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Nairobi, Kenya to Host 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development

International Federation of Social Workers

The tripartite committee comprising the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), are delighted […]

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Maternal Mental Health Matters: A Neglected but Vital Issue

Relias

On January 23, we recognize Maternal Health Awareness Day , an initiative by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to increase awareness and action related to maternal mortality and morbidity in the U.S. As we work to improve all aspects of maternal health, we must bring more focus to an area of critical concern — supporting maternal mental health.

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55,000 on waiting lists for child sexual abuse support services, estimates research

Community Care

An estimated 55,000 people are waiting for child sexual abuse support services in England and Wales, with average waits of six months, experts have warned. The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) found that just half of services were able to meet demand for services including one-to-one therapy or counselling, group-based interventions, helplines or advocacy for child or adult victims/survivors and family members.

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Children’s trust to be disbanded as council takes services back in-house

Community Care

A children’s trust will be disbanded with services returning to council control later this year. Worcestershire County Council will take back control of early help, children’s social care and education services when its current contract with Worcestershire Children First ends in September 2024. WCF’s staff – numbering 942.01 as of September 2023 – will transfer to the county council at the same time.

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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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Gove finds extra £500m for social care following last-ditch calls to ease council pressures

Community Care

The government has handed social care an extra £500m for 2024-25 following last-ditch pleas for ministers to ease funding pressures on councils. Levelling up secretary Michael Gove announced the top-up to the planned local government settlement for the coming financial year, in a statement to Parliament today. The funding will top-up the existing social care grant, which authorities can spend on either children’s or adults’ services.

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How I Misunderstood the Meaning of Rest

My Brains Not Broken

It’s the wintertime, which means that we’re all tired, and the desire to do anything is as frozen as the weather. I often write about how challenging the wintertime can be for our mental health, and it happens every year. Like seasons, we go through our own cycles, reaching the same points across the calendar year. Even though January has become known as a time of resolutions and rebirth, I enjoy pushing back on that.

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Think of this: a plan to ‘warehouse’ disabled people. What kind of nation is Britain becoming? | Frances Ryan

The Guardian

Cash-starved Bristol city council is not the real villain here, but its proposed strategy tells us some lives matter less than others If you want a symbol of this country’s shredded safety net, look no further than Mark in Bristol. For the past 30 years Mark, who has cerebral palsy, has lived in his accessible bungalow with the support of personal assistants.

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Mental Health Act detention numbers fall for second year but significant racial inequalities persist

Community Care

The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 in England has fallen for a second consecutive year, but significant racial disparities persist, official figures have shown. MHA detention numbers fell by 7.7% on a like-for-like basis from 2021-22 to 2022-23, following a 5.7% drop the year before, showed data released yesterday by NHS England (formerly NHS Digital).

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IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 28

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) has launched its volume 28 on “Aligning social work with sustainable development goals” Contributors from India, Malaysia, Germany, Spain, The Kingdom of Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, USA and Indigenous Australia exemplify how social work is contributing to this vision for economic, social and environmental justice locally as well as internationally.

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IFSW Leadership Engages in Nairobi for 2026 World Conference Bid Evaluation

International Federation of Social Workers

Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Hon Florence Bore and the Principal Secretary for Social Protection, Mr Joseph Motari, with representatives from IFSW, Kenya National Association […]

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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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Modern slavery in social care surging since visa rules eased

The Guardian

Exclusive: exploitation in sector has soared with more than 10 times as many potential victims as in 2021 Modern slavery is surging in social care since ministers relaxed immigration rules to fill thousands of vacancies, with a growing wave of exploitation leading to workers being ripped off or living in squalor. Unpublished figures show at least 800 people working in care homes or people’s residences were charted as potential victims last year, more than 10 times the number recorded before the

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Effective Psychotherapists: Learning & Practicing Skills to Improve Client Outcomes

inSocialWork

Theresa Moyers, PhD We have known for quite some time that the most important factor in successful therapy outcomes is the person who delivers the treatment. Who are these clinicians? What do they do, and how do they do it? Are they born this way? Our guest today is Theresa Moyers, PhD, a practitioner, researcher, author and leading scholar in the motivational interviewing approach.

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Book Review: Embodied Self Awakening

The New Social Worker

Have you ever considered how living in a patriarchal, racist, capitalist society damages your mental health and separates you from wellness? That is exactly what Nityda Gessel explores in this work, Embodied Self Awakening. The book first explores how we inherently experience pain when moving through the world, and how it creates emptiness within us.

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6th COSW Newsletter: A Journey Through Social Work’s Advances and Inspirations

International Federation of Social Workers

The latest issue of the COSW Newsletter is a rich compilation of significant events, innovative ideas, and inspiring stories from the realm of social work.

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Teachers in England left to support at-risk children after social services cuts

The Guardian

Safeguarding staff say they can’t get referrals for serious cases and don’t have the expertise to give pupils the help they need Increasing numbers of children suffering from domestic abuse, serious neglect and homelessness are being refused help from over-stretched social services, schools across England have told the Observer. Child protection cases that would automatically have prompted intervention from social workers a few years ago are now routinely being passed back to schools to deal wit

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, week ending January 23, 2024

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● The Imprint has a story that covers both the good California Supreme Court decision I wrote about for WitnessLA and a terrible bill proposed in Washington State that is essentially a throwback to the “crack baby” hysteria of the 1980s. The good news: Until recently, such a bill would have sailed through almost any state legislature in America nearly unanimously.

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Sober Story: Emily

Living Sober

"A common anxiety for people giving up booze is that they or their life will become boring. It won’t. It will be richer and more grounded.

