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Chameli Singh

Facing Myself in a Racist Nation

In preparing a class discussion on racism, social work student Chameli Singh found that she first had to face herself and reflect on emotions about microaggressions and discrimination she has experienced.

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Cultural humility is a process, always moving, always changing. It is more a skill we can always be developing, rather than one we ever attain. In many cases, clinicians who work from a false place of competence do harm. Read more

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Do you have a morning routine? Your morning routine doesn’t have to be elaborate. It’s more important to just begin. Here are 7 ideas to get your day started. Give your best self to your clients and manage your stress before your stress manages you. Read more

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Social workers can play critical roles in promoting health literacy. The profession’s emphasis on empowerment and social justice, along with our systems approach, makes social workers ideally suited for this role. Read more

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Attention to oral health care has implications for preventing chronic disease and disability, improving mental health, and reducing health care costs. Including a focus on oral health by social workers is consistent with social work's mission. Read more

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Equality vs Equity

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The authors propose a broad definition of equity-minded social work practice, with five areas of action social workers can take. Doing equity-minded work needs to take place at multiple levels, meaning personal, interpersonal, and professional. Read more

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As social workers, we cannot be neutral. Consider how you benefit from, and even uphold, conscious and unconscious biases, as well as structural racism. This is life-long work. Read more

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A self-reflective diary, attention to signposts, mindfulness, and a big bucket list of professional goals are self-assessment tools to guide you to your professional and personal potential. Read more

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There are no definite answers to how often you should hustle, how much you should rest, how much (or little) work you should do. But I’ve found a useful principle to be having a regular rhythm of rest. Read more

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The Farm to Families model is a blend of community nourishment, community empowerment, and community engagement. That model can be replicated. We must nourish our communities as we nourish our families by providing access, choice, and affordability. Read more

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Voting is an intervention at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels that can empower individuals to stand up for causes that have an impact on them. We can ask our clients if they are registered to vote. Vot-ER makes voter registration easy. Read more

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