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Wisdom of the Brain: 5 questions on neuroscience and the helping professions for Dr. Cameron J. Thomas

Tim Ward | Posted 01.13.2017 | Impact
Tim Ward

Research on the frontiers of neuroscience is radically reshaping how we understand the brain and the mind, and changing what we know about learning, m...

Social Work At The Crossroads: How To Resist The Politics Of A Donald Trump Presidency

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Authors: Crystal M. Hayes, MSW, Hannah Karpman, PhD , and Joshua Miller, PhD In the age of a Trump presidency, social work has a decision to make: wil...

Social Workers Face Manslaughter Charges In Detroit Toddler's Death

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.14.2016 | Crime

A Detroit social worker and her supervisor are facing manslaughter charges after prosecutors said they failed to protect a 3-year-old boy who was foun...

Do Black Women's Lives Matter To Social Work?: A Gender Analysis Of Racialized State-Sanctioned Police Violence

Crystal M. Hayes | Posted 08.23.2016 | Black Voices
Crystal M. Hayes

We've paid very little to no attention to the nine women that we've already lost by police violence this year or the impact it has on their families and communities.

Staying the Course for Hope and Humanity in Health Care

Susan Northover | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Susan Northover

Health care involves a great deal more than medical care. It involves safe and stable housing, access to healthy and affordable food, and tools and resources to stay connected to other people and a wider community. It involves humanity and hope.

My Transgender Life: He's Still Inside Me

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

For me, with a long and pretty wonderful life behind me, I have never felt that part of me has died or even missing.

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.

Forging Solutions Out of Challenges: Why Social Workers Are an Essential Part of Effective Home Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The outstanding and irreplaceable support they provide -- not only to patients, but also to the nurses, therapists and home health aides that they're collaborating with -- underscores the reality that effective home care is truly team endeavor.

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.

Soy/Somos: Colombiana

Marlena Maduro Baraf | Posted 03.01.2016 | Latino Voices
Marlena Maduro Baraf

From my blog Soy/Somos, a series that celebrates the multiple identities of Latinos in the USA.You can read the introductory post here: Soy/Somos: We...

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

Anneke Krakers | Posted 12.21.2016 | 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.

They Don't Know the Life of a Foster Child

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

Prejudgment, false conception, and assumptions are a few of the many things that foster kids deal with on a constant basis. Unless they have lived it, breathed it and endured through it, many don't know what a lot of foster kids go through.

Learning How to Respect Your Struggles

Minaa B | Posted 08.27.2016 | Black Voices
Minaa B

Respect Your Struggle believes that in life there is room for failure. You don't have to be afraid of being different. You don't always have to be strong. You are not alone in your suffering, and despite the struggles that you face, your life is deserving of its best chance.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

To the Caring Side of Health Care

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 08.10.2016 | Healthy Living
J.J. Colagrande

I've been spending a lot of time in hospitals and nursing homes. I can't walk through the facility without slowing down and looking an elderly perso...

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.

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

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.19.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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...

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.