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

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 M. De Palma | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Laura M. 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 03.24.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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.

Foster Care Agencies Are to be Commended for What They Do, Day In Day Out

Dominic Carter | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Dominic Carter

These are all professionals that are modest people. I call them unsung heroes. People who surely don't do it for the money, as they will never get rich doing what they do, but they are just as happy as the millionaires. In fact, one could make a case, they are happier.

Yoga, The How of Now: Working in an Acute Care, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital

Rob Schware | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Joanne Spence, Executive Director of Yoga in Schools. Since the 80s, Joanne has worked in several fields of mental health in...

Adrift in the Waters of Childhood Cancer -- Arguing to Change the Standard of Care

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

April 11, 2008 will always remain etched in my memory for one simple reason. It is the day that we heard the words "your daughter has cancer." They are four of the worst words that a parent could ever imagine hearing.

Understanding and Compassion: Essential Ingredients to Mental Health Reform

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Reforming our approach to mental health in America must place at the forefront of any reform the idea that people afflicted with mental illness and people suffering from mental illness are people first, just like you or I.

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.

The Tissue Controversy: Tears in Hospitals

Wendy Cadge | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Cadge

When health-care providers cry -- as they almost all do, at least occasionally -- I encourage all of us as their family members, friends, colleagues, and sometimes patients to offer them an ear, a tissue, and a reminder that even though it is rarely talked about, they are not crying alone.

Suicide And The Search For Green Pastures

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

There are too many people in our communities who find themselves in the middle of a life journey that does not seem to lead them to places of peace and comfort. One of those persons was a former neighbor of mine who took her life a few weeks ago.

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.

Hospice: Keeping Promises, Honoring Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The care G. provided his grandfather, who died in 2010 at age 94, was at once ordinary -- millions care for their loved ones through aging, illness and dying -- and extraordinary.

There Is No 'I' in 'Safety Net'

Mary Ann Christopher | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Christopher

At the center of Mrs. Barrow's team is Felicia herself; her needs, her feedback, and her participation are essential. Then, working collaboratively and across all facets of her daily life, she is supported by a nurse-led team of health professionals.

New Program Trains Social Workers To Help Troops

AP | Posted 07.27.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- A new program is being launched to train thousands of social workers on how to aid troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. First ...

Bill Targets Improved Education For Foster Children

AP | KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 07.31.2012 | Education

MIAMI — Federal lawmakers proposed a bill Thursday that would give social workers better access to school records in an effort to improve educat...