2023

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Reinstate hospital social workers to improve discharge outcomes, PSWs urge Barclay

Community Care

Hospital social workers should be reinstated onto wards to support people to achieve better outcomes on discharge, amid the current severe pressures on the NHS and social care.

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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.

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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.”

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Disconnect Bridged: Getting Closer in Your Relationship

Gary Direnfeld

She thought him self-centered. He thought her a complainer. He hailed from a family where dad abandoned him and his mother, when he was an infant. Grandmother, a widow, took care of him much of the time, feeling guity for his situation.

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

In this webinar with business development consultant Gary Direnfeld, we will explore the different methods of marketing your private social work practice and boosting your online presence. Gary will provide valuable insight on choosing and using social media to attract viable referrals.

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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.

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IASSW AIETS’ International Conference on “The role of social workers in realising the SDG’s.”

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

TITLE: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORK IN REALISING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Date: 18th January, 2023, Hybrid Mode, (Hybrid event/ in person Nelson Mandela University). Please register to get meeting link : [link].

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Chapin Hall prepares to whitewash abuse in foster care

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Their “study” methodology guarantees most abuse will be overlooked, and their advisory panel consists of extremists who want to expand the child welfare surveillance state while denying any problem with racial bias.

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Worst Advice for Bipolar I’ve Ever Received

Nnatasha Tracy

I focus on good advice for bipolar disorder here, but whoah boy, have I also received some of the worst advice for bipolar disorder you can imagine. This advice has come from loved ones, natural medicine practitioners, and even a psychiatrist.

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Create Your Board of Directors Balance & Alignment Plan

Nicole Clark Consulting

Find balance AND alignment. The decisions your board of directors makes not only influences your organization’s growth, but impacts how your staff does its job. When a board can’t function, it’s due to one or more of these issues.

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Technology and Entrepreneurship in Social Work

Swhelper

Manuel Stoilov. After helplessly watching her sister try to navigate the international adoption process, Felicia Curcuru launched Binti in an effort to reinvent foster care and adoption.

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Care Act duties ‘permanently undermined’ by widespread breaches during Covid, argues study

Community Care

Councils’ Care Act 2014 duties have arguably been “permanently undermined” by widespread non-compliance during the pandemic, a study has found.

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Five Ways to Manage Thought Spirals

My Brains Not Broken

Earlier this week, I wrote about thought spirals , what they look like, and what we can do about them. Thought spirals can be tricky to deal with, but there are ways we can try and manage them.

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Resource Page for President’s Lecture at the Society for Social Work Research Conference, Saturday, January 14, 2023

Social Work Futures

This page will be activated just before Laura’s presentation. Presentations Uncategorized

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Couple Counseling? Maybe in time….

Gary Direnfeld

I recently declined two requests for couple counseling. I always screen referrals for domestic violence as well as substance use. I ask a series of questions that can continue depending on the answers. Therein we can develop a risk profile for the likelihood of future violence.

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Vulnerable woman lay dead in Surrey flat for more than three years

The Guardian

Laura Winham, 38, had severe mental illnesses and was ‘abandoned’ by NHS and social services, family allege A severely mentally ill woman whose dead body lay in her home unnoticed for more than three years was effectively “abandoned and left to die” by NHS and social services who missed repeated chances to save her, her family has alleged.

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Social Work in Afghanistan

International Federation of Social Workers

Photo: ASO board members with IFSW representatives in Kabul During their visit, IFSW representatives are learning from the highly skilled and committed members of the Afghanistan Social Workers Organisation who […] IFSW

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Call for abstract: ICSD 2023 Biennial Conference

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Call for abstract: ICSD 2023 Biennial Conference Conference theme: Social Development in times of crisis: Challenges and responses The conference will be held as a hybrid conference from 23 to 25 August 2023 The conference is organized and structured into three main tracks – Planet in Crisis, Health and Wellbeing, and Peace and Stability.

