2022

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How We Shape the Future: Reflexive Questions for the Social Work Profession

Social Work Futures

As I’m making my way through a book project (Anticipatory Social Work!!!) I’m doing a lot of working and thinking about and structuring activities to guide the profession into meaningful, direct and generative questions for individuals and collectives. The future of social work isn’t only “out there.” It is connected to the things we are doing, the places we are looking, the places we aren’t looking…right now.

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National DoLs court launched to handle children’s deprivation of liberty cases

Community Care

The leading family judge has launched a National DoLs (deprivation of liberty) Court to handle applications to deprive children of their liberty, which have risen rapidly in recent years. Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division of the High Court, said the court would start work on 4 July, handling all applications to authorise the deprivation of children’s liberty.

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Two Ways to Decolonize a Social Work Research Course

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s Note: Dr. Amy Werman, DSW, LCSW , is a lecturer at the Columbia School of Social Work , with over 20 years of teaching experience in social work education. In this blog post, she shares two practical suggestions for social work research courses, focusing on ways to decolonize traditional content and integrate an anti-racist/anti-oppressive approach to teaching about research methodology.

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Reflecting on 2022 on My Brain’s Not Broken

My Brains Not Broken

Every year, around this time, I like to take stock of the year I had. I wish I did this in a more formal way, but I don’t. It’s mostly thought and reflection, but it’s very important for me to think back on the year I’ve experienced. It helps me process things I might have otherwise missed, and I think it plays a big role in helping me move through certain things and prepare for the year ahead.

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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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Introducing The Anti-racist Listening Project podcast

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: I am delighted to once again host adult social workers Nimal Jude and Liz Howard as guest bloggers, this time introducing their latest exciting venture, the Anti-racist Listening Project podcast. Making sure social work practice always challenges discrimination and oppression is imperative if we are to truly promote a human rights and social justice based approach to working with individuals, families and the diverse communities we serve.

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Helping unpaid carers get vaccinated helps us all

Social Care

Unpaid carers are eligible for a COVID-19 autumn booster if they are caring for someone who is clinically vulnerable. They are similarly entitled to a free flu jab. [Image created by freepik.com ]. Protecting those who care for others. With the winter upon us, it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves and those we care for against COVID-19 and flu and get vaccinated.

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Special Report on DSM-5-TR—What Social Workers Need To Know

The New Social Worker

On March 18, 2022, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the text revision of DSM-5, known as DSM-5-TR. This special report highlights some of the key changes in DSM-5-TR that social workers need to know.

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National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Social Work Blog

Image description: Photo of an empty bed in the corner of a room, topped by two pillows and a handmade blanket. A walker is positioned next to the bed, and sunlight is coming through a window with a curtain. The window is over a low table that holds a mug, plant, and open book. Posted April 22, 2022. On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to

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Is There a Link between Childhood Trauma and Heart Disease?

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Types of Therapy and Mental Health Providers. We know unhealthy habits often lead to a life of chronic pain, disease, and immune disorders, but many of us don’t think to trace those habits back to childhood. Research has discovered that our health outcomes are affected more or less harshly depending on how many of the ten types of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) we may have endured during our formative years. .

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The Scariest Parts of Bipolar Disorder

Nnatasha Tracy

The scariest parts of bipolar disorder depend on who you ask, I guess, but I can think of quite a few scary things; after all, serious chronic illnesses like bipolar disorder tend to be scary on their very face. From having to deal with bipolar disorder for the rest of your life to possibly losing your life to bipolar disorder, there's a lot of which to be scared.

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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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Foresight-Based Map of Social Work’s Immediate Future/Heat Map: Considering 1-5 years Ahead

Social Work Futures

One of the relevant steps in trying to think about what “social work of the future” might look like, is to rigorously map out what some of the issues, signals and drivers of change for the profession are right now. Then, one might think about them in combinations – and imagine how these will interact with other larger force (different political climates for example) as time moves forward.

