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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

How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect Long-Term Health

Posted by GVT Admin on May 9, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Every child deserves a happy childhood, but unfortunately, many do not receive one.

A child's childhood can be filled with a variety of 'bad' experiences. While child abuse at the hands of guardians remains one of the major contributors, children can struggle with other adverse experiences as well. Whatever the negative childhood experience was, it can have a long-term negative impact on the child's health as an adult. This is due to the fact that early childhood and adolescence are highly formative years in a person's cognitive and personal development.

Here's how bad childhood experiences can affect your health for the rest of your life.

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Topics: Child Welfare, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare

Social Workers Tackle Autism

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a heritable neurodevelopmental disability that is characterized by delayed or inconsistent development in social interaction and communication and a restricted repertoire of activity and interests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a higher prevalence of autism in children than ever before. Autism Spectrum Disorder is currently occurring at a rate of 1 in 59 children in the United States, an 18% increase over the past two years and a 151% increase since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first began to monitor the prevalence of ASD in 2000. Social work academics believe that increased prevalence can be explained, in part, by changes in diagnostic criteria, diagnostic substitution, improved awareness in the public, and increased recognition by clinicians.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, what social workers do

Alzheimer's...The Suffering Behind the Suffering

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 13, 2022 10:45:00 AM

In the 2004 film, The Notebook, James Garner watches Gina Rowlands, the love of his life, slip away into the isolation of Alzheimer's disease. Garner's character reflects as Gina Rowlands stares off into the space of her isolated mind:

"The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come."

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Topics: what social workers do, senior care

Social Work and Case Management

Posted by GVT Admin on Mar 24, 2022 7:00:00 AM

One of the most diverse and rewarding career paths is social work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, it is also one of the fastest-growing professions. While you are assisting people and society and empowering them, you must also ensure that you are managing everything properly. Case management in social work entails ensuring that all individuals' needs are met.

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Topics: social workers, what social workers do

Child Welfare Workers...Managing for Outcomes

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 23, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The focus of social work has shifted from providing immediate support as a safety net to the vulnerable to striving for a better long-term outcome for each client. In child and family services, the mission no longer ends at removing an endangered child from a dysfunctional household but now extends to how a Child Welfare Agency might help the child grow into a productive member of society. In other words, what will be the ultimate outcome for the child?

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Topics: Child Welfare, social workers, what social workers do, Family and Child Welfare, social issues

BENEVOLENT AGEISM "They Treat Me Like I’m Old and Stupid"

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 9, 2022 10:45:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused social workers to take a closer look at their ingrained prejudices when dealing with the aged. Robert N. Butler coined the term “ageism" in 1969 to describe attitudes, practices, and policies that discriminate against older people. Ageism occurs when people face stereotypes, prejudice, or discrimination because of their age. The assumption that all older people are frail and helpless is a common, incorrect stereotype. Prejudice can consist of feelings such as “older people are unpleasant and difficult to deal with.” Discrimination is evident when older adults’ needs aren’t recognized and respected or when they’re treated less favorably than younger people. Social workers who work with the elderly are realizing that even in their minds age is “a category of difference” like race and gender, but unlike race and gender, age positions older adults as a homogenous group with similar needs.

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Topics: Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, what social workers do, senior care, Covid-19, social issues

Must-Have Traits to Adopt to Become a Successful Caseworker

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 27, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Casework can be very demanding at times. It’s also a broad profession in terms of the situations and expectations that social workers come across.

Despite it being a challenging field, it’s also one of the fasting growing ones here in the US. This is mainly due to the high demand for caseworkers globally to counter a growing shortage, especially here in the US.

And while social services case management software can help manage the caseload to a certain extent, caseworkers need certain traits also.

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Topics: Technology Speak, caseworkers, social workers, what social workers do

3 Tips to Sail Through as A Rookie Caseworker

Posted by GVT Admin on Jan 17, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Casework can be very rewarding. So naturally, as you study hard and get through tough exams and finally get to practice—you’re going to be pretty excited. And you should be because you’ll be making a real difference in people’s lives and helping them turn things around on a daily basis.

But you’ll soon find out that social work is one of the toughest jobs out there. Not only because there are real people and emotions involved, but also because it’s demanding work.

From long working hours to massive caseloads, here are a few ways to manage your early years as a caseworker.

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Topics: caseworkers, what social workers do

3 Surprising Facts Everyone Should Know About Social Workers

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

Social workers are gifted and dynamic individuals that are constantly on a mission to make the world and our societies better spaces for everyone. While their work can be very rewarding, it’s also extremely challenging. But one of their finest qualities is that they’re incredibly resilient and are able to handle all kinds of cases involving addictions, abuse, trauma, mental illness, and other significant issues in their clients’ lives.

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Topics: social workers, what social workers do

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