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Looking for Leaders: The Crisis in Social Work (INFOGRAPHIC) Claire Quiney

September 27th, 2013 | 0

Social-WorkMaybe you’ve heard the old joke, “Social Work is the World’s Second Oldest Profession.”

Well, it’s true.

B.C. 1750 In Babylonia, King Hammurabi issues his code of justice, which includes a requirement that the people help one another during times of hardship.

B.C. 500 Philanthropy, from the Greek word for “acts of love for humanity,” is institutionalized in the Greek city–states. Citizens are encouraged to donate money, which is used for people in need.

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Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology Christy Rakoczy

September 26th, 2013 | 0

past-present-future_zoom_1The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work.

In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means  include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.

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Today There Are Too Many Unemployed Social Workers Christy Rakoczy

September 10th, 2013 | 1

unemploymentIn a time when unemployment rates are high across the nation, social workers are specifically experiencing high levels of unemployment. Even those who are highly skilled and experienced may be underemployed due to lack of ability to find a position in their area or one that fulfills their scheduling needs as parents.

Reasons for unemployment amongst social workers varies. The greatest reason for the decrease in jobs in this field is due to funding cuts by the government. In the economic downturn, government agencies have reduced spending in various areas and have cut various social programs. As a result, the demand for workers has decreased.

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Climbing the Social Work Career Ladder Christy Rakoczy

August 19th, 2013 | 1

Career_LadderSocial work is a profession that requires a high level of dedication and time commitment in order to be successful and to climb the career ladder. There are many means of achieving promotions and building a strong, stable career. Through motivation and hard work, a social worker can improve her own position while also building the skills necessary to best serve individuals, families and communities.

Some ways to climb the career ladder include:

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The Discharge Planner’s Survival Guide: 10 Essential Resources Christy Rakoczy

July 22nd, 2013 | 2

SurvivalGuideWhen planning patients’ discharge it is essential to ensure that best practices are followed. Ensuring that all necessary care has been provided to a patient while hospitalized and identification of needs and resources of the patient after discharge are crucial. In addition, it is imperative that patients are educated on how to care for themselves after being discharged including sharing what appointments will be needed as follow-up, medications and dosage, nutritional needs, and knowing who to contact in the event extra care or community resources are necessary. Finally, it is important to assess the patient’s ability to achieve optimum recovery by understanding needs such as transportation and family support.

There are a variety of tools and resources available to assist discharge planners that have the ability to execute a patient’s discharge effectively. Ten of the top resources are:

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From Novice to Leader in Social Work Christy Rakoczy

June 24th, 2013 | 0

success-kidIn all professions, it is necessary to take steps in order to become a leader in the field. In social work, there are many paths one can take in order to become a leader in the field. The most crucial part of doing so involves being motivated and dedicated to the profession and one’s pursuit of excellence and leadership.

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Social Work and Technology – 10 Fearless Forecasts Christy Rakoczy

June 6th, 2013 | 0

ForecastLike many fields, Social Work can be highly dynamic. Changes in practices and research occur often. As technology continues to improve, this plays a large part in changing social work as well. Based on current movements, here are some forecasts for the future of Social Work:

1) Increased Use of Technology in Social Work Professional Development

Professional development is a key factor in ensuring social workers remain relevant to the field. In order to ensure social workers are up to date on the most recent research and best practices, it is crucial that these professionals enroll in classes.

However, given the time demands of the job itself, plus the schedules of those who may have families or are caregivers, it can be difficult to find the time to attend classes in person. For this reason, leaders within the profession will need to find ways to improve the availability of professional development resources using technology.

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Ellen Belluomini, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

May 29th, 2013 | 1

ellen outside 008Over the past few weeks I have gotten to know a great contributor to the world of social work and health technology by the name of Ellen Belluomini. She along with many others has inspired me to create a new monthly OpenPlacement blog special edition called “Featured Healthcare Trailblazers.”

Ellen has created an insightful blog for social workers and health professionals who are beginning to advocate for technological advances called Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice. As health professionals we are all working towards the same goal to innovate and improve the quality of care. Read on to find out where Ellen’s passion stems from.

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Mention at Your Next Interview: Ten Trends That Transformed Social Work Christy Rakoczy

May 16th, 2013 | 1

Top10As in many professions, particularly those related to public service, research constantly changes the face of the profession and its approaches. In social work, this is certainly true. In more recent years, many trends have transformed the way that social workers manage their cases and approach the individuals with whom they work.

Trauma and its effects on individuals

In recent years, treatment of those who are victims of trauma has come to the forefront. Not only has there been a focus on those directly affected by specific trauma, such as terrorist incidents, but also on those indirectly affected as a result of today’s high level of media accessibility.

In addition, the growing number of veterans returning to the United States with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder has also placed an emphasis on learning how to help individuals cope with such conditions.

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Top Eight Characteristics of A Successful Social Worker Christy Rakoczy

May 13th, 2013 | 9

HelpingHand Social work is a fulfilling, yet demanding, profession. In order to be successful as a social worker, there are traits that are necessary to possess and build.

Characteristic 1: Highly knowledgeable and well-trained
In order to be a successful social worker, one must possess the knowledge and the skills to effectively do the job. In order to acquire content knowledge, a degree from an institution of higher education is necessary. Most social work positions require at least a Bachelor’s degree, but a Masters degree, Ph.D, or other certification work is highly helpful to prepare for this career.

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