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Opportunities for Social Workers Expand Under Obamacare

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/06/30

Millions of Americans breathed sighs of relief upon hearing the Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the insured in states where the federal government created the marketplace exchanges. Six of the nine justices believed it was Congress’s intention to provide a healthcare system that would cover… Continue Reading »

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LGBTI Children Have the Right to Safety and Equality

Nils Muižnieks 2015/06/30

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) children are often victims of bullying and violence in schools, at home and via social media. This has a serious effect on their well-being and prevents openness about their personal identity. Like all children, LGBTI [i] children are entitled to enjoy human rights and require a safe environment… Continue Reading »

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Another Church Massacre Averted Due to Off Duty Officer in Service

Social Work Helper 2015/06/19

Press Statement and photo released by Bishop Orrin K. Pullings On yesterday evening, after teaching and a special prayer meeting for our brothers and sisters in Charleston, SC, a white male approached our church with a weapon we thought was a machete. He began yelling obscenities and racial epithets while threatening to kill all the niggers… Continue Reading »

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What is Identity Anyway?

Anthony Heard 2015/06/19

If you’ve read about Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, or just about any story of social importance lately, you have heard a lot about identity. Caitlyn Jenner identifies and is a transgender woman. Rachel Dolezal identifies as black but as Kimberly McKee, et al, aptly state, one can not simply choose to identify as a different… Continue Reading »

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Domestic Violence Survivor Pushes Against the Dark

Todd Wetherington 2015/06/19

Driving home at night, she can identify the make of a car from nothing more than the shape of its headlights in her rearview mirror. Walking up the driveway to her house, she can pick out the distinctive silhouette and shadow of each familiar object in her yard. It’s a skill she’s learned out of… Continue Reading »

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Mindfulness Practice and Self-Care for Introverted Social Workers

Arnie Kozak 2015/06/18

We are drawn to service work for many reasons. We want to help others, we find human beings fascinating, and we are called to make ourselves available to the suffering of others. The work can be engaging, demanding, and draining. For those of us who are introverts, the energy expending and restoring aspects of the… Continue Reading »

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Protecting Young People Online: Negative Practices Parents, Carers and Professionals Should Know

Greg Reardon 2015/06/18

Just like there are laws we have to abide and adhere to everyday, it is also a similar set of  rules and code of conduct within online worlds. There are things that you can do and other things which are strictly forbidden. There is much focus nowadays of the dangers children are exposed when playing… Continue Reading »

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Why Co-opting Transracial in the Case of Rachel Dolezal is Problematic

Kimberly Mckee 2015/06/17

This past week the world took to social media to dissect the events surrounding Rachel Dolezal, the former president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter who came under heavy scrutiny for falsely representing herself as black. As part of this real-time discussion, the term transracial is being co-opted to describe Dolezal identifying as black despite being born… Continue Reading »

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