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social worker trauma care client
As a social worker, you will often encounter individuals with a history of trauma. Caring for the needs of clients with trauma exposure is challenging and requires a special approach. Throughout my social work program, I’ve learned about trauma informed care, however, it wasn’t until my senior practicum — working in a residential treatment facility...
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Addiction Recovery Starts in the Mind
I completed a college practicum at a drug treatment center. There were many treatment options at this facility from a 28-day residential program, to an eleven-month long-term inpatient/outpatient program. Part of my practicum experience was to help a clinical staff member run group therapy. Group therapy offered me a unique opportunity to connect with the...
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Social worker smiling as she speaks with elderly patient
When people think of social workers, they often think of poverty alleviation and child welfare, but the truth is they do so much more. Social workers can be found in hospitals, helping people cope with acute conditions and chronic illness. They provide therapy and work in community health centers, nursing homes and homeless shelters. They...
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Social Worker smiling and talking with elderly client
Life can be a difficult road to navigate with all its twist and turns. As a social worker, it is our responsibility to provide the best road map we can for others and to stand with people as they navigate the road ahead. Choosing to be a social worker is born out of “an outgrowth...
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Social worker taking time for herself at home
Deciding to be a social worker is deciding to live your life in service to others. Social workers are on the front lines, advocating for those in need and being a safe haven for those they help. They walk alongside people and help them navigate the complications and hardships of life. As a profession, it...
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Social worker meeting with a mother and her children, clipboard in hand
Here I am nearing the end of my college career as a social work student, quarantined during a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, we aren’t allowed to go inside any restaurants, have any large gatherings, and if we must go out for essentials, we must practice social distancing to avoid contracting and spreading the...
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Social worker meeting with a mother and her children, clipboard in hand
According to the American Society on Aging, social workers are reporting elder self-neglect among individuals age 65 and older as a significant and growing problem. The Elder Justice Act (2010) defines elder self-neglect as the "inability, due to physical or mental impairment or diminished capacity, to perform essential self-care."  Unfortunately, social workers indicate elder self-neglect...
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Social worker meeting with a mother and her children, clipboard in hand
I recently listened to a news conference at which Gov. Bevin proposed a new apprenticing initiative to train high school students for social services worker positions in the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS). 
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Social worker meeting with a mother and her children, clipboard in hand
Students often do not consider a career in hospice due to a few misconceptions.  Hospice provides care to all fifty states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands. In 2014 there were approximately 61,000 locations and still growing.
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