Social Work and the Welfare State

As a social worker on the Hill I have had a front row seat during battles over the welfare state.  Usually the main combatants are Republican conservatives who continue their relentless quest to reduce government’s involvement in providing for indigent Americans and Democratic progressives who believe go ……

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Most Californians have experienced childhood trauma; early adversity a direct link to adult onset of chronic disease, depression, violence

 

Nearly two-thirds of California adults have experienced at least one type of major childhood trauma, such as physical, verbal or sexual abuse, or living with a family member who abuses alcohol or is depressed, according to a report released last week.

The report – “Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California” (HiddenCrisis_Report_1014) – also reveals the effects of those early adversities: a startling and large increased risk of the adult onset of chronic disease, such as heart disease and cancer, mental illness and violence or being a victim of violence. …

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#Abuse, #ChildTrauma, #CriminalJustice, #MentalHealth, #Policy

Resource Alert: New Trauma Tool Helps Narrow The Gap Between Research and Practice

Trauma is pervasive. We know that anyone can experience trauma, regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economic status. Over the past two to three decades we have learned a lot about trauma – its immediate and long-term impact but also what treatments and organizational practices are effective for helping individuals heal and build resilience.

In a widespread effort to become more trauma-informed, all of us need to take advantage of existing research, knowledge, practices, and approaches that have already shown to be effective in addressing trauma. To support this effort, JBS International and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health created a free web-based tool entitled “Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources” that provides insights and resources for anyone wanting to be more trauma-informed. The tool consists of video interviews with lessons learned from individuals and organizations as well as educational documents and comprehensive resources that are updated regularly.

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#Abuse, #Health, #MentalHealth, #Policy, #Trauma

Considering the psychological needs of immigrants

On September 16, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education and Center for Religion and Culture hosted a conference to discuss whether we have a moral obligation to immigrants. Entitled “A Crisis of Conscience: What Do We Owe Immigrant Youth and Families?” the conference featured former U.S. Senator and 50th Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, former immigration judge Sarah Burr, and Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. David Ushery, journalist and host of NBC’s “The Debrief” moderated the event. …

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#Activism, #CriminalJustice, #Immigration, #Policy

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 ……

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#Ferguson, #Policy, #Research, #SocialWork, #Violence

A Gut Full Of Nonsense

Like the bloated aftermath of a big meal, I have had a gut full of politicians and some commentators, childish behaviour in parliament, inhumanity and cruelty, and nothing but ‘broken record’ and ‘blame the other guy’ tactics from our government.
Quality media is bending over backwards to ensure their ……

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Immigration influx leads to federal and local policy changes

Sparked by a surge in Central American migrants fleeing their homes due to poverty and violence, protests near San Diego calling to deport immigrants reignited the debate surrounding immigration policy. In one example, 100 protesters sought to turn back buses of immigrants heading to a Border Patrol ……

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#Immigration, #McSilver, #Policy