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Social Work

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.

Gena Bigler: Practicing the Art of Financial Social Work

Don McNay | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Don McNay

Mostly, Gena has unqualified love for the less fortunate. Although she has written letters and organized protests, what she really does well is use the tools of the financial world to help people better themselves. She calls the concept "financial social work."

Life After Death (Almost): An Inspiring Story of Recovery

Kaylee Scottaline | Posted 07.11.2012 | Denver
Kaylee Scottaline

Last year, Rachael Popejoy, now 28, bought her first house and a new car. While these might not seem like extraordinary accomplishments, it was only five years ago that doctors told Rachael's family she wouldn't survive the weekend.

Faith In The Back Row

Mark Osler | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

When a preacher speaks to the "back of the room," that should refer to more than just the volume of the speaker's voice -- it should direct the sermon to those with doubt, those who are challenged, and the rest of us who sit humble and weary.

Melissa Jeltsen

At Occupy Boston, Social Workers Address Mental Health Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

BOSTON -- After some gentle prodding, the woman paused at Occupy Boston's medic tent spilled her worries. She was losing her home in Mattapan, thanks ...

College Graduates Starting Wages Drop In Last Decade: EPI [GRAPH]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Despite remaining the safest road to financial prosperity, a college degree isn't earning the recently graduated quite as much these days. The ave...

Death Toll Mounts

Christine James-Brown | Posted 09.26.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

It seems week after week news of other child fatalities permeates the media. Coverage of high-profile cases illustrate our collective inability to keep children -- and even those who protect them -- safe.

The New Generation of Activists: How Social Workers from RISE are Restoring Social Justice to their Profession

Fernanda Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Fernanda Diaz

The Social Work community looked within and instead of figuring out ways to get respect and validity from outside, they devised new ways to adapt their own behaviors.

Help Wanted: Child Welfare Heroes

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine James-Brown

My commencement message was devoted to child welfare practice. Currently, the public child welfare systems and agencies across the country are experiencing a severe workforce crisis.

Room To Grow Revolutionizes Child Care Philanthropy

Michael Macher | Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact
Michael Macher

As America's middle class struggles to adjust to the myriad inconveniences of a shifting economic reality, low-income parents face a far more dire challenge--that of providing their children with basic care.