Part 2

The New Social Worker

Lace up your hiking boots, and let’s go on a journey into exciting and complex technology terms and examples of extended reality (XR), mixed reality (MR), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR), as they apply to social work.

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Lifting Every Voice: The Power of Storytelling in Social Work

Beyond Advocacy

The power of storytelling in social work is the theme of our 2024 Social Work Day on the Hill and Student Advocacy Day events on March 13, 14, and 15. The very nature of social work requires lifting the voices of poor and vulnerable people so their stories are heard. We include an affected person in our congressional briefings because it is important to hear them tell of their lived experiences, and their stories are often the most persuasive advocacy for policy change.

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Winter is Coming: 10 Ways To Stay Mentally Well In Winter

MQ Mental Health

Winter months can be a tough time for some people. Reduced sunlight, dropping temperatures and grey days can lead to isolation, lack of activity and other mental health challenges. So how can we look after ourselves when winter is coming? 1. Sleep well During winter months, when nights start earlier it might be difficult to hold steadfast to a positive bedtime routine but it’s even more important to do so.

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Half of councils given funding to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster children’s workforce

Community Care

Half of councils have been given a share of £11.7m to recruit 461 social work apprentices to bolster their children’s services workforces. The Department for Education funding will go to 79 of the 153 authorities, who were chosen following an application process. The trainees will be employed, and based, in their children’s services departments, and follow existing three-year university social work apprenticeship programmes, with councils then deciding whether to hire them on qualifi

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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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The Role of the Interpretation Guide in the Self-Study: CSWE Accreditation

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s note: Melissa Freedman, MSW, is a social work educator and consultant specializing in leadership, supervision, administration, and quality management and assurance. In this blog post, she shares an overview of the interpretation guide to write a self-study for social work accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). I found using CSWE’s interpretation guide both useful and overwhelming at the same time, and the tips that Melissa shares in this post helped break do

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Black History Month: inspirational lives, inspiring great careers in care

Social Care

Deborah Sturdy: Christabel Chinonso U worked as a social care nurse when she came to the UK from Nigeria in 2022. Keen to boost her confidence and be a positive influence, she participated in a DHSC supported Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership programme for social care nurses from global majority backgrounds in 2022-23. To mark Black History Month , we are proud to share Christabel’s story.

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DHSC seeks new chief social worker for adults in £100k role

Community Care

The government has started its quest for a new chief social worker for adults, after Lyn Romeo announced her retirement after a decade in post. Applicants must be qualified social workers – though need not be currently registered – and be able to provide a “frontline perspective on policymaking” – though most of the essential criteria for the role concern leadership and policy experience and expertise (see box).

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Reflecting on the importance of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Casa Gal

Learning about domestic violence and substance use disorder is an important element of the CASA/GAL volunteer training. Read More. The post Reflecting on the importance of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending October 24, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● When I first saw that Mother Jones had published an expose of the horrors of a for-profit McTreatment chain’s residential treatment centers, I thought: There’ve been so many exposes, what could possibly be new? What could still shock? In fact, by zeroing in on foster youth, reporter Julia Lurie unearthed much that is new and even more that is shocking.

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Your chance to take part in the biggest global study of challenging working conditions of social workers

International Federation of Social Workers

All social workers are invited to help create the biggest overview of often-challenging working conditions of social workers around the globe. The survey is open until 15th December 2023.

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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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Envisioning the Future of Social Service Workforce Planning: A Data-Driven Approach

Social Service Workforce

by Alex Collins, Senior Technical Advisor, Data for Impact (D4I) project, Palladium

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Baylor Researchers Examine Relationship Between Imprisoned Mothers and Their Adolescent Children’s Risk Behaviors

Swhelper

SWHELPER Women represent the fastest-growing population in U.S. institutional corrections facilities. In the past four decades, the number of women incarcerated has increased by more than 475%, rising from 26,326 in 1980 to 152,854 in 2020.

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Anxiety Disorders: Managing Anxiety and Stress for Better Mental Health

Psychological Health Care

Anxiety is a natural response to stress. However, that fact will provide little consolation if your symptoms are so severe as to send you to a hospital emergency department fearing a heart attack or some other life-threatening illness. The reality is that for some, stress and fear can become so overwhelming and persistent that it can evolve into an anxiety disorder, impacting daily life and overall well-being.

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International Professional Exchange Programs of the Council of International Fellowship

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is delighted to share the opportunity presented by the 2024 National Branches of the Council of International Fellowship (CIF) to go abroad and connect with social workers from across […]

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Black History Month: reflections on allyship

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: October is an important month as it marks World Mental Health Day and Black History Month. These two important themes were explored at a brilliant webinar on anti -racist perspectives and the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) role: ‘taking professional responsibility to address racism in practice’, chaired by Jason Brandon, Mental Health Social Work lead in the Chief Social Worker for Adults' office, in partnership with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) England

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you've been framed

Clinical Philosophy

A central claim of much social-scientific critique of psychiatric nosology is that psychiatry too often naively adopts a (let's-call-it) realist perspective on psychiatric illness categories, whereas in truth we'd do better to see a diagnostic category like 'depression' as one, optional, sometimes useful, sometimes not, way of framing human distress / problems in living.

