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The Ethical Dilemma of Illegal Immigration

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 21, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The social work community must put the political debate aside and confront the moral and ethical questions that illegal immigration imposes on the profession.

The Situation

It is not our job or responsibility to determine how to control our borders,” one experienced social worker said. “The fact is that millions of immigrants have gotten into our country without legal status and have brought little children with them. They may not be U.S. citizens and are not entitled to citizen’s benefits, but they are human beings and are entitled to humane treatment and that is where social work comes in. Social workers have sworn to protect and support the vulnerable and at the same time uphold and defend the laws of the United States.  It’s easy to see how well-meaning social workers might struggle with the moral and ethical dilemma presented by illegal immigrants.”

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Topics: what social workers do, immigration, social issues

2022 Reboot

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 14, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Social work is an evolving profession and every year new challenges emerge. When December rolls around it is our custom to interview three experienced social workers (one from the East Coast-one from the West Coast-and one from Nebraska) and ask them to share any new themes that may have emerged in their practices.

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

Elderly Mothers of Adult Children

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 7, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Women are used to putting their own needs on the back burner. They attend to infants, young children, and teenagers, all the while telling themselves that there will be time enough for themselves when their kids are grown. But what happens when an adult child turns out to have mental health concerns, substance abuse disorder, or financial or employment issues? Social workers who work with the elderly tell us that many older mothers are sinking under the weight of troubled adult children. It’s hardly a discovery that mothers sacrifice their own needs for the sake of their children. What is news is how this sacrifice continues to affect the lives of older mothers.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, what social workers do, social issues

Thanksgiving Reminder

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 30, 2022 10:45:00 AM

We recently overheard two nine-year-olds discussing a Thanksgiving food bank ad they happened to be watching on T.V.

NYO#1 “Look at all those turkeys. Who gets them all?"

NYO#2 "Hungry children in China."

NYO#1 "Do they have Thanksgiving in China?"

NYO#2 "I guess so. They must, or they wouldn't need so many turkeys."

NYO#1 "Wow. They sure have a lot of hungry people."

NYO#2 "Yup. They do. Everybody in China is hungry."

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social issues

Cops and No Counselors

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 9, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Since the 1900s, U.S. public schools have employed a growing number of school resource officers (SROs) – sworn law enforcement officials. In 1975, only 1% of schools reported having police officers on site, but by 2018, approximately 58% of schools had at least one sworn law enforcement official present during the school week. Since 1998, the federal government has invested over $1 billion to explicitly increase police presence in schools, and over $14 billion to advance community policing, which can include SROs.

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Topics: education, criminal justice, social issues

One on One

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 18, 2022 9:59:09 AM

No police department killed George Floyd. One policeman did. Yes, others stood by and are responsible for valuing institutional loyalty over human life. But in the end, it was one individual policeman who committed this heinous crime.

“People’s impressions of the police are influenced by the police. The greatest influence is [an individual’s] personal interactions and the personal interactions of their friends and families," says Darrel W. Stephens, MS, co-director of the Policing, Security Technology, and Private Security Research and Policy Institute at Florida State University.

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Topics: social issues

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, 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

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