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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 off...

Let's Talk About Prison Reform

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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 07.06.2015 | 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 06.25.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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...

Forging Community Partnerships to Improve Integrated Health

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

With the growing need for social workers in integrated healthcare roles and the rapid advances in medical technology and treatment, the demands on social workers are greater than ever before.

Pope Francis for President in 2016, Help for the Angels, and Happy New Year!

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
SaraKay Smullens

Perhaps God has continued to wink at us in ways both small and larger ways through harsh decades, offering hope and promise, despite pervasive corruption and "spiritual diseases" and betrayals akin to what has been happening, but previously ignored, in Rome.

5 Reasons Why Social Workers Need to Be Rich

Eva Forde | Posted 01.19.2015 | Good News
Eva Forde

The bottom line is this: social workers need to be rich -- and there's no reason why they shouldn't be. Perhaps as wealth becomes a reality for more of these trained professionals, their ability to enrich the lives of others will be expanded as well.

The Status Quo Is Not Working: Our Returning Vets Deserve Better

Dr. Anthony Hassan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Dr. Anthony Hassan

Our findings confirm what we had long believed to be the case. Our separating service members are not getting the help and services they need -- and deserve.

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 12.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Why I Study LGBTQ and Disability in Social Work

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I have been involved with the LGBTQ population since the age of 16. I was tired of feeling like the outsider among my peers and community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Why I Write

Edie Weinstein | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When I comes right down to it, like many wordsmiths, I write simply because (as grammatically incorrect as it sounds) I "can't not write." What a lovely addiction by which I am plagued.

Restorative Discipline Should Be Common Practice to Lower Student and Teacher Dropout Rate

Marilyn Armour | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Marilyn Armour

Not surprisingly, student discipline correlates with dropout rates, and that's particularly troubling in Texas where 25 percent of students fail to graduate.

Remembering Our Roots, Reimagining Our Work: Social Work Practice in the 21st Century

Laura De Palma | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Laura De Palma

Social work has a rich history in micro and macro practice that addresses individual and community needs as well as confronts their root causes by challenging systems, institutions, and policies that keep oppression/privilege intact.

Healing for the Healers: The Great Personal Toll of Social Work

Ariel Zwang | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Join me in marking World Social Work Day by letting social workers know that you appreciate everything they do to strengthen our communities, knowing that they often pay a real price for doing so.

Five Things I Learned By Listening To Americans In Need

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

This past year, we've been asking low-income adults what's getting in they way as they strive to reach their goals. By simply listening, we've learned a lot about what Americans in need need to reach stability.