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About Brandon Haydon, LCSW

Brandon Haydon, LCSW is an expert contributor to and currently works at the LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center in Chicago. Lifeworks is an explicitly inclusive practice welcoming clients of all ages, ethnicities, races, spiritual practices and religious traditions, genders and sexualities.
25 12, 2017

How to Become a Social Worker

2018-01-13T16:54:10+00:00By |Careers, Education|

How to Become a Social Worker Noted American pacifist and social worker Jane Addams once was famously quoted saying, “the good we secure ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” Like Jane Addams, social workers are inherently caring individuals who care about the [...]

20 12, 2017

The Importance of Taking Action in Social Work

2017-12-04T17:02:41+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

"Ethical Principle: Social Workers Challenge Social Injustice. Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about [...]

12 12, 2017

Developing Multiracial Competence in Social Work

2018-05-31T15:34:20+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A growing number of Americans identify as multiracial, and there’s evidence to suggest that by 2050 as many as one in five Americans might claim a multiracial background. This demographic shift changes the social work environment and demands the development of multiracial competence. Social workers who understand the complexities and concerns of multiracial people are better [...]

7 12, 2017

The Importance of Boundaries

2017-12-04T17:04:01+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Workers are dedicated to serving marginalized and disadvantaged people from all walks of life, states of need, and meeting them where they are at in their journey, ability, and development. So much of the spirit of social is our attitude and ability to attend to people with diverse needs and experiences, and treat them [...]

20 06, 2017

The Social Work Code of Ethics and Ethical Dilemma Overview

2018-05-31T16:11:07+00:00By |Ethical Dilemma|

The Social Work Code of Ethics Ethical principles are standards of a group, organization, or profession that direct courses of action on behalf of the profession's agents - in this case, social workers. In social work code of ethics, an ethical dilemma is a situation requiring action on part of the social worker wherein there [...]

16 06, 2017

Social Work Values: What We Do as Social Workers Matters

2017-12-06T22:55:26+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Social Work Values: What We Do Counts So much of what we do in social work, from micro to macro level practice to social work values, is essentially arriving at new ways of trusting the process and committing to the journey while advocating for ourselves. Not so different from what we expect and hope for our [...]

2 06, 2017

What Social Workers Need to Know: Making Words Powerful and Purposeful

2017-12-06T18:04:21+00:00By |Ethical Dilemma|

Social Work Ethics: Words Used Wrong Not many years ago, the word “gay” became used as a commonplace slang expression in many dominant cultures to mean stupid, bad, unimportant, inferior. This paradoxical misuse of a word that means happy and joyous was directly related to its second meaning: homosexual. Social work ethics do not condone the [...]

24 05, 2017

How to Help Someone Having a Panic Attack. What Social Workers Need to Know

2017-12-06T22:53:14+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Panic Attack Help Social Workers Panic attacks can be a truly harrowing experience for both the client and clinician. Working in clinical social work, your likelihood of encountering someone who experiences panic attacks is significant. As a Social Worker, knowing effective panic attack help strategies is important. A recent US survey suggested that panic attacks [...]

28 04, 2017

Advocacy in Action: Behavioral Health Care Manager, CMS-1654-P

2017-12-07T18:35:14+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

The National Association of Social Workers has put out a call for social workers to inform themselves about the behavioral health care manager position and advocate for social workers to be included in the language and official job requisites for this title and funding eligibility. The NASW urges that “this is an opportunity for social workers [...]

25 04, 2017

Working With People With Paranoia: What Social Workers Need to Know

2018-05-24T03:16:48+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Tips for Helping People with Paranoia Social workers are highly likely to encounter people exhibiting some paranoid features at some time in their careers. From features of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's to effects from some prolonged substance dependence disorders and even some personality disorders, paranoia of varying degrees is [...]

20 04, 2017

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

2017-12-07T21:21:10+00:00By |Advocacy, Ask A Social Worker|

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 to use computers and phones, [...]

23 03, 2017

Social Workers Help Promote Positivity and Hope: The Hope Kaleidoscope

2017-12-07T20:13:03+00:00By |Advocacy, Ask A Social Worker|

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 - it both emanates and [...]

