2023

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Chat GPT – Primer for Social Work

Social Work Futures

In the past few weeks, I’ve (like many of you) been both experimenting with and being asked to comment about Chat GPT. Tomorrow I’m giving a presentation/brief workshop session – so thought I’d just share my resources for that here as well. This is an incredibly important space for us to continue exploring and thinking about.

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See me, feel me, touch me, heal me: Virtual reality and social work  

inSocialWork

Louanne Bakk, Mickey Sperlich, & Steven Sturman In today’s podcast episode, our guests — Louanne Bakk, Mickey Sperlich and Steve Sturman, who are colleagues at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW) — will provide an overview of virtual reality (VR). They share how VR can be used effectively to support learning and instruction in social work education, and imagine how VR may be used in practice.

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The Power and Potential of Social Work in South Africa

Social Service Workforce

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12 Things I Learned from Teaching a New Class: Disaster Social Work – An Anti-Racist Lens

Social Work Futures

[link] Is all social work – “disaster social work” now? I have kind of had this question banging around in my head the last couple of years. I don’t have a good answer…I’ve seen things that make me debate this with myself on the regular. Slow disasters – like our variety of forms of structural violence in underfunded social care resources – and – fast disasters like pandemics, large scale climate events, and other cataclysmic events like oil

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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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Help Your Fellow Social Workers in Just Eight Minutes

Social Work Blog

We’re listening! Tell us what you know , think—and wish you knew—about client alcohol and other substance use. Eight minutes is all it takes to help us better train and educate social workers who serve clients who may be at risk for substance-related problems, including substance use disorders and substance-exposed pregnancies. Your responses will be completely anonymous.

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Now More Than Ever, Social Workers Need to Continue Breaking Barriers

The New Social Worker

As we celebrate the myriad contributions of social workers worldwide, we should remember that now, more than ever, we need to be proactive about breaking barriers. We must continue to advocate for for justice on all levels.

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Mental Health Act reform ditched, King’s Speech confirms

Community Care

There will be no reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 before the next election, the government has confirmed. Today’s King’s Speech – setting out the government’s last full legislative programme before an election in 2024 or early 2025 – did not include a mental health bill, meaning any reform would have to be carried out by a future government, if at all.

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Mental Health Statistics to Know During Pride Month 2023

My Brains Not Broken

For the past few years, I’ve researched data and statistics surrounding mental health in the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month. I think it’s important to understand what mental health challenges exist for unique communities and groups of people, and these statistics help paint that picture. Every year, statistics show that the LGBTQIA+ community disproportionately at risk for mental health challenges, mental illness and suicide.

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Using Artificial Intelligence in Social Work Field Education

Teaching & Learning in Social Work

Editor’s Note: Jacqueline Jones is the MSW Field Coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and one of my colleagues in the UAB Department of Social Work. She has over six years of experience supervising students during field placements and eight years of social work practice experience. In this blog post, she shares how she uses artificial intelligence tools to improve her teaching and save time.

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Educational Assistants: Speaking out about their experience….

Gary Direnfeld

Yesterday I posed a question to Educational Assistants on my Facebook page. I asked how the year is going so far. There were 452 comments at the time of this post. This is reflective of the comments: “394 violent incident reports filed in 27 days of school, that is how our year is going in our board. In one class alone over 11 evacuations in 27 school days.

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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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Seventy-five years of health and social care

Social Work With Adults

"[Alongside the birth of the NHS]. a social safety net for all citizens [was created, providing support] for the homeless, disabled people and older people, obliging local authorities to provide suitable accommodation." [Image created by freepik.com ] Parallel evolution As we mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the NHS, it is worth remembering how Clement Attlee's 1945 government embarked on implementing William Beveridge's report recommendations which set the framework for the welfare state.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IASSW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Closing Date for Nominations extended – 31 st July 2023 The International Association of Schools of ‪Social Work‬ ( IASSW ) announces four vacancies on the IASSW Board of Directors for 2024-2028: There is one position open for President ( years of serving: 2024-202 8) , one position open for Secretary ( years of serving: 2024-202 8) , and two positions for Member at Large of the Board of Directors ( years of serving: 2024-2028).

