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29 04, 2019

Restorative Justice for Domestic Violence Cases

2018-11-07T18:58:02+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Restorative justice is often used in social work and services as an alternative to prosecution. But how appropriate is it for domestic violence cases? Restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is a dialogue-based practice that brings victims and offenders together to discuss a crime’s impact – with the goal of restitution and closure for [...]

22 04, 2019

Why Social Workers Need Multiracial Competence

2018-11-07T18:53:26+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. Social workers who understand the complexities and concerns of multiracial people are better equipped to work with America’s increasingly diverse cultural populations. Our Multiracial Nation Barack Obama was, of course, [...]

15 04, 2019

An Introduction to Family Resilience

2018-10-05T18:32:18+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Resilience Framework Resilience is an oft-used term in social work practice and scholarship that reflects the social work profession’s strengths-based perspective. While the term resilience has been defined in a number of ways, it can be generally understood to mean an individual’s ability to “bounce back” or return to a normal level of functioning [...]

8 04, 2019

BridgingApps: An Online App Search Tool for a Variety of Social Work Needs

2018-10-05T18:14:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Recent advances in technology have created opportunities previously unimaginable. We can video-chat with loved ones in real time across the world, control our homes remotely, and do much of our banking and shopping online. The power of the smartphone, and the many applications available for download, has also created new opportunities for maintaining and improving [...]

2 04, 2019

Amy Johnson Chong, LCSW – The Role of Play in Child Development

2018-10-05T17:54:24+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Play.  It’s Not Just for Fun It’s 11:30am and I’m having a therapy session with 4 year-old Kyle and his mother at their home.  As I’m pulling out my sand tray, dolls, Lincoln Logs and puzzles for Kyle to choose from he begins to tear open the bag with the figurines (small dolls and animals).  [...]

1 04, 2019

Multiracial Children: What Social Workers Need to Know

2018-10-17T17:15:10+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Multiracial children are the fastest-growing youth group in the U.S. What do social workers need to know about serving and helping this diverse cohort? Social workers help a range of clients from different ethnicities and backgrounds, and their most vulnerable charges are often the children they serve, with multiracial children being no exception. Research suggests that [...]

29 03, 2019

Social Work Month Special Release: Choosing a Career in Social Work E-Book

2019-04-25T19:08:55+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

March is National Social Work month, so there is no better time than now to learn what it takes to become a social worker! Read more here.

25 03, 2019

4 Game-changers With Social Work Backgrounds

2018-10-05T17:34:17+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Most social workers do not start their professions looking for fame and accolades. Yet some social workers become such prominent advocates for their communities that they find themselves in positions of great power and influence – helping shape public policy and decisions that affect people across the nation and the world. With so many diverse social worker career opportunities, the five [...]

4 03, 2019

March is Social Work Month

2019-03-06T19:15:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Recognizing The Field ...AND Sacred Heart University for Waiving MSW Application Fees In Recognition of Social Work Month. It is a time when the nation’s 650,000 social workers are recognized for their efforts as community leaders, champions and advocates for social justice, welfare and During social work month, many of the nation's social work [...]

28 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches: Facilitating a Community Building Circle

2018-10-04T17:48:02+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The goal of a community building circle is to help build trust, positive feelings, and a sense of belonging within a particular community or group of people. What is a Community Building Circle? A community building circle is a restorative approach to working with groups of people to build and strengthen relationships. Circles may be [...]

22 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 2: Specialized Opportunities

2018-10-04T19:17:58+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Many social work fellowships are offered to students and graduates interested in working with particular populations or within certain practice arenas. Currently, several fellowships focus on aging, due to the great need for social service workers in this area. A number of other fellowships focus on public policy and and leadership development in the social [...]

21 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 1: Social Justice Opportunities

2018-10-04T18:31:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Numerous fellowship programs actively recruit Master of Social Work students and recent graduates. Fellowships offer social work students and graduates an opportunity to advance their skills during or after graduate school, usually with a focus on mentorship and learning in action, with financial support. These opportunities allow students and recent graduates to gain invaluable work [...]

14 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches to Social Work Practice

2018-10-23T15:02:11+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Restorative approaches to social work practice are gaining traction amongst social work practitioners, researchers, and educators. The underlying values of the social work discipline are strongly aligned with the guiding principles of Restorative Justice. And although restorative approaches were developed specifically to foster transformation within the criminal justice system, they have been fruitfully applied to [...]

4 01, 2019

Special Populations of Interest Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T20:56:56+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 Social workers who are interested in working with a particular segment of the general population, a focus on a special population of interest will provide the skills and knowledge needed to engage those individuals and groups throughout your social work career. In this [...]

