AI in Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 9, 2024 12:00:00 AM

Artificial intelligence has suddenly captured the imagination of the country's academic, business, government, and social communities. Everyone is startled and concerned that computers can now do the thinking for us and render the intelligence that once set humans above the entire natural world - superfluous.

This, of course, is a bit of an overstatement. Artificial intelligence (AI) is, in fact, the greatest leap forward in human ingenuity since the invention of the internet, but it is still the result of human ingenuity, not the replacement. Let's take a closer look at artificial intelligence.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Technology Speak, social workers

Beyond Labels: The Distinctions Between Human and Social Services

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 8, 2024 12:36:31 PM

The terms "Human Services" and "Social Services" are often used interchangeably, leading to confusion about their distinct roles and purposes. While both fields share a common goal of helping individuals and communities, they have unique focuses and approaches. In this blog post, we will explore the nuances between Human Services and Social Services, shedding light on their definitions, scopes, and their impact on the well-being of individuals and society.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Here We Go

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 4, 2024 11:53:34 AM

The tradition of setting New Year's resolutions began some 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. However, research reveals that only 1% of those who set resolutions make it to 12 months. 80% of New Year's resolutions are forgotten by mid-winter, while many adults (23%) quit the first week of the year. We even commemorate this lack of commitment with Quitter's Day that is held on the second Friday in January. This year it falls on January 12.

In the field of human services, however, long term commitment is required to sustain some encouraging trends that modernize human services and complete a transition to the 21st. century. The following trends began to take shape as the pandemic subsided, and we hope to see them develop to maturity in 2024.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Transparency in Social Services: Case Management Software the Change Catalyst

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 12, 2023 10:45:00 AM

In the world of social services, transparency is more than just a buzzword. It's a fundamental principle that fosters trust, accountability, and efficiency. 

The ability to share information openly with clients, stakeholders, and the public is crucial for building strong relationships and making sure that resources are used effectively. Social services case management software has emerged as a powerful change catalyst, revolutionizing how social services agencies achieve transparency. 

In this blog, we will explore the ways in which case management software is driving transparency in social services. So, continue to read to find out why you need a case management software solution to make your agency transparent and eventually more successful. 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social services software, human services software

Five Ways to Streamline Your Caseload

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 24, 2023 9:00:00 AM

The demand for enhanced productivity inside teams has emerged as one of the top goals for organizations. Case managers in the human services industry are motivated to increase their caseload capacity, take on more clients, and become more involved in their local communities.

However, it's reasonable to say that given the evolving nature of the human services industry and the unique problems faced by social services, simplifying your caseload may seem like a laborious task. We hope that this article will help you streamline your caseload and save you time and energy. This will put a smile on your face and the faces of your teammates!

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, FAMCare Tips and Tools, case management software

Social Workers are Super Heroes

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 16, 2023 8:00:00 AM

While doing some spring cleaning on the FAMCare Blog, I stumbled across this brief but excellent blog article from one of our team members posted in 2018.    

This TED Talk features, Dr. Anna Scheyett, PhD, and makes a very compelling case for social workers. Dr. Scheyett's research, which she conducts as a professor at The University of Georgia, has focused on the needs of vulnerable populations. In this Ted Talk, she gives a succinct 7-minute summary of why social workers are superhumans. It's reassuring to know that some people recognized social workers as superheroes even before the pandemic that rocked social services to its core.

So Happy Social Worker Month.  Please enjoy this reposted TED Talk! 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Nonprofit General, FAMCare Team Blog's

The Cures Rule

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 8, 2023 10:45:00 AM

Known as the “Cures Rule,” this national policy requires healthcare providers to give patients access to all of the health information in their electronic medical records “without delay” and without charge. It mandates that patients have rapid, free, and full access upon request to test results, medication lists, referral information, and clinical notes, all in electronic formats. Some refer to the Cures Act Final Rule as the “Open Notes Rule.” This “Final” Rule supports seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The rule is designed to give patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, HIPAA Compliant

Matrix Management in the Modern Nonprofit

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM

In the 1970s a management concept called the matrix structure began to take hold in American industry.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General

Case Worker Burnout = Turnover

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 19, 2022 10:45:00 AM


Over the course of the 20th century, as American society became ever more complex, industrialized, urbanized, and a safe haven for the world's most vulnerable, our society gradually became more socially conscious and the case worker's burden more laden. The paperwork required for patient safety, privacy, accountability, and continuity has grown algebraically alongside documentation to secure funding. More vulnerable clients with more complex problems requiring more complex documentation have begun to overwhelm the modern caseworker and "burnout" is becoming epidemic. Social service professionals are particularly susceptible because of the high levels of empathy required by their jobs. Striving to ease the suffering of clients who are often in crisis leads to emotional and physical depletion, and case worker burnout is the primary cause of the high turnover rate in social services.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Self Care in Social Work

5 Simple Ways to Manage Your Caseload Effectively

Posted by Inise Mayfield on Oct 18, 2022 12:30:00 PM

Struggling with staying on top of all of your cases?  Worried that someone may fall through the cracks?  Not sure how you can possibly help all of your clients achieve their best outcome?

As a former caseworker for DFCS, I've been there.  I also know the transformation I had to go through to take control of my workday and case load.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Foster Care, FAMCare Tips and Tools, FAMCare Team Blog's

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