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Social workers help individuals, families and members of groups and communities restore their capabilities to function in society — but social workers also help each other. Use this forum to add your own responses to questions or ask a new one and get real answers from seasoned Social Workers.

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Working with Clients Who Exhibit Paranoia Symptoms: A Social Worker’s Experience with Paranoia

Working with Clients Who Exhibit Paranoia Symptoms I have worked in Community Mental Health for a number of years, addressing the needs of some of the most vulnerable populations in our society, and paranoia symptoms are something with which with I've become rather familiar. I’ve worked with folks who have refused [...]

Having a WRAP Plan: How Social Workers Can Help Clients with Mental Health Issues

Working with Clients with Mental Health Diagnoses When a loved one is living with a mental health diagnosis, it is life changing not only for that person but also for their family members. Regardless of age having to raise a child with a mental health diagnosis can be very overwhelming. Addiction to [...]

Social Work Ethics: Q & A on Social Work Practice

Setting the Right Boundaries in Social Work Practice Ever since I became a social worker, my friends have come to me for “free” help and therapy. I used to enjoy it but now I find that some of them have become dependent on me. Any advice on how I can [...]

New to Social Work? Start Here

On Being New to Social Work Whether your title is therapist, counselor, case manager or the like, becoming a social worker the field can be scary. You question your skillset, your ability to best help your clients, if you’re prepared enough, if you can handle difficult situations, which techniques to use, which theoretical [...]

Domestic Violence Awareness: A Social Worker’s Reflection on Awareness Campaigns for Women’s Issues

Awareness of Multiple Women's Issues Every year when October rolls around, I begin to notice hints of pink on the television, in businesses and storefronts, on online banners and Facebook photos. October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color that has come to be associated [...]

Social Workers Help Promote Positivity and Hope: The Hope Kaleidoscope

The Goals of Social Work: The Hope Kaleidoscope We can think about the goals of social work - whether clinical, community, advocacy, or teaching - as a mutually transformative process. No matter the scope of your social work specialization, what we do impacts the world around us and subsequently ourselves [...]

Public Shaming on Social Media – Is It Ever a Good Parenting Strategy?

Social media has dramatically changed the way many parents raise and reprimand their children. With more parents actively participating in the ubiquitous world of online social networks, an increasing number are using it as a platform to publicly shame and punish their children. What can families and social workers do [...]

For-profit and Non-profit Organizations: How Do They Differ for Social Workers?

For social workers, deciding between working for a non-profit or for-profit organization can be a juggling act of ethical, financial and cultural considerations. So what's the right career move for you? While many would consider the non-profit space a perfect fit for those interested in social work, there are pros [...]

Social Work Research: Using Participatory Action Research

Social Work Research: Using Participatory Action Research Participatory action social work research has long been linked positively to the social work profession, due to its emphasis on systemic social change, the liberation of marginalized groups, and examination of systems of power and knowledge. These core components, along with a focus on [...]

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