Discrimination Exists

Discrimination exists. Racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, and every other “ism” that separates people into groups exist.

And, so grouped, in some instances, some people experience reduced privilege. In some instances some people experience reduced rights. In some instances some people experience ……

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#Alllivesmatter, #Antoniomartin, #Nyc, #Police, #Racism

Resource Alert: Revamped National Human Trafficking Resource Center

By Sharon E. Chin

In lieu of the non-profit agency’s – formerly known as Polaris Project – transition to simply “Polaris”, their National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) has also matured into their very own site. Polaris has been one of the biggest forerunners in bringing awareness to the growing issue of modern-day slavery in the United States. Their hotline has been used by victims, professionals, and citizens alike since 2007.

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#Audio, #HumanTrafficking, #Location, #Research, #Resource, #Technology

Medically Assisted Suicide-Where do you stand on this topic?

I woke up this morning and as I do every morning and went on LinkedIn. One of the first posts I came across was by the Washington Post reporting on the death of Brittany Maynard.

Brittany was a 29-year-old woman recently married, planning a future with children, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer last January. At age 29, one typically has a lifetime in front of them. Imagine being ‘in her shoes.’ What would you do? What decisions and choices would you make? You are diagnosed as terminal with months to live and told the symptoms of the cancer will rob you of living a ‘normal’ life. You will develop horrible headaches, lose the ability to function ‘normally’, will need assistance to complete what are considered ADL’s and IADL’s. IADL’s- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living; cleaning, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, finances, medical appointments, medication management, communication and/or ADL’s- Activities of Daily Living; bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, ambulating (mobility)….

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#AssistedSuicide, #BrittanyMaynard, #EndOfLife, #Terminal

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

Normalizing the Mental Health Spectrum to Address Widespread Stigma

It would be fair to say that I was figuratively dragged kicking and screaming into the field of mental health. My greatest fear when my foundational practicum placement was confirmed was to be at a subsidized housing building for residents with mental health issues and I would not be adequately equipped with the necessary skills to intervene with individuals that were actively suicidal, which scared me substantially….

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#Compassion, #Humanity, #MentalHealth, #Stigma, #TherapeuticUseOfSelf

The Power of Song Sends Strength to Us All —– How One Family’s Harmony is Teaching Social Sensitivity to the Youngest Kids One Word at a Time

Get to Know the Fialco Family and Learn Why They Came Together to Produce the Starabella Narrated Musical Picture Books of Acceptance

By Lorey Friedman

This is a story of hope, endurance and determination. A non- fictional tale of a family sustained by love, working together, united in harmony, ……

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#Autism, #Challenges

Maya Angelou On What It Takes To Truly Live

“Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up. Not really. They get older. But to grow up costs the ea ……

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