Are Social Workers Helping Inmates Rot in Solitary Confinement?

As I wrote in a blog post several weeks ago, there are about 25,000 people held in solitary confinement in supermax prison units called SHUs—security housing units—and another 80,000 inmates housed in isolation cells in regular prisons and jails.  Many of these individuals are mentally ill.  Some are juve ……

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#Ethics, #Jail, #SocialWork, #SolitaryConfinement

Profile of a Healthy Marriage

PROFILE of a HEALTHY MARRIAGE
by
F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, LMFT, BCD
Former President, The Florida Society for Clinical Social Work

                Modern day society is filled with idealized models that define physical perfection. For most of us, these are unattainable and unrealistic. Idealized ……

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#Marriage, #Relationships, #SocialWork, #Therapy

Dying With Dignity Versus Suicide

Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but I’ve been following this story about 29-year-old Brittany Maynard who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She moved from California to Oregon because she wanted to end her life (legal in Oregon) rather than suffer through a longer and painful death from the spread of this terrible disease. I completely sympathize with her and other victims of terminal illnesses who want to “die with dignity.” If I were in their shoes I’d probably do the same thing….

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#BrittanyMaynard, #DyingWithDignity, #Interview, #Suicide

Social Work as a Profession has Value

I came across a discussion on LinkedIn in a social work group titled: The Failure of Social Work. Maybe it is only me, but I take issue with the title of the post. Why is social work itself a failure? As a profession it does not have the same ‘value’ as other professions in society, but it is a needed profession. Who do people turn to when they have questions or need help with or for a family member, friend, client, patient or themselves? Usually a social worker….

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#Advocacy, #SocialJustice, #SocialWork, #Value

Looking back to Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to recognize the critical work of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). This year, MIAW occurred the week of October 5, during which mental health providers and advocates placed increased attention on public awareness, access to support and resources, and the reduction of stigma associated with mental illness. In 2012, an estimated 43.7 million adults, 18.6 percent of the U.S. population, reported having any mental illness…

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#McSilver, #MentalHealth

The Forgotten Poor: More Children Living in Extreme Poverty

 

The number of children living in extreme poverty—on $2.00 or less per person per day in a household—grew significantly from 1996 until 2011.  In 2011, 3.55 million children in 1.65 million households were living in extreme poverty in a given month.  …

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#ChildhoodPoverty, #Poverty, #SNAP