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Home Office social worker guidance unlawful, High Court rules

Community Care

Home Office guidance for social workers assessing the age of young people arriving in Kent is unlawful, the High Court has ruled. The guidance, for practitioners employed by the Home Office at the Kent intake unit (KIU), did not provide for age assessments to be carried out with adequate safeguards for the unaccompanied claimants concerned. Mr Justice Henshaw also found that age assessments carried out by social workers on two claimants, ‘MA’ and ‘HT’, at the KIU, in under an hour, just after th

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New IFSW Global President Elected

International Federation of Social Workers

IFSW is delighted to announce that the new global President is Joachim Mumba from Zambia. His 4-year term as president will commence on the 16th of May. He follows on from Silvana Martinez who steps down at the end of her 4-year term at the end of the IFSW General Meeting which is currently in […].

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Overseas nurses in the UK forced to pay out thousands if they want to quit jobs

The Guardian

Observer investigation uncovers NHS trusts and private care homes charging staff who leave to recoup recruitment costs • Trapped and destitute: how foreign nurses’ UK dreams turned sour International nurses working for NHS trusts and private care homes are being trapped in their jobs by clauses in their contracts that require them to pay thousands of pounds if they try to leave.

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Keep calm and call an AMHP

Social Work With Adults

[Image created by freepik.com ]. National AMHP Day 2022 is here. With so many recent challenges and experiences in the pandemic, I can’t think of a more suitable title to this blog post, which describes the dignity and professionalism our approved mental health professional (AMHP) workforce as they helped many people through a period of national crisis.

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You've got a friend in Social Care Talk

Social Care

Nadra Ahmed, Executive Chair of the National Care Association, explains how a new website can help people make informed decisions about paying for care. The power of testimony. Friends, family and colleagues are all great sources of information. Sometimes, information comes from chance encounters, when you’re walking the dog or dropping off the kids.

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IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 26

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

IASSW Announces The Release Of Social Dialogue Magazine # 26. Dear Colleagues, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) has launched Social Dialogue magazine volume 26 on Black Lives Matter: developments in de-colonising social work. This volume contains 16 articles from Ecuador, Guyana, Uruguay, Papua New Guinea, Italy, UK, Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand, exploring the title “Black lives matter: Developments in decolonising social work”.

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Neurodivergent people are more likely to experience pain, due to hypermobility

MQ Mental Health

Neurodivergent people are more than twice as likely as the general population to have hypermobile joints and are far more likely to experience pain on a regular basis, according to new research. . Led by Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and funded by the MRC, MQ Mental Health Research and Versus Arthritis, the research found that more than 50% of participants with a diagnosis of Autism , attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or tic disorder (Tourette syndrome) demonstrated ele

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An Open Letter to LGBTQIA2S+ Kids and Youth from NASW during Pride Month

Social Work Blog

Getty Images. We write this letter to LGBTQIA2S+ kids and youth to express deep gratitude that you exist, because our world would be incomplete without you. We honor the richness of your authenticity and openly proclaim that you are perfect exactly as you are. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, April 2022

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 65 free webcasts that I could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health. To make it easier for you to find a webinar that is of interest to you, […]. The post Free Mental Health Webinars, April 2022 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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The Pit of Inaction: My Thoughts

Learning Social Worker

Many of us are frustrated by the way large organisations seem to get stuck. Even though people at every level are working really hard, somehow things do not change. I created a ‘messy map’ to make sense of my observations and shared it on Twitter. It seemed to strike a chord and generate discussions. So, I refined my scribbles into a neat graphic and decided to write this blog to provide some context and share some ideas for using this to promote some positive actions.

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A Letter to My Graduating Social Work Field Education Students

The New Social Worker

You are the embodiment of all we hope social workers will be—caring professionals who are known for their warmth, empathy, and genuineness. Congratulations, graduates! We are honored to call you colleagues in the ever-evolving social work profession.

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Child poverty rises linked to 10,000 more children going into care over five years, finds research

Community Care

Rises in child poverty fuelled by benefit cuts was associated with more than 10,000 more children being taken into care between 2015 and 2020, a new study has estimated. The research , which is currently being peer-reviewed, suggests 10,356 more children living in English local authority areas became looked after than would have been the case had poverty levels remained at 2015 levels.