4 01, 2019

Community Practice Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T21:13:09+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 A focus on community practice will provide MSW graduates with the opportunity to have a direct, broad-level impact on today's most urgent issues, mobilizing communities and contributing to policy development to enact needed social changes. In this section: Why Focus Your MSW in [...]

4 01, 2019

Clinical Social Work: 2019 Outlook

2019-01-15T21:15:28+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

<< BACK TO Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 For those interested in direct practice with a diverse range of clients, clinical practice is a growing area in social work with promising job prospects in coming years. In this section: Why Focus Your MSW in Clinical Practice in 2019 Career Options and [...]

4 01, 2019

Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019

2019-01-11T21:14:02+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Top 3 Areas to Focus Your MSW in 2019 For those pursuing an MSW in 2019, consider these three focus areas that will help maximize your education -- and ability -- to create change as a social worker. In 2019, three focus areas are particularly significant to the social work profession and society as a [...]

28 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Traumatized Populations

2018-11-07T19:02:31+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

From interpersonal violence to natural disasters, traumatic experiences are wide ranging. Trauma can impact any member of society and even be passed down through generations. While trauma is universal, some groups of people are more vulnerable to trauma’s effects than others. Traumatic experiences can have a serious impact on a person’s mental health, social functioning, [...]

11 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Aging Populations

2018-11-01T19:06:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the Baby Boomers generation enters retirement and the later stages of life, there is a critical need for social service providers with specialized experience in working with aging populations. Elderly individuals often have complex needs related to healthcare, mental health, social connection, living independently, and navigating end of life processes. Prospective MSW students seeking [...]

4 12, 2018

Social Workers Needed in 2019

2018-11-01T19:01:00+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Why Get a Social Work Degree in 2019 Unlike many other professions, social work job openings are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social workers is expected to increase by 15% for the period of 2016-2026, more than double the average rate for all occupations. 682,100 social workers [...]

3 12, 2018

The Grand Challenges for Social Work

2018-10-04T15:14:15+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is the Grand Challenge Initiative? Social workers are needed now more than ever to tackle the world’s complex, global, and inter-related problems. Research has shown that social workers have positively transformed society during the profession’s last century of history. Now, social work practitioners and scholars are looking toward the future impact of social work [...]

26 11, 2018

How to Find a Licensed Social Worker Near You

2018-10-04T15:11:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers assist organizations, communities, groups, families, and individuals in a variety of ways. Whether you’ve experienced a traumatic crisis or are just in need of additional family support, social workers are able to help by providing counseling and psychotherapy services, connecting clients to resources, and advocating for clients’ needs. The first step to seeking [...]

19 11, 2018

5 Annual Social Work Conferences You Should Attend

2018-10-04T15:10:28+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For social work professionals, there are many reasons to attend an annual conference hosted by a social work professional association. Social work conferences offer many opportunities to connect with colleagues in the field through networking and social events, keep up to date with cutting edge research by attending paper and poster presentations, engage in [...]

13 11, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Community Practice

2018-12-31T18:44:51+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A degree in social work leads to a diverse array of career options, spanning from individual practice to community-based work and policy development. Social workers who have the appropriate training and skills in macro-level practice are being hired to lead organizations, analyze and develop policy, conduct cutting-edge research, and design effective programs. For prospective social [...]

12 11, 2018

5 Social Work Hashtags You Should Follow

2019-01-14T19:41:13+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

If you’re looking for social work related content on the vast world wide web, hashtags are a great way to find sources from various social media platforms and blog posts. Following a social work hashtag is an easy way to seamlessly integrate social work content into your existing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. You can [...]

8 11, 2018

The Florida Project: A Must Watch Film for Social Workers

2018-10-23T19:08:42+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Florida Project, one of 2018’s Oscar & Golden Globe frontrunners for best picture, is more than just a cinematic story centering on a motel in Florida. This emotional storytelling masterpiece invites viewers to contemplate some of the complex ethical dilemmas social workers confront every day. While social workers don’t appear in the film until [...]

7 11, 2018

The Potentially Devastating Long-Term Effects of Today’s Short-Term Immigration Debacle

2018-11-07T16:07:49+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

I fear What the past will do to me In the future - Yehuda Amichai, Concrete Poem Part 1 Through the Eyes of a Trauma-Informed Social Worker Last year, 20 years after receiving my Master’s Degree in Social Work I completed an 18 month certification in Child and Parent Psychotherapy with an emphasis on treating [...]

5 11, 2018

5 Inspiring TED Talks for Social Workers

2018-09-26T21:41:38+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For those looking to gain some new perspective on a certain topic, learn about innovative practices in a variety of fields, or hear fresh ideas on pressing social issues, TED Talks are a great place to start! With TED speakers from a variety of disciplines, TED offers a diverse array of voices and viewpoints [...]

