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Public Health Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 2, 2021 9:54:39 AM

The COVID-19 doomsday pandemic introduced an entirely new class of celebrity to the American zeitgeist, the public health official. From Anthony Fauci, the wise old sage of caution and mutual concern, to Robert Redfield, the reluctant dour villain caught between the evil genie and an army of helpless victims, to Rochelle Walensky, the newcomer fairy godmother who wished us well and told us it would all end happily, to Vivek Murthy, the good scout who counseled us not to fear the final dangerous crossing. All public health officials - all newly minted celebrities.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Post Pandemic

Police Reform...Forensic Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on May 26, 2021 10:30:00 AM

With the popularity of CSI shows, the word "forensic" has wormed its way into our everyday conversations. No one, however, seems to know what it means. "Forensic social work", therefore, is an even deeper mystery. We decided to ask a real "forensic social worker" exactly what forensic social workers do. Here's what she told us.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, mental health, social workers, what social workers do

VetoViolence...Violence Education Tools Online

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM

Preventing violence is possible.

Learn how you can help.

CDC’s VetoViolence website has interactive tools,
trainings, and resources to help you and your community
stop violence now and prevent it in the future.

Evidence shows that different types of violence often
share the same root causes. Understanding the
causes and things that can protect people and
communities can help start or strengthen your violence
prevention efforts.

VetoViolence offers free, accredited online
trainings for you and your team as well as tools
and resources.

Learn how to address violence in your
community; implement prevention programs,
policies, and practices; and tailor approaches
for different types of violence.

vetoviolence.cdc.gov

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, Family and Child Welfare, CDC

Paperwork  Blaaah....

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 9, 2020 12:15:00 PM

Paperwork is a dirty word in social services. Social work is not about keeping records, it’s about “hands-on” interpersonal contact with abused children, single parents, the neglected elderly, the abandoned homeless, and other vulnerable populations. As you might suspect, as social work became a more integral part of our society’s fabric, our social workers have been swamped by a virtual paperwork tsunami.

We recently talked to a child and family services case worker in Phoenix, Arizona who, contrary to popular opinion, shed a positive light on all this confounded paperwork.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, caseworkers, social workers, what social workers do

Social Workers Enlist To Conquer the Pandemic...

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM

On June 6, 2020, there were 378,024 cases and 24,259 coronavirus-related deaths in New York State. Though Governor Cuomo reported these numbers are declining dramatically, he also called for continued vigilance as the state focuses on reopening. Contact tracing has become the keyword for relaxing limitations on public gatherings and opening up the state’s economy. The governor has said success will mean hiring an “army of tracers”, and 17,000 people will be hired.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, Covid-19

Humor:  A Social Worker’s Tool

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 20, 2019 6:20:58 PM

Louise, a crusty journey-woman social worker had three pairs of glasses hanging from tiny chains around her neck and a sharpened yellow number two pencil plunged into her beehive hairdo. How unlikely that this woman would teach us how to use humor in social work.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, case manager stress relief

Female Veterans: Suffering in Silence

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 7, 2019 7:30:00 AM

When the draft ended in 1973, women represented just 2% of the enlisted forces and 8% of the officer corps. Today, those numbers are 16% and 18% respectively, a significant increase. Historically, the Air Force has had the highest percentage of enlisted and officer women, however, by 2016 the Navy had nearly caught up. In both services, approximately one-in-five enlisted members and officers are women. The military offers many opportunities for women such as good pay, excellent benefits and career advancement, but there are also significant challenges.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues, mental health, Suicide prevention

10 Tips for Quick Case Manager Stress Relief [Infographic]

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 29, 2019 10:37:54 AM

We know that being a case manager can be very stressful. There is never enough time, budget or resources to do everything you want to do. And the work you do is so vitally important. It affects people's lives. That's why our case management software is designed to help relieve some of the stress in your everyday workflow.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, case management software, case worker stress relief, prevent burnout, case load, social workers, case manager stress relief

Diets Don’t Work,  Social Workers Do

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 27, 2018 3:19:12 PM

During a recent discussion with social workers engaged in public health, obesity was identified as the major chronic health problem facing the United States.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, human services

How Case Manager Stress Relief Prevents Burnout by Lessening Exhaustion Factors

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 20, 2018 3:44:06 PM

This is the third in our series on case manager stress relief. In the first post we discussed the physical things you can do daily to relieve stress. The second post focused on ways to find mental stress relief. Today, we look at how to prevent burnout by identifying and lessening exhaustion factors.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, case management software, case worker stress relief, human services, case load

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