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Zoom Fatigue

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

As tele-health becomes more prevalent in the delivery of behavioral health services during this ongoing pandemic, tomorrow’s new normal will be much more virtual than yesterdays. Even after the pandemic, services will be a combination of tele-health and in-person.

Behavioral health clinicians, now operating screen-to-screen rather than face-to-face, realized they needed guidance on engagement, assessment, intervention, and the legal and ethical considerations necessary when setting up and implementing tele-behavioral health. However, they did not foresee the hidden dangers of "Zoom Fatigue".

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Topics: Technology Speak, Covid-19, Pandemic, Stanford University Study, behavioral health services, Zoom Fatique, remote communication, videoconferencing, virtual interaction, tele-health

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, Covid-19, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Retraining

Long Term Care 2020

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 24, 2021 11:30:00 AM

Everyone knows how the pandemic walloped the elderly in 2020. Nursing homes became the epicenter of COVID-19 deaths. No, Mr. Sinatra, it was not “a very good year” for the elderly.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Covid-19, Nursing Homes, Elderly, Long Term Care

A Dilemma...Should Your Child Attend School or Stay Home During COVID?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 13, 2021 12:30:00 AM

Whether we're threatened by the second or the third spike of this persistent and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, parents are again faced with school closings and re-openings that have them confused and in doubt. Is their child better off at home being schooled on-line or attending their local brick and mortar school with their classmates and teachers?

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Topics: education, Covid-19, Pandemic, children, CDC Decision Tree

Goodbye 2020...Bring on 2021

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

Goodbye 2020...Bring on 2021

2020 will always be remembered as the year of the COVID- 19 pandemic. Not since the mid 14th century, when the Black Plague decimated one third of Europe’s population killing 75 million people and ushering in the Dark Ages, has the human race experienced such a natural disaster.

Hello 2021

Although the annual turning of the calendar page is only an artifice, one year giving way to the next seems to instill hope in the human heart. We make New Year's resolutions. We look forward to better times. We use our goals and desires for the new year to obliterate the past year's disappointments and pain. We believe the future will be better than the past. We have hope.

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Topics: Covid-19, Pandemic, New Year, GVT

Never Give Up...How Meals on Wheels Fights On

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 28, 2020 2:03:27 PM

Increasing Demand…

Meals On Wheels, which delivers meals to the elderly in their homes and at senior centers, has seen demand for their services explode since the pandemic started.

  • When COVID-19 hit, a staggering 89% of Meals On Wheels programs reported increased demand for meals, practically overnight.
  • 79% of Meals On Wheels programs saw their demand double.
  • Older adults who were mobile prior to the pandemic can no longer safely go to stores to buy their own food, and many do not have loved ones close by to help them through this time. Add this to the roster of seniors who were already homebound.
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Topics: Covid-19, Pandemic, quarantine, seniors, Elderly, Meals On Wheels

The Ethics of Arbitrage

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 16, 2020 10:05:25 AM

The nation's health care system is once again faced with overwhelming need pressing against limited resources. Medical professionals, including health care social workers, are forced to make hard choices that test the ethical boundaries of medical arbitrage. The scenarios below are all real-life situations communicated to GVT by health care social workers in the past month.

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Topics: social workers, public health, Covid-19, healthcare workers

Child Welfare A Digital Approach During Covid

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 2, 2020 12:45:00 AM

During this national crisis, child welfare agencies are struggling to balance their mission to protect children from abuse and neglect with their duty to protect their workforce. The vast majority of children involved in child welfare cases live at home. Parents are often ordered to participate in certain programs (or requested to do so voluntarily), while caseworkers make regular visits to check on the situation in the home.

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Topics: Child Welfare, FAMCare, social workers, Social worker's tool, Covid-19, Pandemic

A Letter To My Grandmother

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 25, 2020 11:19:04 AM

The letter below from a young nurse to her grandmother touches on the painful separation from one another we all feel that has caused our country’s uneven response to, and resulting suffering from, this terrible pandemic.

Ellen is a 31-year-old nurse working in a Seattle intensive care unit for the past six months watching Covid patients die alone. She sat down after her shift one night and wrote this letter to her grandmother, who she hadn’t visited in more than a year.

I think this thoughtful young woman captures the suffering that social separation can cause. With her permission, I publish her touching letter below...

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Topics: Covid-19, Frontlines, Pandemic, Elderly

Social Workers Supporting Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM

The VA has tested 913,624 veterans and reported 83,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began back in March. 4, 223 veterans have died from COVID. Sadly, 66 VA employees have died trying to save their lives.

High Risk Group

Nearly 50% of veterans are 65 or older, which puts them at greater risk of severe illness or death due to COVID-19. Additionally, many veterans are at a higher risk of respiratory illness due to the environments and toxins they were exposed to while on active duty, which also places them in a higher risk group for coronavirus.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, social workers, Suicide prevention, Thanksgiving, Covid-19

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