An Australian Christmas Carol – A badly written, reconstituted moral tale

Mr Ebenezer Morrison lay his head on the pillow.

“I did good today real good. I won’t be given moral lectures by anyone…but I got ‘em… oh yes … Now I can send those illegals back whenever I like. They will never be Australian.” He smiled and with a belly full of Christmas cheer drifted off to sleep….

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

What if we knew how to prevent children and youth from engaging in risky and self-destructive behaviors?  What if we can use scientific research to identify those factors that work and then could replicate success?  In 2009, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine issued a report: Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders among Young People: Progress and Possibilities that change the thinking of researchers and policymakers about behavioral health.  It launched a new era of prevention research and we are beginning to see the dividends today.  Policymakers are now looking for ways to prevent as well as treat social problems. …

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#BehavioralHealth, #ChildWelfare, #Employment, #Research, #Work

Middle America Votes for More of the Same

The Republicans’ decisive sweep of the 2014 midterm elections should be a wake up call for Democrats.  There are lessons to be learned.  People will not go to the polls and vote in large numbers if they do not have a compelling reason to go.  Second, Republicans learned from their mistakes and capi ……

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#Congress, #Election, #Obama, #Republican, #Senate

‘Generosity is penicillin to our culture of entitlement’: Cardinal Dolan on ethics, social justice and issues facing millennials

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York (center) with Michael Menconi FCRH ’15 (left) and Ken Ochs FCRH ’15 (right)
On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education Ethics and Society blog student editors Michael Menconi FCRH ’15 and Ken Ochs FCRH & ……

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What Do We Want from the President?

Should Republicans take control of the United States Senate there will be many political pundits faulting Democrats for their inability to get black voters to go the polls.  Why won’t black voters go to the polls in large numbers?  Well, it’s a non-presidential election which typically leads to low voter ……

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#Justice, #LetsTalkPolicy, #MacroSocialWork, #Nasw, #Research, #Social, #SocialWorkers, #University, #VotingRights, #White

Tips for politicians: The ten things that will never work no matter how hard you try

When the Twin Towers went down some people just couldn’t keeping watching – it was too distressing. The media reports went on for days even months. Others like me couldn’t stop watching. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s a way of dealing with the trauma and disbelief. Watching Australian television in the last few months has had the same effect – like watching a train wreck in slow motion. I really don’t want to watch but just can’t help it.  So out of all this, a few observations for all the politicians out there – the 10 things that will never work no matter how hard you try.

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#Australia, #Government, #Politicians, #Politics

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

Things May Have to Get Worse Before They Get Better

If the political prognosticators are correct, the American people are poised to hand over the United States Senate to Republicans on November 4.  That is, the American people who will bother to go to the polls and cast their vote.  These Americans are likely to be older, whiter, more affluent and more conservative than average American voters.  They are more likely to believe that government is the problem rather than a mechanism to solve problems.  They are less likely to need social services and less willing to pay taxes to provide them.  They are eager to get to the polls because the status quo is probably working for them more than it is for millions of Americans struggling to keep their heads above water. …

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Meet Tanya Rhodes Smith—the New Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work

 

Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and continuous efforts by various states to limit the voting power of progressive constituents demand that social workers be more politically active. …

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Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and they were ever present during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  A motto of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is Help Starts Here.  I imagine there are social workers on the ground in Ferguson.  If not in a healing role, I would bet there are social workers among the protesters.  The Missouri chapter of NASW is in Jefferson City, little more than a 2 hour drive away. …

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