7 03, 2017

School Social Work or Counseling: What’s the Difference?

2018-05-31T16:10:12+00:00By |Bullying, Careers|

When looking at the many options of social work careers in therapy and counseling services, it is easy to get confused with the roles of a school social worker and a school counselor. There is some overlap in these two professions, but there are also distinct differences as well. Understanding how each one affects the [...]

27 02, 2017

Advocacy In Action: Social Work Student Loan Debt

2018-05-31T16:00:58+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

How Student Loans Affect Students Being a social worker is a multifaceted role that requires caring, committed, and educated people to deliver the crucial services to populations in need. Most social work positions require an MSW at entry level or to advance, while the cost of graduate social work education is on the rise across [...]

12 01, 2017

Native American Water Rights: Social Work Advocacy In Action and The Dakota Access Pipeline

2017-12-07T19:27:34+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

The Issue: Native American Water Rights Social workers are dedicated to advocacy and action in service to marginalized and oppressed groups, which can include the Native Americans and Native American Water Rights. Native Americans, or First Nations peoples, a diverse array of tribes, cultures, and traditions, have been among the most oppressed and injured groups in [...]

26 12, 2016

Social Work and Politics: Your Approach to the Election Cycle

2017-12-07T19:34:57+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work and Politics As a clinician, I’ve observed how election cycles tend to bring about unique client issues and features in therapy. Let's dig into social work and politics. A brief review of social media, op-eds and the blogospheres suggests the powerful impacts of the recent U.S. presidential campaign perhaps more than others. Many therapists may [...]

12 10, 2016

NASW’s Call For The Behavioral Health Care Manager

2016-11-02T19:06:08+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The National Association of Social Workers has put out a call for social workers to inform themselves about a unique social work position, Behavioral Health Care Manager, and advocate for social workers to be included in the language and official job requisites for this title and funding eligibility. What is a Behavioral Health Care Manager? [...]

5 10, 2016

Taking Action on Social Work Student Loan Debt

2018-05-31T16:15:56+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Student Loan Debt Continues to Outpace Social Work Salaries: Learn More About Loan Forgiveness for Social Workers Social work student loan debt is a growing issue in the social services community. Being a social worker is a multifaceted role that requires caring, committed, and educated people to deliver the crucial services to populations [...]

16 08, 2016

Social Work & Cura Personalis

2016-10-24T13:53:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A personal reflection from one of our site contributors Brandon Haydon, LCSW. Cura Personalis Influences in Social Work I completed my MSW at Jesuit institution. While not a particular faith attendant myself, I chose to study at this institution for three main reasons: their renown for clinical training, their apparent devotion to diversity in faculty [...]

4 05, 2016

Social Media & Client Boundaries

2016-10-24T13:53:41+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Social media boundaries with clients - what if they “friend request” you? Can I accept? Answer provided by contributing expert, Brandon Haydon, LCSW. The proliferation of social media and telecommunications is a growing point of interest and a challenge for the social work profession to navigate in terms of boundaries. This is especially important [...]

28 04, 2016

The Unpredictable Client

2016-12-13T17:29:03+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Social Work Topics Involving Difficult Clients Social work topics including how to make progress with difficult clients. Learn how to handle the unpredictable client with frequent, prolonged outbursts. Working with Difficult Clients I have an unpredictable client with frequent, prolonged outbursts. What are some methods I might consider trying to diffuse the outbursts? Depending [...]

28 04, 2016

Ethics & Gifts From Clients

2018-05-31T15:49:19+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Ethical Dilemma|

I often get gifts from clients – can I keep them? Answer provided by contributing expert, Brandon Haydon, LCSW. This can be an ethical dilemma, as we want to preserve the importance of human relationships and honor the intentions and goodwill or clients, but protect our professionalism and respect their vulnerability through maintaining boundaries. [...]

27 04, 2016

What Are The Differences Between Public & Private Practice?

2016-12-13T17:27:20+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Private Practice and Public Practice (Social Services) Do you have questions about the differences between social work private practice and public practice? Learn the answers from contributing expert, Brandon Haydon, LCSW. Social Work Private Practice vs. Social Services Facts The main difference between social work private practice and social services tend to be the [...]