McSilver Institute Lifts Macro Social Work

The power of macro social work practice was on display Wednesday evening at the second annual McSilver Awards at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fisher Building.  Led by director Mary McKernan McKay, the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work has become a force for social justice and societal change in New York and an example for the nation of the transformational power of social work.   At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the only thing I can say is: you should have been there.  Describing the energy and emotions that filled the evening would be difficult to do in this short post….

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#SocialJustice, #SocialWork

Fordham to Host Child Advocacy Conference

Every year, more than 3 million children are abused or neglected in New York State alone, with many more cases going unreported.

In line with their mission to foster awareness of child abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and bullying, the Future Child Advocates of Fordham has announced their first annual child advocacy conference, “A Call to Advocacy: The Past, Present, and Future of Child Well-Being.”

The multidisciplinary academic event featuring some of the country’s foremost experts in child abuse pediatrics and maltreatment prevention will be held at Fordham University’s Keating Hall 1st Floor Auditorium on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 8:30 am – 1 pm. …

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#ChildAbuse, #Ethics, #Fordham, #FutureChildAdvocates, #SocialJustice

The Value of Liberal Arts Education: Fordham Students Share Their Perspectives

At a recent interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education, a distinguished panel comprised of university presidents, academics, and the Under Secretary of Education discussed the value of liberal arts education. Each speaker made compelling arguments ……

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#Academic, #CeliaBFisher, #Education, #Ethics, #Fordham, #FordhamUniversity, #Government, #JamesVanWyck, #Research, #Students

The Skyrocketing Costs of Mental Health

Ensuring the mental health of Americans is a costly affair.  Three recent unrelated occurrences should help us realize there is no inexpensive way to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illness.  By now most of us have heard about the “broken” Veterans Administration and its failure to provide timely services that has led premature deaths of veterans.  Newspapers, broadcast media and numerous blogs have reported about various calls for the resignation of VA Department Secretary Eric Shinseki following a few damaging reports about unacceptable medical practices involving veterans—particularly the report out of Phoenix that veterans

were dying after secret waiting lists were discovered falsifying wait times for treatment….

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#Americans, #Concussions, #Department, #Health, #Institute, #Judge, #President, #SocialWork, #Suicide, #Veterans

Medicine Is An Art – Not Just A Science

We are all the same and yet we are all different. The art of medicine, yes – medicine is an art as much as a science – dictates the need for individualization of care. Every person with hypertension has elevated blood pressure and every person with diabetes has high blood sugar, but approaching every ……

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#Addiction, #Psychotherapy, #Treatment, #Work

Community supports Durham FADE recommendations

Yesterday, nine community organizations partnered with the Durham FADE Coalition and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to prioritize five of the more than 30 recommendations from the Human Relations Commission meant to end racial profiling by the Durham Police Department….

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#Civilian, #Coalition, #CriminalJustice, #RacialProfiling

Missing the Boat with Donald Sterling and Athletes…21st Century Solutions

Here is how a social worker would work with the Donald Sterlings or other offending athletes. I am addressing negative behaviors of the athletic community, but the same can be said of any community (celebrities, corporations, or CEO’s). Financial consequences and short bans from playing usually accompany misbehavior. Are these consequences effective? Social workers know they are not….

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#Abuse, #Cancer, #Nba, #Policy

Educating the Public About Children’s Mental Health Services

In the Fall of 2013, the McSilver Institute partnered with the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) and Social Justice Solutions to co-sponsor a symposium in Washington, DC, on the impact of federal policies and programs on children’s mental health services.  This is Part 4 of a four-part series.  Click here for Parts One, Two and Three. …

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#ChildrensMentalHealth, #PublicAwareness

Employers Prefer You Apply Via Their Website

Okay so let’s say you see a job you are interested in applying for. Near the end of the posting, it gives you three ways to apply for the job; fax, email or online. Does it matter which you use to apply? According to several employers I’ve spoken with, it does. …

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#JobAdvice, #JobApplications, #Resume, #Unemployment