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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.

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

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...

A Digital Lifeline: The Importance of Cell Phones to Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Eric Rice

That's right, this young homeless woman has cell phone. And she's using it to reach out to me to try to get some answers about her legal rights. And yes, I promised to call her back once I had more information.

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...

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

My Second Love

Lynda Freeman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

In spite of our best intentions, love has a way of coming round again. Here is such a story.

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.

My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

My Michael Brown and Ezell Ford Moment

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

We need much more humane tactics in dealing not only with unarmed, young men, particularly those of color; we also need much more humane tactics in dealing with the mentally ill.

Commemorating the Lives of Italian-American, Non-Traditional Social Workers, From East Harlem

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 07.01.2014 | New York
Joseph LoGiudice

The Pascales are the few people who can light that flame of hope through their beautiful and touching stories, especially during this grim time of capitalism that overshadows individuals' basic rights and needs.

Mickey Rooney, Teen Idol Turned Elder Hero: What We Can Learn From Him

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

He showed us how to continue to be productive even as we become older. And then he showed us how vulnerable anyone can be to elder abuse, and how to handle this tragedy.

Social Work Month: All People Matter

Melanie Zurek | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

We celebrate and thank social workers, this month and every day, for their work to ensure the rights of all people to make free and informed choices about their bodies and their lives.

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.

Rebuilding Stronger After Typhoon Haiyan

Annalisa Enrile | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Annalisa Enrile

Time and again, we heard Filipinos are "resilient." While it's an oft-repeated cliché, it's also true.

Public Health: Why Facts Alone Don't Change Opinions

Melanie Zurek | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Melanie Zurek

I knew we were on to something. For much of 2013, our team at Provide explored ideas about how we could move people on the issue of abortion in deepl...

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.

We Are for the Child and the Social Worker

Michael Piraino | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Piraino

March is National Social Work Month. It's a good time to honor this profession that takes on such an important and difficult task.

Shedding Light On Foster Children In Need, From Rosie O'Donnell (VIDEO)

Posted 02.10.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked what’s next in the career of an entertainer who’s done it all, actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell had some exciting news to share wit...

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.

12 Neglected Children Rescued From Australian Settlement

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

A dozen filthy, neglected children, some with deformities or disabilities due to generations of inbreeding, have been found on a rural Australian sett...

The 'Golden Rule' of the Helping Professions

Ross A. Rosenberg | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ross A. Rosenberg

As people who are entrusted with so much responsibility, professional helpers should conduct themselves according to a standard that prohibits them from providing services that they themselves need.

Assessing the Value of a College Degree?

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Now in its second week, Washington is no closer to ending the government shutdown. Prior to the shutdown there had been some heated conversation about...

Saying the Right Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When people are coping with a difficult situation, sometimes friends show up and make it worse. So I offer this modest guide of ways you can avoid being one of them.