Gun Control: Saving America From Themselves

I was in London when the Newtown massacre occurred. As a father of four and like so many others, the event devastated me and left me searching for answers. Realizing my American status, some Brits would ask me how Americans could tolerate these massacres. I had no answers, but wanted them. To make ……

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#Government, #GunControl, #Newton, #SecondAmendment, #Shooting

Canada’s Fallen Soldier- A Remembrance

Yesterday a shooter opened fire in Ottawa, Canada, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a soldier guarding the Ottawa War Memorial. Despite the efforts of a few local good Samaritans, Cpl. Cirillo died from his wounds, and left a city in a panicked lock-down. The suspect is thought to be a member of an extremist ……

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#Canada, #Cirillo, #Military, #Ottawa

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

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