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Social Worker Offers Home Schooling Tips to Parents

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Due to the current crisis around the globe, many schools across the world are closed, including those in the United States. In light of these widespread school closures, the responsibility of student learning has primarily fallen on parents, especially when it comes to the education of younger children.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Shooting Victim Aaron Willis Helps Others Through Social Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There are some experiences which change your life completely and make you into a different person than who you thought you were. If you're lucky, that experience might be a good one. If you're not, like Aaron Willis, then the experience will not be a good one.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

March is Social Work Month

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The National Association of Social Workers leads a celebration of its profession every March. Social Workers: Generations Strong is the theme for Social Work Month 2020. That theme is meant to emphasize social workers from the Silent Generation to Generation Z are working diligently to improve life for individuals, families, and communities.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Resilience Will Not Prevent Burnt Out Social Workers From Quitting

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

For families with children to receive the best care provided by social services, there needs to be a stable and healthy social workforce run by experienced and properly trained workers. A study showed that a low-stress workplace environment is positively correlated with lower turnover rates among staff. In response, this improves the quality of social services.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Special Education Meetings Can Qualify for FMLA

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 24, 2020 4:06:45 PM

On August 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter stating a particular parent's circumstances qualified her to take time off using the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend special education meetings. Although the letter addresses the concern's of a specific family, the principles in the letter have a broad application.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Social Workers Are Hard-Wired to Care

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 17, 2020 10:36:48 AM

People who go into social work are by nature caring and compassionate. They have a sense of commitment to the groups and individuals in our society who don't have much of a voice, among them the poor, and especially children. Their caseloads are bloated, their hours are long and the rewards are few. But they do their jobs faithfully, knowing that they can't fix everything and accepting that there will be a degree of frustration that accompanies their profession.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Social Worker Goes Above and Beyond to Help Kids and Their Families

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

We all know some unsung hero in our life i.e., some person who may not have fame or fortune but who has done a great deal to help the people in their community. Every now and then, WGLT's "The Leadoff Podcast" brings you the story of one such person. One of them is Beth Beaty, a social worker at Grove Elementary School in Normal IL. Beth regularly goes above and beyond to help the kids at Grove Elementary as well as other people in the community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Llamas: An Unexpected Friend for Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you think pet therapy, the first images that come to mind are probably dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, or horses. But what about llamas? Anyone can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, from children to adolescents to seniors, whether it's on a personal-level or used to improve the overall well-being of an entire community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Dispatching Social Workers for 911 Calls

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 3, 2020 4:37:58 PM

Police and fire departments in Dallas, TX have teamed up with Parkland Hospital to rethink how they can respond to 911 calls resulting from mental health crises. One way to do this is to place a social worker in the dispatch center for triage calls while sending out a special team of mental health professionals to areas with the highest concentration of calls involving mental health.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

New SNAP Rules Affect Social Workers and Their Clients

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 27, 2020 2:27:11 PM

The federal food stamp program used to be one way in which the government could help people who were having trouble maintaining a decent standard of living. But some new changes to these regulations prevent many people who were previously eligible from getting food stamps.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

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