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You Better (Social) Work: On Being a Gay Social Worker*

What does it mean to be a gay social worker? Such a question is simplistic. We must look beyond such sole categorical identity boxes that limit our systemic understanding of the interplay of culture, privilege, and oppression

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Your Name Here

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Names capture the essence of who we are. They matter not only for the transgender and nonbinary communities but also for people in a variety of situations for whom a legal name or birth name may not be their true chosen name. Read more

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Where does chronic pain fit in the framework of treatment planning and prognosis? Our medical system is comprised of cures and timelines for healing. When the pain is hard to fix, acceptance and hope help to blur it a bit. Read more

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A future based on Jane Addams’ ideal of humanitarianism is achievable. It’s up to us to go out and make it. Read more

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Stand Up for Justice

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It may be time to examine clinical supervision from a social justice lens. From this standpoint and with renewed commitment to “meeting clients where they actually are,” we can fully reclaim our profession’s mission within the clinical arena. Read more

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An interstate compact license for social workers would facilitate practice mobility, allowing social workers to practice across state lines. A social work interstate licensing compact is under development, and you can submit your feedback now. Read more

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As a social worker, you have a powerful toolkit of skills to confront practices leading to race-based trauma. Take an inventory of your self-awareness, workplace, and geographic location to determine what steps you can take to promote social justice. Read more

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The new 988 number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline went into effect July 16, 2022. How does it work, and what gaps in services need to be filled? Jonathan Singer summarizes what social workers need to know. Read more

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Sometimes, a client's story stays with a social worker for a lifetime. This story of the loss of a child is one such case. Read more

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The Parental Rights in Education law (dubbed “Don’t Say Gay”) goes into effect in Florida July 1, 2022. Will school social workers be able to do what they are there to do? They will find a way. Read more

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Although limiting certain military benefits as a result of misconduct is understandable, we should not deny mental health care for service members who have experienced combat trauma. Read more

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