Are We All Losing Our Minds?

The news has been chilling this week.  Two unarmed young black men were killed by police officers in a St. Louis suburb and in the city of Los Angeles.  We also got word that American icon Robin Williams took his own life after years of battling severe depression and substance abuse.  The tragedy is that none of these men should have died.  The circumstances surrounding the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson County remain disputed with only the eyewitness account of his friend on record thus far.  Ferguson County police have yet to release the identity of the officer who shot Brown.  Monday in Los Angeles, 25-year-old Ezell Ford was shot and killed by police officers.  Family members said he suffered from mental illness and was not resisting at the time of his death.  And, millions were stunned when the news broke that 63-year-old Robin Williams tragically ended his life….

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Resource for Detained or Deported Parents

The Women’s Refugee Commission has announced the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can’t be with them.

This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first-ever comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems. …

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Grading the Social Work Profession

How would you grade the social work profession in fulfilling its mission? It is useful to step back periodically to do a little self-examination to measure the progress we are making in fulfilling our purpose and achieving our goals. The late New York City Mayor Ed Koch would do this occasionally by stopping passersby on the street and asking: “How am I doing?” We as members of a unique and quite noble profession should be interested in how well we are making progress. Unlike other professions, social work and therefore social workers are committed to a broad range of objectives that define who we are. The first paragraph of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) preamble spells out the mission of the social work profession:

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well­being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well­being in a social context and the well­being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.  …

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Chronicling an MSW Internship: “Benefits”

My husband was recently offered a new job. As he traversed the negotiation and counter offer process, I was reminded of the inner workings of the business world. As the new company plied him with benefits and he weighed them against those at his current company, I thought about the agency where I’ve been interning since October. …

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Chronicling an MSW Internship: Counter-Transference

Last week was sort of a blur. I spent Sunday through Wednesday in a hotel conference center for the 2013 National Association of Social Workers IL Chapter conference. I had done some work on the event this past summer in my first level MSW placement as the NASW IL intern. It was exciting to see how it all came together, read the copy I wrote for the brochures, and to see hundreds of social workers come together to learn from and challenge one another. Due to my time at the conference, I only spent one day at my internship last week. And, unsurprising in our line of work, one day was enough to produce material for a column! …

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Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology

How has technology evolved in social work practice? Where will it go? What does it mean to integrate technology into social work? A chart like this was used for an education website. I thought it appropriate to use the format for a vision of social work. This may not be an all-inclusive list of these ……

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Social Work and the Ideals of Social Justice

Readers of SJS will know that we speak of many social justice topics, from fair wages to the right to protection under the law and much more. But what is the solution to the problems and injustices that we speak of? The answer varies, but for the University of New England’s Social Work Program ……

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Social Work Blogger Highlight: Interview with Ellen Belluomini, LCSW

Social Justice Solutions is a forum for discussing many topics in the helping fields, and an important part of that forum is highlighting the work of many writers and bloggers from multiple fields, especially that of social work. But what makes these writers and blogger tick? What drives them ……

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Becoming Me Through Social Work, Food and Love

“Food and Love are the essence of the soul and the moderator of personality.”
I said something similar to that to a friend the other day, and I’ve been reflecting on it since. Hunger and want for love and food ……

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