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Social Work News


Social Work, The Helping Profession

When people think of social workers, they often think of poverty alleviation and child welfare, but the truth is social workers do so much more.

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Be a Bright Light

The empathy and love shown by a social worker in a time of distress can help a person live their best life or in some cases just live. 

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Addiction Recovery Starts in the Mind: Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life

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.

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The Importance of Self-Care in Social Work

Self-care is now being referred to as a core competency of the social work field by Social Work Today. This is due to the burn-out and compassion fatigue experts in the field can experience.

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Tales of a Quarantined Social Work Student

Here I am nearing the end of my college career as a social work student, quarantined during a worldwide pandemic, COVID-19.

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We’re All in This Together

In the Letcher County School system, over 75 percent of students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch. 

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Child Welfare and the Family First Act

Congress passed the Family First Act, a new federal child welfare act. This federal legislation is now being implemented in Kentucky, as well as the other states in the nation.

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The Role of Social Workers in Elder Self-neglect Prevention

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. 

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EKU Named Among Most Affordable Social Work Bachelor’s Degrees

HumanServicesEdu.org named Eastern Kentucky University among the Most Affordable BSW Programs in the United States.

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Social Worker VS. Social Services Worker: Ensuring Proper Training in the Field of Social Work

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 Work and Hospice

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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Social Work Careers in Health Care

Upon earning a bachelor’s of social work (BSW) degree you may choose to specialize in a particular field of social work. One specialized area of practice is medical social work.

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Social Work Career Opportunities with Older Adults

If you have ever considered a social work career with older adults but thought you would be restricted to working in a nursing facility or other institutional setting, you may want to consider the following demographics. 

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Social Work and Families

When you ask people ’What do social workers do?” the average person will say something about social workers taking children away from their families. While that sometimes becomes a necessity, it is only partially true.

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Turn your desire to help others into a rewarding career

Many people want to help others. It is good to want to help others. It speaks to our humanity, our sense of mutuality, and even to our purpose. But the desire to help other people, while a good goal, has its limitations. 

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EKU Announces Online Social Work Degree

Eastern Kentucky University will offer the bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) online in fall 2017. The new format will prepare students for success in a growing field.

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