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IFSW 2023 End of Year Report Now Available

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is proud to announce the release of its 2023 End of Year Report, highlighting a year of resilience and commitment to social justice and social work globally.

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English councils to get extra £500m funding to ease soaring social care costs

The Guardian

Money comes after Tory MPs write to PM demanding funds to prevent cuts to services as financial crisis worsens in election year UK politics live – latest updates Councils in England are to be handed an extra £500m in funding amid a worsening financial crisis at town halls across the country. Tory MPs had threatened Rishi Sunak with a fresh Commons rebellion.

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Default Palliative Care Consultation for Seriously Ill Hospitalized Patients

CAPC

Study in JAMA shows an increase in palliative care consultation and timing when it is ordered by default (with the ability for clinicians to opt-out).

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How Does Language Affect Our Mental Health?

MQ Mental Health

Ahead of Time To Talk Day (1st February 2024), we take a look at how language and mental health are linked. Language around mental health is, let’s face it, clunky at best. How do we accurately communicate our experience of our body and mind to another human being? It may seem an impossible task at times, particularly with words regarding mental health.

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Call for expression of interest to host the 2025 IFSW – Africa Region Hybrid Conference

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW Africa Region calls for expression of interest to host the 2025 IFSW – Africa Region Hybrid Conference.

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Nairobi, Kenya to Host 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

The tripartite committee comprising the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), are delighted to announce Nairobi, Kenya, as the host city for the upcoming World Conference on Social Work and Social Development. This prestigious event is set to unfold in 2026, bringing together a global community of social workers, educators, and social development practitioners.

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An Overview of Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change

Relias

Motivational Interviewing is an important technique in the field of behavior change and therapeutic communication. Originally developed by psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, motivational interviewing has evolved into a widely adopted approach for facilitating positive changes in individuals. What is motivational interviewing? At its core, motivational interviewing is a client-centered, collaborative conversation that seeks to strengthen an individual’s motivation for cha

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1 in 5 employees took time off due to stress and mental ill-health last year

MQ Mental Health

Over a third of adults experienced high or extreme levels of pressure and stress always or often in the past year (35%), according to a new annual benchmark by Mental Health UK which warns that the UK is at risk of becoming a ‘burnt-out nation’. Against a backdrop of rising levels of people out of work due to long-term sickness , the polling of over 2,000 UK adults by YouGov reveals that one in five workers needed to take time off due to poor mental health caused by pressure or stress in the pas

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Empowering Peace and Justice through Social Work Education

International Federation of Social Workers

On the occasion of the International Day of Education on January 24, 2024, we are reminded of the powerful intersection between Social Work Education, human rights, peacebuilding, and the aspirations […]

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Manuscript Submission : The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Women’s Health and Well-Being

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Frontiers in Global Women’s Health are seeking submissions of manuscripts for a special collection on the topic: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Women’s Health and Well-Being which will be published in Frontiers in Global Women’s Health. Please use the following link: www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/54354/… or scroll below to read the details for this special collection.

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SUPRs — Illinois’s State-Funded Program for First-Time Rehab Clients

Gateway Foundation

The Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) division of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) provides funds for qualified treatment and recovery support centers. Thanks to SUPR grants, Illinois can expand and improve its substance use disorder treatment efforts. Receiving treatment from a SUPR-funded treatment center lets individuals work toward recovery with evidence-based methods, plentiful resources, and medical and professional support.

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Addressing Veterans’ Mental Health: An Overview

Relias

Military personnel put their lives on the line for their country. In the line of duty, they can experience events that have a lasting impact on their behavioral and mental health. Unfortunately, once they’ve left the service, they do not always receive the care they need or deserve. That’s where your organization comes in. To help you and your staff provide better behavioral and mental health services to veterans, we’ll review some of the most prevalent mental health challenges veterans face and

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Mobile Application-Based Communication Facilitation Platform for Family Members of Critically Ill Patients

CAPC

Study shows an improvement in reducing unmet palliative care needs in the ICU with the use of a mobile-based application.

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CASWE-ACFTS 2024 Annual Conference

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Set to convene in 2024, the annual CASWE Conference will unite a diverse ensemble of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and community members from across Canada and internationally. Attendees can anticipate a curated program that spans a range of topics related to the theme, from the latest research findings to innovative practices. The schedule at a glance, once available, will offer a snapshot of the event’s rhythm, highlighting keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunit

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No plans to tighten care worker English language rules after Somerset death

The Guardian

Home Office rejects call for change from coroner in case of woman who died after ambulance delay The minimum level of English language skills required for foreign care workers will not be raised despite the death of a care home resident after staff were unable to explain her critical state to 999 operators. The senior coroner for Somerset investigated the death of 91-year-old Barbara Rymell in August 2022 and found that the primary school standard of English required to get a health and care vis

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Putting down the drink is just the beginning.

Living Sober

It's what you do after you quit drinking that makes all the difference.

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Effect of Chair Placement on Physicians’ Behavior and Patients’ Satisfaction

CAPC

A study in BMJ shows that where a chair is placed in an exam room impacts physician behavior and improves patient experience.

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Pan-African Creative Exchange as 2024 School of Social Work Artist Residency

Michigan Social Work

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, in collaboration with the U-M Arts Initiative, proudly announces the selection of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE) as the featured artist residency for 2024. This initiative, a part of the Arts Initiative’s Visiting Artist Integration Program (VAIP), is designed to infuse the University of Michigan’s engagement and learning processes with the dynamic creativity of artists.

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