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Social Workers Seek Better Pay

Social workers have always been underpaid. One reason for this is that women, in general, are underpaid and 75% of social workers are women. Another reason is the broad nature …

The Path to Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to have a clear understanding of one’s own strengths, weaknesses, thoughts and beliefs. Much of the journey to becoming an effective social worker comprises developing our …

The Cultural Evolution of Social Work

For more than a century, the profession of social work has grown, evolved and adapted to address the needs of an increasingly diverse population. As social workers, we often speak …

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Research indicates early intervention after a traumatic event can reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s why the more we know about PTSD, the more effective we can …

What You Need to Know About Clinical Case Management

Social work case managers often find themselves on the “front lines,” working with difficult and often unstable clients without the back-up of nurses, attendants and physicians traditionally found in inpatient …

How to Support Students Reentering the Classroom After Facing Severe Disciplinary Actions

For students who have faced disciplinary action that has forced them to leave their traditional school for a period of time and attend an alternative school, returning to familiar hallways may initially feel like a fresh start. But while the student may have moved on from the incident that led to the disciplinary action, their teachers and peers may still view them through the lens of the behavior that occurred the last time they were in the classroom. Rather than getting a fresh start, students are walking into a time machine.  “Even if there’s this groundbreaking change within students, they […]