Health at Every Size

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The Health at Every Size® (HAES®) social justice grounded framework aligns well with social work values and ethics. Here’s how social workers can start putting it into practice. Read more


Over the course of a lifetime, most people will experience at least one potentially traumatizing event. Social workers can take a multi-dimensional, ongoing approach to assessing for PTSD in terminally ill patients. Read more


There are 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases. As the prevalence of autoimmune disease rises, the number of patients who will seek the support of social workers will also increase. Read more

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Senators Stabenow and Barrasso Re-Introduce Improving Access to Mental Health Act

Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Barrasso have reintroduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Act, a bill that would make mental health services more available to older Americans and boost the rate that Medicare reimburses clinical social workers. Read more

Social Work News

As a hospice social worker, I think all of the six core social work values are equal in terms of importance. I find myself drawn to one that strikes a chord more than most: Dignity and worth of the person. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

Book review of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

The one in the chair, waiting in a hospital room, often feels invisible, unseen. Read more

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Book review of Health Care as a Right of Citizenship: The Continuing Evolution of Reform Read more

Reviews & Commentary Focusing on Elder Abuse in Advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15

Expert information on how to prevent elder abuse and recognize and respond to the problem when it does occur will be highlighted on, an online medical reference, during the first half of June. Read more

Social Work News

As a palliative social worker, I have the opportunity to address gaps in care and provide the education so many people need when they are living with a terminal disease. Little did I know, however, the enormity of the challenge I was undertaking. Read more


While she was certainly a challenge, and not at all what I envisioned, Ms. B taught me that I should strive to enter any new client situation with perseverance, patience, compassion, empathy, and maybe a few emergency butter packets. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

My policy class partnered with Love Your School, addressing the effects of obesity and the ability of children to learn and be successful in school through improved access to healthy food, increased physical activity, and nutrition education. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017 1 Comments

Social workers must uphold the utmost respect of different ethnic backgrounds by educating themselves on different types of cultural medicinal practices that may strengthen the professional and personal relationship between patient and social worker. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

It was while saying good-bye to my grandmother that I was reassured of my choice to begin my social work journey in end-of-life care. I felt called to live out my grandparents’ memory by serving other individuals and families affected by death. Read more

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The person initially tasked with ACA implementation was the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009-2014. In this exclusive interview, Secretary Sebelius offers advice to aspiring human service professionals. Read more


Listening to and learning from each patient and letting them determine their own goals are the principles at the heart of person-centered social work. Read more


In Being Mortal, which aired February 10, 2015, on Frontline (PBS), producer Tom Jennings and Dr. Atul Gwande showcase the exploration of the relationships between the terminally ill and their healthcare providers. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

The next time you find yourself struggling to indulge in emotional well-being sustaining self-care, remember to give yourself permission to reach for that oxygen mask. It really is okay and necessary. Read more

Self-Care Summer

Many people are truly called to work with patients who are dying. As someone who didn’t feel called to this work and didn’t have a lot of experience being in the dying space with someone, this was terrifying work for me. Read more

Careers 4 Comments

I wish she could see that she inspired both my younger sister and me to become social workers. I wish she could see that the way she worked with us has molded my practice. I wish I could say “thank you.” Read more



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