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How Case Management Tools Can Help You Become a Better Caseworker

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 15, 2022 10:45:00 AM

In the US, there are more than 700,000 caseworkers, according to data from 2020. If you're a member of this sizable workforce, you are well aware of the difficulties faced by those who work in the nation's human services.
It's never been more challenging to serve the people with a big number of individuals in need of your help, a growing workload, and a slow rate of growth among new employees. As a result, many caseworkers today who work in the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health care, and senior care are finding that technology can help them improve their operations.  

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Topics: case management software, caseworkers

Five Caseworker Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 11, 2022 9:00:00 AM

According to estimates, the United States has over 680,000 social workers affiliated with various non-profit organizations. Social workers play an important role in the American social fabric, from juvenile justice to veteran services, senior services, and child welfare.
However, in their pursuit of doing good for humanity, social workers occasionally make mistakes that add to their workload and stress. So, if you're a new caseworker about to embark on your journey, this article is for you.
Continue reading to learn about the five rookie mistakes that caseworkers make that can add stress and make their jobs more difficult.

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Topics: caseworkers, social workers

Case Manager Stress Relief For Social Worker Performance Anxiety

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 9, 2022 10:21:00 AM

Performance anxiety can often add to the high stress experienced by social work case managers. After all, social worker performance isn’t about how many widgets you make or how much profit you brought to the bottom line. It’s about helping real people deal with real life problems. If your performance is lacking, it could mess up someone’s life or even end it. That's the mindset that leads to social worker performance anxiety.

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Topics: case management software, caseworkers, social services, social workers, case manager stress relief

Caring for Caregivers

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 2, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Turnover in child welfare case workers has reached troubling proportions. In any profession, an annual turnover rate around 10% is considered healthy. In child welfare social work, the most recent annual turnover rate was reported at exceeding 22% in some states. When we asked child welfare case workers that we communicate with on a regular basis what they think the problem is, the consensus was clear.

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Topics: caseworkers, social workers, social issues

Must-Have Traits to Adopt to Become a Successful Caseworker

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 27, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Casework can be very demanding at times. It’s also a broad profession in terms of the situations and expectations that social workers come across.

Despite it being a challenging field, it’s also one of the fasting growing ones here in the US. This is mainly due to the high demand for caseworkers globally to counter a growing shortage, especially here in the US.

And while social services case management software can help manage the caseload to a certain extent, caseworkers need certain traits also.

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Topics: Technology Speak, caseworkers, social workers, what social workers do

3 Tips to Sail Through as A Rookie Caseworker

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 17, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Casework can be very rewarding. So naturally, as you study hard and get through tough exams and finally get to practice—you’re going to be pretty excited. And you should be because you’ll be making a real difference in people’s lives and helping them turn things around on a daily basis.

But you’ll soon find out that social work is one of the toughest jobs out there. Not only because there are real people and emotions involved, but also because it’s demanding work.

From long working hours to massive caseloads, here are a few ways to manage your early years as a caseworker.

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Topics: caseworkers, what social workers do

A Caseworker's Christmas Card

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 22, 2021 10:45:00 AM

A Caseworker's Christmas Card

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Oh, That I Might...

Be the Adult

Remember the Forgotten

Heal the Abused

Bring Homeless Home

Feel the Fear

Be Hope in Despair

Free the Imprisoned Spirit

Redeem Relapse

Feed Souls

Touch the Lonely

Venerate the Aged

~

"And if I cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that I should leave my work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy...

For if I bake bread with indifference, I bake a bitter bread, that feeds but half man’s hunger."

~ "Work" by Kahlil Gibran

 

Peace in 2022

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Topics: caseworkers, social workers

3 Tips to Help Social Workers Manage Their Caseloads

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 21, 2021 1:45:00 PM

Most social workers feel enthusiastic and passionate about their work at the beginning of their careers. However, as the years roll by, the spark dies—or rather drowns in the piles of paperwork due, thanks to overwhelming caseloads.  This is only natural given that there is a serious shortage of social workers in the US.  And it’s estimated that this shortage will grow into quite a national crisis by 2030. This increases the caseload per worker and makes human services case management much harder.

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Topics: case management software, caseworkers, social workers

Elder Fraud... A Growing Problem

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 28, 2021 11:30:00 AM

We were surprised by the results of our recent mini-poll, when we asked six case workers serving our elder population what they considered the most pressing current problem elders are facing. 3 out of 6 (50%) said, "internet scams". Internet scams?! What’s going on now? What kind of scoundrel would cheat the elderly out of the last of their nest egg?

Case workers tell us that the shameful practice of scamming seniors is on the rise. With the elderly population growing, seniors racked up more than $3 billion in losses this past year. Case workers say that the heart-breaking irony of elder fraud is that seniors are targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, caseworkers, senior care

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

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