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Retraining is the Only Answer

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 10, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Case workers in Workforce Development say that unemployment in America is a result of dislocation, not motivation. Labor statistics focus on the unemployment rate and the cost of unemployment insurance to the taxpayer, but case workers focus on the causes of unemployment and the massive effort to rearrange and retrain the American labor force.

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Topics: grants, caseworkers, what social workers do, Covid-19, workforce development

Parent Advocates...A Triumph of Empathy

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 3, 2021 11:57:09 AM

A recent article in Social Work Today highlights a true triumph of empathy. In Innovations: New Foster Care Initiative Spotlights Parent Advocates, Debra McCall describes the parents’ pain when social workers have to remove children from their families.

“It is never easy. We enter parents’ lives at the worst possible moment—when the children they love have been removed from their homes. At that point, parents are experiencing shame, anger, and confusion. They are frightened and frustrated by the “intrusion” of the child welfare system into their lives. And they fear losing their children permanently, perhaps because that’s what happened to a neighbor or a friend.” (Social Work Today, Vol. 21 No. 1 P.3)

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Topics: social workers, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare

Paperwork  Blaaah....

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 9, 2020 12:15:00 PM

Paperwork is a dirty word in social services. Social work is not about keeping records, it’s about “hands-on” interpersonal contact with abused children, single parents, the neglected elderly, the abandoned homeless, and other vulnerable populations. As you might suspect, as social work became a more integral part of our society’s fabric, our social workers have been swamped by a virtual paperwork tsunami.

We recently talked to a child and family services case worker in Phoenix, Arizona who, contrary to popular opinion, shed a positive light on all this confounded paperwork.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, caseworkers, social workers, what social workers do

Social Workers Support Physicians During COVID Mental Health Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 16, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Social workers tell us that primary care providers are inundated with patients seeking help with psychic symptoms that require the attention of a psychiatric specialist. Family physicians and emergency room doctors often do not feel qualified to deal with this new mental health crisis and need the help of social workers to execute a referral process while helping patients feel more comfortable going to a new and unfamiliar physician.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, Suicide prevention, what social workers do, Covid-19, CDC

Lessons from Wuhan-The Social Worker's Role in Pandemic Response

Posted by GVT Admin on May 20, 2020 1:17:43 PM

Case workers in the US have been refining their role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by taking inspiration from the pivotal role their Chinese colleagues played in controlling the rate of infection in Wuhan.

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Topics: what social workers do, Covid-19

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: human kindness, what social workers do

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

What Do Social Workers Do?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 13, 2019 11:35:15 AM

At a recent college career day, this troubling question was asked repeatedly; “What do social workers do?” The question was troubling because it came with the realization that most college age students have no clear idea what social workers do. They are, therefore, less inclined to pick social work as a career choice.

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Topics: education, social services, social workers, what social workers do

Puerto Rico, One Year Later - What Social Workers See

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 6, 2018 4:40:25 PM

After hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, social workers and service providers naturally focused on the immediate needs of their clients. They provided food, childcare, safety and support, among other services. However, a year has passed and the critical needs of these people, helpless in the face of mother nature’s awesome power, continue to evolve rather than abate.

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Topics: human services, social services, social workers, what social workers do

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