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Congresswoman Lee Leads Effort Urging President Obama to Ban the Box

Social Work Helper 2015/05/23

Washington, D.C.- More than 70 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, sent a letter to President Obama to adopt a federal fair chance hiring policy. This effort was co-led by Congressman Conyers, Congressman Scott, Congressman Davis, and Congresswoman Jackson Lee. The federal government should not be in the business… Continue Reading »

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The Roots of Self-Hatred and Fostering Self-Compassion in the Therapeutic Relationship

Dennis Tirch 2015/05/20

Depressed, ugly, unlovable, coward, idiot, defective—the list is endless. When people have a long history of punishing and berating themselves, they can become fused with the concepts these thoughts construct and take on the belief that their true self is faulty. Clients (and if we are honest, most of us) therefore walk around with notions… Continue Reading »

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5 Ways to Avoid Assumptions

Philip Patston 2015/05/20

We all do it. See someone new and, within seconds, our brains start making up stories about them. Or we meet them, exchange a few words and before we know it, we’re filling in the gaps with our imaginations. The result? Assumptions. I made an assumption recently, ironically right after running a workshop on accessibility… Continue Reading »

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Preserving the Therapeutic Relationship as a Mandated Reporter

Anthony Heard 2015/05/19

If you find yourself a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect and have ever had to report a client or patient with whom you have worked so hard to build rapport, the disruption of the therapeutic relationship probably appropriately concerns you. You know you have to call, and you can easily imagine that Jenga… Continue Reading »

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How Do You Assess Online Risks For Youth Without Being Digitally Competent

Greg Reardon 2015/05/19

Time to get digitally competent In an age where information technology is growing rapidly in our everyday personal and professional lives, there is a growing expectation for social workers and other children’s professionals to ensure young people are indeed safe in these environments and identifying risks accordingly. But, how do we assess online risks for… Continue Reading »

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Police Abuse: A Serious Threat to the Rule of Law

Nils Muižnieks 2015/05/15

Far too often, police officers in many European countries resort to excessive use of force against protesters, mistreat persons in detention, target minorities and otherwise engage in misconduct. This undermines public trust in the state, social cohesion, and effective law enforcement, which rests on cooperation between police and local communities. It is difficult to ascertain… Continue Reading »

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Automating Social Worker’s Documentation: If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen

Rich Bowlen 2015/05/14

“If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.” How many times have you said this human services mantra? Dozens? Hundreds? You’ve said it enough to know why meeting compliance mandates is essential: the local, state and federal government uses the data to ensure agencies are appropriately serving clients, guide future funding, and to plan for the… Continue Reading »

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