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Finally-Some Common Sense

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 28, 2022 10:51:55 AM

We recently interviewed a retired social worker who spent her entire 30-year career working with addicts and alcoholics in residential treatment centers. We were seeking insight into the drug and alcohol abuse epidemic that seems to be getting worse every year. The insights she shared rang with understanding, empathy, and a double dose of common sense.

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Topics: mental health, what social workers do, addiction recovery, social issues

Ways Parents Can Prevent School Bullying

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 4, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Bullying is a pervasive problem in schools across the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about one-third of students aged 12-18 reported being bullied during the school year. The most common type of bullying is verbal abuse, including name-calling, teasing, and making fun of someone. Other types of bullying include physical abuse, cyberbullying, and social exclusion.

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Topics: mental health, education, social issues

Preventing Teen Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 28, 2022 10:00:00 AM

For young people, suicide is the third most common cause  of death. Suicide can be avoided, though. Young people who are thinking about suicide usually show indicators of despair. Knowing about these symptoms can help friends, family, and educators act promptly and get the aid they require. Numerous social care providers are making an effort to deal with teen mental health difficulties and raise awareness that could be the difference between life and death. Let's shine some light on the subject and determine how we can work together to prevent teen suicide.

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Topics: mental health, education, social issues

World Refugee Status Our Annual Report

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 27, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Client agencies that labor largely out of public view on behalf of the world's refugees annually share stats with this blog that astound us every year. Americans live in a civilization ordered by the rule of law. Unless we take the time to look outside our society, we rarely notice the civil disorder that plaques millions of our fellow humans.

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Topics: immigration, social issues

Identity Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 29, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Employee turnover is becoming a major problem for nonprofits. A 2021 survey by the National Council of Nonprofits of over 1,000 nonprofit organizations found that 42% of responding organizations had job openings for 20% of their positions. Almost half of those responding had more than 30% of their positions vacant.

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Topics: Nonprofit General, nonprofit sustainability, social issues

BURNOUT SOCIAL WORKERS SUFFERING PTSD

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 8, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Many who pursue social work careers are naturally compassionate with a high degree of empathy and an even higher work ethic. These are attributes that lend themselves well to working with clients and colleagues but make the need for awareness of possible burnout critical. From poverty and homelessness to mental illness and substance abuse, social workers serve our world’s most vulnerable populations but too often forget they’re vulnerable too.

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Topics: social workers, social issues

Tips for Helping Veterans Cope With PTSD

Posted by GVT Admin on May 31, 2022 7:00:00 AM

While serving their country, military personnel may encounter a variety of terrifying situation. Thousands of veterans have been left scarred by their experiences, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veteran's PTSD is a significant challenge and a serious issue, but many retired military personnel and their families are unaware of the diagnosis or where to seek treatment. Because PTSD has an impact on mental health and can be hidden, health professionals and other may find it difficult to assess its severity.

Let’s look at some tips and suggestions for assisting veterans and their families who are dealing with PTSD.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, mental health, social issues

A Sacred Duty

Posted by GVT Admin on May 18, 2022 10:45:00 AM

As stated in Article 40 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

"Every child in conflict with the law has the right to be treated in a manner that takes into account “the desirability of promoting [his/her] reintegration and [his/her] assuming a constructive role in society.”

 

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do, social issues

Where Have All the Flowers Gone...

Posted by GVT Admin on May 11, 2022 10:45:00 AM

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to recede after killing 1,000,000 of our fellow citizens in two years, social workers who deal in public policy are asking the question, "How did our society let this deadly disease get so out of control and do so much damage?"

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Topics: social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic, social issues

How Structural Inequality Causes Homelessness

Posted by GVT Admin on May 2, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that more than half a million homeless people in the United States?

That figure is concerning in general, but it is even more so when you consider that the causes of homelessness are easily remediable. Many people mistakenly believe that homelessness is the result of a person's own personal failures in life. That could not be further from the truth, as there are numerous other structural issues that are directly responsible for homelessness in America.

Let's look at how structural inequality contributes to homelessness.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

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