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3 09, 2018

The Clinical Significance of Pets

2018-08-22T18:13:51+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Case Study: Working Clinically With Clients & Their Pets *In efforts to protect client anonymity, names in the case examples included in this article have been redacted and the shared content is purposely not credited to the contributing clinical social worker. Client: "Losing my cat was like losing a family member." In a recent session, [...]

9 10, 2017

10 More Documentaries on Netflix for Social Workers

2018-08-03T21:08:29+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Industry Articles & Topics|

For social workers looking to educate themselves, gain perspective, or see a different side of a particular topic or issue, documentary films are a great place to start! Thousands of social, cultural, historical, and political documentaries are streaming on Netflix, and many provide in-depth looks at subjects relevant to social work practitioners and students. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

12 05, 2017

A Social Worker’s Personal Reflection on Social Work Research: My Thoughts on Social Work Research as a Social Worker

2017-12-06T21:12:34+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Social Workers and Social Work Research Social work as a profession is widely recognized as having a commitment to social justice and social change, to go beyond merely conducting research about individuals, groups, communities, to designing studies with and for the individuals, groups, and communities being observed through social work research. However, as social work [...]

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, [...]

17 04, 2017

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

2017-12-07T21:27:19+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

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 alcohol and drugs can bring [...]

13 04, 2017

Social Work Ethics: Q & A on Social Work Practice

2018-05-31T16:13:13+00:00By |Advocacy, Ask A Social Worker|

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 get them to stop using [...]

4 04, 2017

New to Social Work? Start Here

2017-12-07T19:28:42+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

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 framework is best, what that [...]

29 03, 2017

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

2017-12-07T21:14:31+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

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 with the cause.  And, October [...]

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 [...]

8 02, 2017

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

2018-05-31T16:06:47+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Bullying|

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 to address this growing issue? [...]

3 02, 2017

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

2017-01-30T23:14:41+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

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 and cons that need to [...]

30 01, 2017

Social Work Research: Using Participatory Action Research

2017-12-01T19:55:53+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Industry Articles & Topics|

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 working with grassroots groups and [...]

21 01, 2017

How Social Work with Animals is Increasing

2017-12-07T20:22:48+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Industry Articles & Topics|

The benefits of emotional support or service animals have been well documented in many social work careers and counseling literature, and as a result, social work practitioners are likely to see an increase in social work with animals. Clients making use of such benefits opt to live with an animal that can provide support for [...]

9 12, 2016

Policy Brief: Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2015

2018-01-05T20:27:35+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Bullying, Industry Articles & Topics|

The Problem of Bullying in Schools The problem of bullying in schools is both a child welfare and an educational concern. Social work bullying can be a focus area. Students who are bullied are in danger of being physically and emotionally injured, in addition to the disruption bullying can cause in an educational environment. Students cannot [...]

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 [...]