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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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 11.23.2014 | Gay 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.

Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

Robert West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Robert West

Speaking from the position of "them and those," a position I remember all to well, I say...Check the help, and free yourself!

Responding to the Saviour Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part I)

Robert West | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Robert West

After much contemplation, I chose, despite hearing many tales of woe accompanied by dire warnings (e.g., low wages and burnout), to pursue a social work degree to better position myself to understand, serve and learn from causes and communities I hold near and dear to my heart.

Choosing Social Work as a Transgender Career

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I want that transgender teen to know that they can be whomever they truly are, and become whatever it is their heart desires. Being transgender should never be an encumbrance to living your life.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Ranking Colleges by Student Earnings Doesn't Make the Grade

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 12.03.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

While preparing students for successful careers is part of our mission, the notion of ranking schools by earnings' of new graduates creates a major problem for educators.

To Curb Domestic Violence, Start With Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

When lawmakers in March reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act--the landmark legislation that guarantees certain rights and protections for survivors of domestic violence--they expanded a rule to bar landlords from evicting survivors from any publicly-supported home.

Home Health Aides: Living Lifelines in Sandy's Hobbled Communities

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Marki Flannery

The hurricane amplified the power of teamwork that many experts believe is the future of home- and community-based care, among aides as well as across a diversified team of caregivers.

We Should All Hug a Social Worker

Dominic Carter | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Dominic Carter

Social Workers are the fabric of our society, and I for one don't think we should take them for granted.

Music Therapy for Individuals With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Ensuring that residents in nursing homes and others have access to music of their choice is a fabulous goal to strive toward.

Medical Boundaries: Which Are Necessary?

Judith Acosta | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

There was a time, not that long ago, that a doctor was not a deity surrounded by the impermeable membrane of incomprehensible technology. A doctor was just another member of the community.

Chief Justice Robert's Health Care Decision: A Moral Perspective

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
SaraKay Smullens

In the exhausting examination, reflection and surprise in this news, one point is being overlooked: Roberts is Catholic, and the very best of Catholic ideals hold enormous compassion for those who suffer.