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Twitter Chat Tackles Questions about Social Work and Politics

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/03/02

How actively involved should social workers be in the political arena? This was one of the themes that set the agenda for Thursday night’s Twitter chat hosted by the Network for Social Work Management using the hashtag #MacroSW. The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy was asked to take the lead in this… Continue Reading »

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Tips for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Latonia Johnson 2015/03/02

Grandparents raising grandchildren is an age-old practice and continues to be common in today’s society. This article offers helpful advice to these grandparents as they parent their grandchildren in the 21st century to avoid barriers to success for both the grandchild and grandparent within these families. Grandparent-led households develop for many reasons. Although commendable, the… Continue Reading »

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Capacity Building for Communities of Color: The Paradigm Shift and Why I Left My Job

Vu Le 2015/02/28

When I first got out of grad school with my Master in Social Work, I was a bright-eyed kid full of hopes and dreams of doing my part to make the world better. Completely broke and desperate to find work before the student loans people released their hounds, I applied to countless jobs and found… Continue Reading »

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Elder Abuse: Don’t Let It Be Your Grandma!

Social Work Helper 2015/02/27

By Denise Bartley, Andre Juste, Rachel Meadows, and Guiseline Momplaisir According to a study by the National Center on elder abuse, 63.7% of the reported abuse cases were elderly women? Statistics suggest that the majority of elderly Americans, our grandmothers and grandfathers, are being abused and neglected. For those of you who don’t know, elderly… Continue Reading »

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School of Social Welfare Striving to Maintain Oppression

Social Work Helper 2015/02/26

Berkeley, CA – A contingent of 60 graduate students led a teach-in and mediation at UC Berkeley’s School of Welfare today in response to racist comments made by a tenured Professor Steven Segal who was present along with Dean Jeffery Edleson. The action was organized in support of 25 graduate students enrolled in Segal’s Mental… Continue Reading »

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Five African American Pioneers in Social Service

Chris Ingrao 2015/02/26

With Black History Month coming to a close, it is important to recognize the contributions of those who strove for societal progress in social services before us. As an MSW program dedicated to celebrating social justice and cultural diversity, SocialWork@Simmons is proud to honor five major pioneers in social work history. These extremely prolific civil… Continue Reading »

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Social Workers: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/02/26

I became a social worker because I believe this profession has the greatest potential to create a more egalitarian society for all Americans and residents on the planet. We are taught the skills needed to organize and mobilize people and resources. We learn to do the research necessary to find solutions and policies to address… Continue Reading »

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