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Update from the Turkish Association of Social Workers

International Federation of Social Workers

Dr. Merve Deniz Pak Güre, the Liaison Officer for the Turkish Association of Social Workers, has provided an update on the local social work response to the devastating earthquakes.

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More New Social Work Jobs of the Future – May 2023 Edition!

Social Work Futures

We have been busy in the social work jobs of the future business! Lots of ideas percolating. This is a game I developed and started playing a few years ago with periodic new additions! My dream is that increasing numbers of fellow social workers join me in playing the game to boost our imaginations! Please note that these ideas are not intended to be endorsements – some of these jobs might appeal to us – or – worry us.

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Owner of UK care home group paid himself £21m despite safety concerns

The Guardian

Exclusive: ‘Eye-watering’ pay for Gordon Sanders comes despite inspectors finding multiple breaches of rules at his firm’s homes A multimillionaire dementia home boss paid himself at least £21m in five years despite inspectors finding multiple breaches of staffing, safety and leadership rules, with residents left in dirty incontinence pads and staff accused of rough handling.

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Winter COVID-19 and flu vaccinations - still time to book online

Social Care

Dr Adrian Hayter has worked as a family Doctor for over 20 years, directly involved in the delivery and leadership of in and out of hours care. He is passionate about the role of primary care in planning and improving community health and believes GPs should be involved in leading healthcare systems, including supporting care services. On that point, as the deadline for closure of the online booking service for COVID-19 and flu vaccinations looms on 14 December, Dr Hayter shares this timely mess

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Book Review—Prince Harry’s Spare: The Impact of Long Denied Trauma, Emotional Abuse

The New Social Worker

In its most brutal truths, Spare is a memoir about a lonely, isolated, abused, purposeless boy who becomes determined to face his realities in order to mature. Read our review and commentary on Spare.

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BASW warns of ‘dilution of social worker role’ as DHSC plans more assessments by non-qualified staff

Community Care

The British Association of Social Workers England has warned of the risks of diluting the social worker role after the government unveiled plans for more assessments to be carried out by non-social work qualified staff. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has given authorities £27m to explore different ways of streamlining the assessment process for adults who may need care and support and carers with possible support needs.

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Learning and Growing in the New Year

My Brains Not Broken

Happy New Year! I’m sure you don’t need to read another post from me about how I feel about New Year’s resolutions ; I can save that song and dance for another year. Instead, what I’d like to focus on today is how I’m hoping to approach the year: what I can bring to the table, how I’m hoping to grow, and trying to build on what I’ve learned about myself in 2022.

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Mattel doll honors NASW Social Work Pioneer Wilma Mankiller

Social Work Blog

Mattel has honored another one of the NASW Social Work Pioneers ®, Wilma Mankiller, by issuing a Barbie doll inspired by her. Mankiller’s father was Cherokee and she developed a deep appreciation for her heritage. Mankiller (1945-2010) became the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and helped create the office of Indian Justice within the U.S.

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Educational Assistants in Ontario – Important Report of the OWSIAT

Gary Direnfeld

In July 2023, there was a decision by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. The case involves an Educational Assistant seeking leave for Traumatic Mental Stress owing to an incident with a six-year-old boy. The incident occurred in October 2018. The child’s behavior included physical outbursts requiring the other children to be cleared from the classroom.

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The role of research in adult social work

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: Those of you who are regular readers of my reports and blogs will know that one of my priorities continues to be the importance and value of social care research in social work. So, I am absolutely delighted to host this guest blog from social workers who have fellowships with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). It’s so inspiring to have their contribution.

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World Social Work Day 2023 : Message from IASSW President

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

World Social Work Day 2023 : Message from IASSW President Happy World Social Work Day 2023 (WSWD). This year World Social Work Day will be celebrated on the 21st March 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Respecting diversity through joint social action ‘ Which relates to the third theme of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development 2020-2030.

