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Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 21, 2021 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, killing more than 184,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The post pandemic response to this massacre has been confusion, doubt, and indecision on the part of the elderly and their caregivers about the use of long-term care facilities.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Long Term Care, Post Pandemic

FAMCare Fundamentals...Provider and Community Resource Mapping Options

Posted by Kim Hickman on Jul 21, 2021 9:00:00 AM

It's our business to find solutions for the problems our diverse group of clients face..big or small, simple or complex!  That's what we do! 

By integrating Google API mapping tools into our FAMCare system we have found that its a game changer.  We know casework is never simple, but we love offering solutions to make it EASIER, FASTER, and therefore more EFFICIENT

This FAMCare Fundamentals is the final in a three part series of videos that puts the spotlight on our Mapping Features.  Please click on the links to watch the previous videos, Mapping Client Based Services and Caseload Mapping Features.

We hope you enjoy this short overview! 

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Topics: FAMCare, How Clients Use FAMCare, FAMCare Videos, social workers, Case Workers, Mapping Feature, FAMCare Fundamentals

Grand Challenges for Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 14, 2021 10:45:00 AM

As social workers keep their heads down tirelessly toiling away on individual case work, we thought it might be helpful to share with them the "big picture" perspective of their profession published by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as its 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities. It articulates meaningful actions our society should take to address the COVID-19 crisis, promote mental and behavioral health, eliminate systemic racism, and ensure civil and human rights for all. In case you missed it, here is a summary of your profession's "big picture" wish list for 2021.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers

Disruption

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 7, 2021 10:34:54 AM

Recent discussions with social workers from six different disciplines around the country centered around the lasting effects this dreadful pandemic has had on their constituents. Everyone agreed that the novel coronavirus and associated diseases have caused unprecedented - disruption.

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

Social Workers Fight for Juvenile Justice...Part 2 How We Got Here

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Your response to last week's blog on the social worker's role in juvenile justice was overwhelmingly positive but many of you thought that the issues might be better clarified in context. So, let's try to put juvenile justice in some historical perspective.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do, Children Services

Advocating For Youth Social Workers in Juvenile Justice

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 23, 2021 10:45:00 AM

  • During a single year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States.
  • Though overall rates have been declining over the past years, approximately 1.7 million delinquency cases are disposed in juvenile courts annually.
  • Youth are referred to the juvenile justice system for different types of offenses.
  • The majority of youth processed through the juvenile court are adjudicated (i.e., declared by a judge to be) delinquent, for most offenses.
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Topics: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, social workers, what social workers do, Children Services

FAMCare Fundamentals...Caseload Mapping Features

Posted by Kim Hickman on Jun 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Solution as defined by Websters is an action or process of solving a problem.  It doesn't specify the severity of the problem or the complexity of the solution.  We here at GVT love to find solutions for the problems our clients face... big or small, simple or complex! 

This FAMCare Fundamentals is part two of a series of videos that focuses on our Mapping Features (Click Here For Part One...Mapping Features Client Based Services). 

Our mapping system appears simple but yet it's a remarkable solution.  We know casework is never simple, but we love offering solutions to make it EASIER, FASTER and therefore more EFFICIENT

Enjoy this short overview! 

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Topics: FAMCare Tips and Tools, How Clients Use FAMCare, FAMCare Videos, social workers, Case Workers, Mapping Feature, FAMCare Fundamentals

The Shadowy World of Nursing Homes Post COVID-19

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 9, 2021 10:46:20 AM

It is undeniable that most of us prefer not to look too closely at what goes on in nursing homes across the country. In fact, unless we have a need of nursing home services for ourselves or for our elderly loved ones, we hardly notice them at all. This, of course, is a natural aversion to sickness, aging, and death. However, after COVID-19 ravaged the elderly population in nursing homes, infecting 654,000 residents and killing 132,000 elderly Americans, social workers began to take a closer look at how nursing homes are run and how we can improve the service they seek to provide.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, social workers, Covid-19, Elderly

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, public health social work

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: mental health, social workers, what social workers do, police reform, forensic social work, substance abuse, domestic violence

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