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World Indigenous Peoples Day message

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo by the UN The IFSW Message on World Indigenous Peoples Day Today on World Indigenous Peoples Day, IFSW acknowledges the indigenous social workers that have for decades worked patiently to steer the profession towards understanding, respecting and celebrating diverse cultures. IFSW acknowledges that in many places around the world social work as a profession […].

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Bipolar or Any Mental Illness Is Not Your Fault

Nnatasha Tracy

Bipolar disorder is not your fault. Schizophrenia is not your fault. Depression is not your fault. You did nothing to deserve a mental illness. You are a good person and your being sick does not affect that. Mental illness landed on you and started eating away at your brain. It could have happened to anyone. You had nothing to do with it. Mental illness is not your fault.

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Is the legal tail wagging the social work dog?

Health & Social Care Workforce

Mary Baginsky, Senior Research Fellow at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, introduces the paper given by Martha Cover recently at the Unit. Dr Baginsky convenes the seminar series where the paper was presented.

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Getting vaccinated saves lives (and helps the health and care system too)

Social Care

"The first time I had the virus, I was put in a medically induced coma. I was told by the doctors that if I hadn’t had the vaccine, I would have died." Think Local Act Personal 's Clenton Farquharson. A personal journey. I’ve caught COVID-19 three times. If I hadn’t had the vaccine, I wouldn’t be here writing this now. Back in January 2021, you might remember me talking in this blog about the vaccine discussions we were having in my family: “We’ve had many heated debates about it - particularly

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38th Annual Social Work Day at the UN

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

38th Annual Social Work Day at the UN. Moving Toward Food Security for All: The Role of Social Work. SAVE THE DAT E : Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Noon — 2 p.m. EST. This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

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UK government has abandoned its own Covid health advice, leak reveals

The Guardian

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak said to have agreed to decision not to follow public health advice on testing in vulnerable settings Public health advice is no longer being followed under Boris Johnson’s “living with Covid” strategy to end mass testing, senior civil servants have acknowledged in a leaked account of a cross-Whitehall briefing. The briefing by a senior member of the Covid taskforce was delivered to civil service leaders across Whitehall on Thursday afternoon, making clear that follo

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The Ugly Truth About Mental Health Stigma

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Does Anyone Care? Shocking Barriers Killing Our Mental Health. Growing up, I could always feel my mom’s eyes on me as I walked into the kitchen. She would watch me as I grabbed food, whether this was in my own home or in someone else’s, to make sure that I was taking an “appropriate” amount of food. While this seems like a small act, it led to me developing a sense of body dysmorphia, as well as severe anxiety over food.

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Standardizing Home-Based Palliative Care: Necessary, Doable, and Fruitful

CAPC

How palliative care clinicians and payers in California worked together to reduce unwanted variation and confusion in home-based palliative care.

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Federal Grants Available to Promote Elder Justice

Social Work Blog

Image description: Multiracial group of seven older adults, all smiling and positioned closely together. Posted April 1, 2022. The federal government is soliciting proposals to fund various programs that prevent and address elder abuse. As noted in a recent NASW Practice Perspective , social workers are currently involved in similar grant-funded programs and play critical roles in elder justice.

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Social Work Tech Talk: Meditation Apps for Instruction and Self-Care

The New Social Worker

Recent events have given us lots of opportunities to practice meditation. For people new to meditation and practicing under these conditions, it might seem daunting. There are a lot of quality meditation apps to help you find your way.

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Government scraps NAAS social work accreditation scheme

Community Care

The Department for Education has scrapped its national assessment and accreditation scheme (NAAS) for children’s social workers. It plans to introduce a replacement accreditation programme later this year, designed to be “more sustainable” and deliver “a better overall experience for social workers” that was “more meaningful” for them and employers.

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Australian Social Work Association’s Statement on Climate Action

International Federation of Social Workers

The Australian Social Work Association’s Statement on Climate Action in preparation for COP27. This builds on previous statements drafted with input from AASW social workers on Climate Action highlighting on […].