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Social Work

On Homelessness: Unfinished Business

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Just last week the California Legislature, in close consultation with Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., fashioned a historic sixth on-time and structural...

Eating Disorder Recovery: Five Things to Consider in Your Post-Treatment Plan

Greta Gleissner, LCSW | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Greta Gleissner, LCSW

As you move through your residential or outpatient treatment, you may be unsure, or even fearful, of what's on the other side for you. Doubt, worry and anxiety are very real emotions you may be experiencing.

USC Dean, Marilyn Flynn, Provides Examples on How Colleges and Universities Can Help To Innovate The Child Welfare System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

For National Foster Care Month, I interviewed Dr. Marilyn Flynn who is the Dean of The Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Th...

The Politics of Healing: Closing the Gap in Services for Young Men of Color Harmed by Violence

The Vera Institute of Justice | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
The Vera Institute of Justice

Together, we can move toward a world in which doctors are trained to understand young men's choices in the context of their neighborhoods and culture, social workers help normalize responses to their trauma and discuss healthy strategies for handling them, and police officers are prepared to treat young men of color as victims first rather than witnesses--or even perpetrators.

When to Seek Out a Pediatric Social Worker - Q&A with an Expert

Shari Medini | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Liz Disterhoft & ask her a whole bunch of questions about the field of social work. Liz received her MSW ...

'They' Need More From Us

Emily Jacobs | Posted 04.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Jacobs

As mental health practitioners, it is essential to our practice that we recognize and affirm all identities, as well as challenge our own assumptions and biases. Our clients, and our practice, depend on it.

Know Someone Who Grew up in Foster Care? Three Things They Need From Us

Mary Lee | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Mary Lee

As National Social Work Month winds down, I've been thinking about what older foster youth and those aging out of state care need from their social worker, counselor or other supportive people in their lives.

The Other Side of Social Work: Micro Misconceptions and Macro Opportunities

Thenera Bailey | Posted 03.25.2016 | Impact
Thenera Bailey

What's the first thing that comes to mind when someone says "I'm a social worker?" If you get a visual of a licensed professional working in child wel...

Why Social Workers Are Amazing

Shari Medini | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Shari Medini

March is National Social Work month, and it is important that we take the time to appreciate all that they do in our local communities on a daily basis.

650,000 Social Workers At Odds With Donald Trump

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

Every single sensational sound bite and polarizing press release showcasing Donald Trump's latest racist, homophobic, xenophobic or sexist remark high...

The State of Black Fatherhood: Parenting Behind Bars

Dominique N. Mack | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Dominique N. Mack

Too many children lose a parent not due to death but because of our system, past mistakes, the book of public opinion, and the financial restraints of imprisonment. Therefore, prison like a death sentence to the children they leave behind.

Tips for Talking Politics on Social Media

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Kristin Battista-Frazee

Politics can be difficult to openly discuss with family, work colleagues or friends and how we use social media to engage in political conversations needs to be approached with tact.

Does Pornhub Really Care?

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Kristin Battista-Frazee

Tying orgasms to good causes might appall some people, but it's undeniable sex has always been a powerful driver of behavior. So why not harness Pornhub's website traffic and marketing prowess for a greater good?

Social Workers: Stop Asking for Money! Do This Instead.

Anneke Krakers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Anneke Krakers

Charity doesn't evoke change. Research shows that for lasting change to take effect people have to be invested in their own transformation. So consistent charity or free services can actually harm service users, encouraging dependance and defeating the purpose of the help intended. As role models for their clients, social workers can't afford to set such poor examples.

The Power of Tears

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Is there someone going through a hard time you've been propping up with your good intentions? Who is this person? Are you willing, the next time you meet with him or her, to stop trying to save them from their pain and simply let them feel what there is to feel?

Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

Doomed to Struggle?

Amy Leo | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Leo

"Why did you do that? You should have..." "You know better than that!" "Try this..." These phrases echoed throughout school corridors, provider offic...

Let's Talk About Prison Reform

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Laura De Palma

There is no doubt we have come a long way in shifting our national, collective consciousness around this issue. But is the national conversation regarding criminal justice reform moving in the right direction?

The Joy of Caring for Children in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.04.2016 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

Can I share something with you? Being a parent has been the second best thing I have ever done. The first, of course, was marrying my wife! To be sure, being a parent has made me a much better person, in so many ways.

The Closure of the College of Social Work

Ian Cummins | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education
Ian Cummins

It has been announced that the College of Social Work (TCSW) will close. TCSW has been in operation for less than four years. TCSW was established following the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force.

How Sheryl Sandberg Is Teaching Us a Valuable Lesson in Grief

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

My heart sank as I heard of Sheryl Sandberg's unexpected and unspeakable loss. I just couldn't believe what I was reading online. My heart went out to...

To the Heroes Advocating on Behalf of Abused Children

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Stacey Steinberg

Please remember that you change lives every single day. You see things most 'regular people' pretend don't exist. You nurture broken hearts by day and fall asleep at night wishing only that you could have done more.

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

Keep Up The Chatter: Youth Sports And Effective Communication

Aaron Yavelberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
Aaron Yavelberg

Children who play sports learn to express their feelings of disappointment when the team does lose, a vital skill for developing resiliency. Sports give children the opportunity to learn to work together with others toward a common goal and a framework for developing the skills they will need later in life to achieve those goals.

Cops, Social Workers Are Joining Forces To Help Homeless People Get Off The Streets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact

Laurie-Anne Walton was hired by the police department of Hollywood, Florida, last year to keep a watchful eye on her community. But Walton -- dres...