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“Social Work Gives Us All Hope”, say UN Officials

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo: members of the IFSW UN Commission from left to right, Hamed Olamaee, Tobis Roosen, Shenae Osborn, Evelyn Tomaszewski, Michael Cronin, Klaus Kühne, Charles Mbugua, Anne Deepak, Sebastian Cordoba, Suresh […]

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Lessons from Difficult History and Critiques in Social Work

Social Work Futures

In foresight practice, history is held with the greatest regard – in fact no ethical or credible foresight is really possible without consideration of the forces, patterns and ingredients of “how we got here.” To be a futurist or foresight practitioner, is to be a devoted student of history as well as whatever is ahead. In my work preparing to deliver a meaningful and (hopefully) useful and relevant set of frameworks for social work as a profession to think about its future 

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Revealed: scores of child asylum seekers kidnapped from Home Office hotel

The Guardian

Call for inquiry after Observer investigation uncovers scale of trafficking by criminal gangs Dozens of asylum-seeking children have been kidnapped by gangs from a Brighton hotel run by the Home Office in a pattern apparently being repeated across the south coast, an Observer investigation can reveal. A whistleblower, who works for Home Office contractor Mitie, and child protection sources describe children being abducted off the street outside the hotel and bundled into cars.

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Why Professional Care Workers' Week matters

Social Care

Celebrating the best of the care sector As the much-anticipated Professional Care Workers’ Week in 2023 gets underway, I am thrilled to share why The Care Workers Charity promotes this vital week of awareness and appreciation. Professional Care Workers’ Week is an annual celebration of care workers and their essential work, created to promote awareness and raise the profile of care workers in the UK.

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“The machine has labeled you as high-risk”

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Is Pittsburgh’s “child welfare” predictive analytics algorithm running amok? – Inquiring minds (at the US Dept. of Justice) want to know! The Allegheny Family Screening Tool slaps an invisible scarlet number "risk score" on every child whose parents or other caretakers have been accused of neglect. (For a comprehensive examination of the dangers of this kind of computerized racial profiling, see our publication Big Data Is Watching You. ) The most highly touted, most far-reaching example of comp

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Courts to stop monitoring regulation of unregistered placements for children deprived of liberty

Community Care

The courts will stop monitoring the regulation of unregistered placements for children deprived of their liberty because of the “considerable burdens” this placed on the justice system. The president of the court’s family division issued revised guidance removing the provision this week, four years after it was introduced to deal with a marked increase in applications through the family courts to deprive children of their liberty.

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Locking the Door? The Social Work Licensing Exam

inSocialWork

Cassandra Walker , LCSW. Last summer, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) — the organization that administers social work licensing exams nationwide — released its exam pass rate analysis inclusive of the race and age of exam takers. In a nutshell, Black people, older adults and persons whose first language was not English fared significantly worse in passing the exam.

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NASW Member Voices: What does it really mean to help?

Social Work Blog

By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW Chad Lassiter, MSW This fall, I have returned to the classroom as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University and, as I have done so, I’m faced with students eager to become social workers. In part, I believe, it is because social work is one of the country’s fastest growing careers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that “the employment of social workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2022 to 2032—faster than the average

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“I Don’t See Color” Means You Don’t See Me

CAPC

Why clinicians must unlearn well-intentioned but ultimately harmful conventions about race and ethnicity—and strategies to move forward.

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Social work's vital role in disaster situations

Social Work With Adults

Lyn Romeo: I am delighted to support the launch of a free online training course for social work in disaster situations. Since the tragedies of Grenfell and the Manchester Arena bombings, so much work has been done by social workers and others in the social care sector to support our profession in this vital area. Maris Stratulis, National Director, BASW England, and Joe Hanley, lecturer and researcher in social work at the Open University, have kindly drafted this week’s blog promoting this exc

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What Do You Do When You’re Suicidal?

Nnatasha Tracy

I've been unfortunate enough to need to know what to do when I'm suicidal. I know I'm not alone. I know there are many people out there thinking about the same thing. Because, let's face it, while there's lots of advice out there on what to do when you're "down" or anxious or hypo/manic , there's very little advice on what to do when you're suicidal.

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IFSW Calls For The Immediate Release Of Our Colleague Munther Amira

International Federation of Social Workers

We are deeply concerned to learn of the latest arrest of our colleague Munther Amira, a distinguished social worker and advocate for human rights, by the Israeli Defence Forces.