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We Still Have a Ways to Go

Beyond Advocacy

There is no way to know what Dr. Martin Luther King’s assessment of our progress toward racial reconciliation and healing the nation would be. I imagine he would welcome our progress and remind us of the need to do more.

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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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How “Sending the Elevator Back Down” Promotes Equity

Nicole Clark Consulting

How can “sending the elevator back down” promote equity? January is National Mentorship Month, highlighting the power of mentorship and its benefits. Mentoring fosters trust and understanding between a more experienced person (mentor) and someone with less experience (mentee).

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Journalist Turned Social Worker?

Swhelper

Georgiana Ndlovu You might not think it at first but I’d argue that my former life as a reporter has held me in good stead to pursue my next career as a future social worker. Yes, really, and here is why!

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200 unaccompanied children still missing after disappearing from Home Office hotels

Community Care

Two hundred unaccompanied asylum-seeking children remain missing after disappearing from Home Office-commissioned hotels, a minister has admitted. Junior immigration minister Lord Murray revealed the figure in response to a question in the House of Lords today.

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Breaking Down Mental Health Terms: What is a Thought Spiral?

My Brains Not Broken

Over the years, I’ve learned a number of words, phrases and definitions that have helped me understand my own mental health. Some of these are connected to mental illness or medicine, while others are connected to mental wellness.

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10 Resources for Social Workers to Learn More About Tech Justice Futures Right Now

Social Work Futures

As all know…technology is ever shaping our shared world. What is the right “stance” for social workers? Lean into new tech opportunities – explore, experiment or develop new applications? Or resist, interrogate and complicate deployment of tech and datafication of modern life?

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An Affair and Trauma

Gary Direnfeld

Please realize, an affair is a traumatic experience for the one cheated on. Regardless the quality or issues in the relationship, fidelity remains an expectation. When broken, trust is difficult to repair. That repair requires unequivocal taking of responsibility by the one who had the affair.

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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.

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Sacrifice spanking, not your children

Stop Abuse Campaign

← Is Santa real? Hi friends! Here we are – mid-January. Christmas is over. New Year’s celebrations and New Year, New Me proclamations have come and gone. Next up? Easter! The season of “giving up,” making amends, and another chance to start again. Chocolate. . Fast food. . Alcohol. .

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Social Work in Social Policy: Engagement Strategies for Today and the Next Generation—A Book Event | January 26, 2023

The International Association Of Schools Of Social

Social Work in Social Policy: Engagement Strategies for Today and the Next Generation—A Book Event |. January 26, 2023 (virtual event, register to receive link) REGISTER. Social workers have profoundly shaped social policy for over a century, but how can they continue to influence it effectively?

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Social Work in Ukraine: January Update on the Partnership between IFSW and the Kamenets Podisk District

International Federation of Social Workers

The above image shows Dignity Shopping at the Kamenets Podisk Social Supermarket and children’s activities at the Community Social Work Centre “Thank you IFSW so much for all the support. […]. Ukraine IFSW

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Dementia care and the benefit of experience

Social Care

"Working at Vida has shown me how important it is for all nurses to have the opportunity to take a placement or work in a specialist dementia care setting and to interact with people living with dementia." Image created by freepik.com ]. The power of placements.

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Why Do We Feel Menta Illness Self-Stigma? How Do We Fight It?

Nnatasha Tracy

Mental illness self-stigma is essential to recognize. Stigma is a very popular word in mental health advocacy circles. People talk nonstop about the effects of stigma, stigma, stigma. However, self-stigma gets somewhat less press.

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Sex Trafficking Survivor Files Lawsuit Against Red Roof Inns

Swhelper

SWHELPER. On November 14, 2022, Benoit Law Firm, PLLC, joined by Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR), filed a lawsuit against Red Roof Inns and Red Roof Franchising, LLC, and other local hotel entities on behalf of a survivor of a severe form of sex trafficking.

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Most councils struggling to recruit and retain social workers, finds LGA

Community Care

Most English councils are struggling to recruit and retain social workers, with finding and keeping children’s practitioners the biggest challenge across the workforce.