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Kindness... Lurks Just Below the Surface

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 2, 2020 10:34:00 AM

Prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic our political climate was spewing constant conflict, divisive quarreling, insensitive bickering, and displaying an empathy deficit unparalleled in modern history. Whole nations were in conflict as we initiated a tariff war with China, Britain turned its back on the European Union, Russia continued to threaten the Ukraine and U.S. politicians began erecting a wall between us and Mexico, our closest neighbor.

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Topics: what social workers do, Tips from your peers, Industry News

Pandemic 2020 - Take a Moment to Think

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 1, 2020 10:22:55 AM

The Corona Virus pandemic has swooped down on the human race like a tornado onto a small Midwestern trailer park. Its impact has been sudden, uncontrollable, devastating, life-changing, and fear inducing. The entire human race has reacted.

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Topics: healthcare, Industry News

Social Work: A Calling

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 3, 2020 11:37:00 AM

Each year Social Work Today asks its readers to nominate their top-ten colleagues for outstanding service in the field. I like to publish the list here on our blog as a form of recognition and congratulations. However, what caught my eye this year was the element of a “calling” in each of their stories. To these successful case workers, social work is so much more than a job.

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The Art of Simplicity: Empowering Your Mission Statement

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Many years ago (2008), I read an article in the summer edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly by Christopher Finney about what makes a great mission statement. Permit me to share excerpts of this incisive article.

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The Need for Self-Compassion

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 19, 2020 10:30:00 AM

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, up to 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. Worldwide the figure is more like 70 million sufferers!

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Meals on Wheels

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 8, 2020 9:17:37 PM

Our American youth culture has forgotten our seniors. It isn’t accurate to accuse us of neglecting or abusing our seniors. No, caught up in the everyday business of our hyper-success culture, we simply don’t think about our senior population unless we have to. As long as we feel we’ve made reasonable accommodations for our seniors (Social Security and Medicare) we tend to pay closer attention to our careers and our children.

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The Burgeoning Homeschool Movement: The Role of CPS

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 28, 2020 9:56:00 AM

Going Mainstream

Homeschoolingparent-led, home-based education - is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the country.

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It's Time to Give Thanks... to Social Workers

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 26, 2019 6:08:37 PM

Social work is hard work. It’s stressful and it often seems like you can never get ahead. There is always so much more you can do, if you only had the time, energy and budget to do it. The holidays can be even more stressful, as many clients deal with tough times during the holidays.

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Topics: social services, social workers, human kindness, case manager stress relief, what social workers do, Social worker's tool, Thanksgiving

Humor:  A Social Worker’s Tool

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 20, 2019 6:20:58 PM

Louise, a crusty journey-woman social worker had three pairs of glasses hanging from tiny chains around her neck and a sharpened yellow number two pencil plunged into her beehive hairdo. How unlikely that this woman would teach us how to use humor in social work.

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Topics: social workers, case manager stress relief, humor, Social worker's tool, humor can heal

Incarceration America: Coming to our Senses

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 14, 2019 6:26:00 AM

The Headline

After years of writing about the mass incarceration of Americans, it gives us great pleasure to share this headline with everyone in the social services community.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Government, nonprofit, Mass incarceration in America,, social justice, Overpopulation, prison reform, Incarceration America

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