Mental health crisis system

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Building a Mental Health Crisis System Beyond 988: Social Workers’ Ethical Obligation

Our nation has criminalized mental illness. To ensure people are served by the mental health system, not public safety or emergency departments, requires social workers to champion the importance of building the full continuum of crisis services.

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DEAL Model

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Fledgling clinical social workers may be apprehensive or embarrassed to reflect and take stock of how they did with their clients, but it is precisely this accounting that leads to growth and development. The DEAL model is introduced. Read more


Water Pollution

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What is the role of social work in relation to environmental justice? It is important for us, as social workers, to enhance our knowledge about the impact of the environment on the health, welfare, and life span of diverse groups. Read more


Racial Healing

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The National Day of Racial Healing is January 17, 2023. Let us build on our strengths as professional social workers to help usher in social change for social justice this year. Read more


COVID-19 caused a steep decline in all adoptions. However, prior to the pandemic, important demographic changes were already occurring across public and private adoptions. These changes have important implications for social workers. Read more


Support yourself

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On this World Kindness Day, acknowledge that disenfranchised grief exists in the social work profession. Self-kindness can effectively combat professional challenges and prevent burnout for social workers. Read more


With the democratization of social media, we are seeing both efforts to create social justice space online and pushback against social justice allies. This essay summarizes some weaponizing tactics and offers solutions for countering them. Read more


Maternal health

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The maternal mortality rate is showing increase in the U.S. with evidence of racial disparities. Pertaining to maternal health equity, what will you do to promote social justice? Read more


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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OCD is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. People with OCD cannot tolerate doubt. A thought just like any other thought comes into our head. The difference between a person with OCD and one without is in the reaction to the thought content. Read more


Moral injury, a term first coined in research on Vietnam veterans and PTSD, describes inner conflict experienced when betraying an inherent moral code in “high stakes” situations. It has also been found to have high prevalence in healthcare settings. Read more

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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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