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Palliation for the Frail Older Adult and What Meaningful Longevity Could Be

CAPC

How palliative care can help frail older adults throughout its various stages, to create what meaningful longevity means to them.

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Commonwealth celebrates ‘Crucial Role of Social Workers’

International Federation of Social Workers

At the COSW online Policy Forum held on 21st October 2023, eminent Commonwealth officials, including Matthew Neuhaus (Australia), IFSW President Joachim Mumba (Zambia), Janneth Mghamba (Tanzania) and Mario Gerada (Malta), […]

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Sunlight and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

MQ Mental Health

In winter, the nights get longer, days get shorter, and weather becomes colder and more overcast. Winter can have quite the impact on our mental health. Some people, you might be one of them, are more sensitive to the effects of the seasons. This can be a condition that is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. We’ve outlined what this condition is below although it’s important to always be properly diagnosed by a doctor.

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2023 Annual Symposium

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance invites you join us for our Annual Symposium—to be held virtually during Social Service Workforce Week. Officially launched in 2013, the Alliance was originally conceived during the Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010, when teams from 18 countries joined together to share experiences and address key challenges facing the social service workforce at a national, regional and global level.

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Tips for coping with exams

Lawson Psychology

Tips for coping with exams Coping with exams can be a challenging and stressful time for all students. As students enter their exam period including year 12 WAIS exams, we are sharing some tips to help them manage the stress and perform their best. Time management: Create a study schedule that allocates enough time for each subject and topic. Stick to your schedule as closely as possible to ensure you cover all the material.

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A Childhood for Life. Social workers recommendations to improve the living conditions of children in low-income families and prevent the transmission of poverty in Norway

International Federation of Social Workers

The expert group on children in impoverished families in Norway, appointed on August 12, 2022, delivered a report titled “A Childhood for Life” on October 17, outlining recommendations to improve […]

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Kappa Alpha Theta holds its annual Theta Day of Service

National Casa Gal

Since 2009, Thetas from all over the globe have volunteered and provided service in their respective communities. Read More. The post Kappa Alpha Theta holds its annual Theta Day of Service appeared first on National CASA/GAL Association for Children.

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Rebecca Thomas Received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award in Social Work

University of Connecticut

Professor Rebecca L. Thomas has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Social Work to Sofia, Bulgaria, for the 2023-2024 academic year, from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Thomas teaches in the Policy Practice concentration at UConn School of Social Work (SSW) and is the director of the Center for International Social Work Studies at SSW.

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An Unusual Social Work Dilemma

The Masked AMHP

This video is about an unusual dilemma I found myself in while working in a Community Mental Health Team. One day, I was asked to follow up a patient who had recently been discharged from the local psychiatric unit. Elaine was 20 years old. She had been admitted after taking an overdose. Looking at her discharge notes, I saw that she had been born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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‘Taboo’ & ‘Crazy:’ Researchers Examine Mental Health Stigmas on the Border

Swhelper

SWHELPER Hispanic adults with mental health conditions are 17 percent less likely to receive treatment than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. But what causes this disparity and how can we fix it? That was a question recently posed by Jason Mallonee, D.S.W.

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‘It’s frustrating for everybody’: the impact of dementia diagnosis delays

The Guardian

People at a dementia cafe session in Swindon describe long waits for diagnosis, and knock-on delays in prescribing treatment Inequality leaving 115,000 dementia cases ‘undiagnosed’ in England Swindon has one of the worst dementia diagnosis rates in England. NHS England figures show that less than half of patients (49.7%) with the condition have a formal diagnosis.

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Palliative Care in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

CAPC

How palliative care can help adolescents and young adults with who are living with cancer.

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Equipping the Social Service Workforce to Meet the Needs of Children with Disabilities

Social Service Workforce

by Lucy Marie Richardson*

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The impact of bureaucracy on social work practice

The Social Care Elf

This paper presents the methodology and findings of a systematic review of the available evidence relating to social workers experience of bureaucracy in practice. The study is international, and includes English Language papers published in peer reviewed journals between 1990 and 2020. The post The impact of bureaucracy on social work practice appeared first on National Elf Service.

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Podcast: A conversation with Juli Boit about her new book, “Brave Love: A Nurse’s Story of Courage and Compassion in a Kenyan Hospice.”

Hospice Chaplaincy

In Today’s episode, Saul talks to Juli Boit about her new book, “Brave Love: A Nurse’s Story of Courage and Compassion in a Kenyan Hospice.” In 2004, at just 25 years old, Juli Boit embarked on a remarkable journey from her home in Los Angeles to a remote Kenyan village of Kipkaren River.

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NASHP Releases FAQs for State Policymakers

CAPC

A compilation of questions and answers about palliative care from a state policymaker lens.

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A Future of Challenge, But Also Promise, Lies Ahead

Social Service Workforce

by Hugh Salmon, Director, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

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JOMO – the Joy Of Missing Out

Living Sober

One of the greatest gifts of sobriety.

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DfE ditches plan to cap agency social worker pay to equivalent for permanent staff

Community Care

The Department for Education (DfE) has ditched plans to cap agency social worker pay to the equivalent of permanent staff in local authority children’s services. The move is part of a wider dilution of proposed national rules to limit the use of locums, who accounted for a record 17.6% of full-time equivalent posts in council children’s services as of September 2022.