25 10, 2018

5 Social Workers Featured in the Media

2018-10-23T17:00:29+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the social work profession has grown and gained recognition for the valuable work of its practitioners, social workers have recently become the subjects of documentaries, magazine articles, and other media pieces. These five social workers have been prominently featured in the media, bringing further recognition to the profession as a whole and to the [...]

23 10, 2018

5 Social Work Leaders to Follow on Twitter

2018-10-23T13:45:52+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The internet age has provided social workers a variety of social media platforms to share their viewpoints, practice experiences, research findings, and more. Leading social workers are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to connect with followers interested in social work topics - from clients to colleagues and everyone in between. If you’re interested in [...]

22 10, 2018

8 Simple Steps to Keep your Social Work Knowledge Up to Date

2018-10-17T16:41:20+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

One of the mandates for social workers (especially those who have received licensure) is to stay up to date in the field. This ensures that social workers are always learning the most current and effective ways to engage with individuals, families, and communities based on the constantly-evolving evidence base for social work practice. To align [...]

18 10, 2018

10 Actions Social Workers can Take to Stand with Dreamers

2018-10-19T11:06:32+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

In 2012, former President Barack Obama took executive action to protect the lives of immigrant young people who came to the United States as children. These young people are known as Dreamers, based on proposed legislation called the Development, Education, and Relief for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act “that would have granted legal status to certain [...]

12 10, 2018

Substance Abuser to Social Worker: My Journey to Find Me

2018-10-17T13:34:38+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

On August 4th 2003, four months after my daughter was born, I was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell. This was the end of a period of time in my life when I had struggled severely with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the negative consequences of the street lifestyle that I [...]

1 10, 2018

How Social Workers Can Serve the Latino Population

2018-09-21T23:04:16+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For social workers serving Latino clients, understanding the diverse range of nationalities, countries and cultures that make up this community is critical. Developing this cultural competence and cultural humility will help them to improve the way they serve and communicate with their Latino clients. As one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S., Latinos accounted for more than half of [...]

25 09, 2018

Social Work as a Second Career

2018-09-17T11:28:48+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social work is proving a popular second career for many professionals. What does the path to social work as a second career look like, and what is the career outlook for social workers? More professionals are choosing social work as a second career – one that offers them greater satisfaction than they found in their former careers, along with the [...]

18 09, 2018

Support and Networking Tips for Social Workers

2018-09-21T18:32:41+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Savvy social workers often seek out peer support, mentoring and networking opportunities. Who can you turn to for guidance and connections? Social workers do their best to meet the needs of others – every day, year after year. While this can be highly rewarding, it also puts you at significant risk of burnout if you don't feel supported [...]

11 09, 2018

Design Thinking for Social Work? Is there a Connection?

2018-09-11T14:42:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

  What is Design Thinking? Design thinking “is a methodology for creative problem solving.” It emerged in the last 20 years from a long history of innovators working to solve “wicked problems” in a variety of fields through highly creative approaches and methods most commonly used in design firms. The basic idea is that design [...]

7 09, 2018

Social Workers Recruited for New Positions Across the Nation

2018-09-11T14:50:50+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Across the nation, social workers are being recruited to apply their skills to the diverse human population at accelerated rates. The overwhelming mental and socio-emotional health needs of individuals in modern society create significant demand for the professional skills that social workers possess. In some cases, the amount of available social work positions has expanded [...]

27 08, 2018

Introduction to Genograms: A Social Work Assessment and Intervention Tool

2018-08-21T21:02:04+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is an Genogram? A genogram is a visual family mapping tool. Genograms allow clinicians and clients to diagram a client’s family history through at least three generations. Genograms illustrate family relationships to show parentage and birth order across the generations, similar to a family tree. Genograms, however, go beyond this type of surface-level information [...]

25 08, 2018

How Social Workers Can Better Serve LGBTQ Clients

2018-08-21T20:33:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The quest to ensure social work practices are LGBTQ-inclusive occurs on a number of levels. It requires the development of knowledge around LGBTQ issues, rethinking individual interactions with clients and colleagues, and advocating for change on a policy level. Why Inclusivity of LGBTQ Individuals Is Critical To not be discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a basic human right. Yet [...]

24 08, 2018

Reducing Recidivism: How Social Work Helps Ex-offenders

2018-09-21T18:49:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, around two-thirds of the more than 650,000 ex-offenders released from prison every year are likely to be re-arrested within three years. Social workers can play an important role in helping to reduce recidivism rates through their involvement in social programs that help ex-offenders transition back into the community and by [...]

3 07, 2018

Fighting Against Poverty: The Social Worker’s Battle

2018-06-25T17:14:31+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

With around 43 million Americans living in poverty today, the role social workers play in mitigating the effects of poverty and advocating for the poor is critical. The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report on income and poverty found that, despite showing the first statistically significant increase since 2007, the median household income is still lower than it was before America’s Great [...]