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Violence In the Shelter: The Price of Underfunding

Hello Readers!  It’s been a while… This article is a personal response to a systemic and societal ill reflected in the abduction and murder of my colleague, Social Worker and NYC homeless shelter Director Ana Isabel Charle, who died senselessly nearly … Continue reading

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The Easiest Hard Decision: When Caregiving Trumps Employment

For someone who has worked their entire life, unemployment is a peculiarly unsettling kind of purgatory.  This “social work practitioner” was not… practitioning… for nearly 16 months.  I voluntarily resigned my position with Catholic Charities in December 2012 because, as … Continue reading

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“It’s Not My Job”—Keeping Job Descriptions Current

Supervisors, how do you react when someone on your staff says, in so many words, “It’s not my job”?  It might come out sounding like “I’m sooooo busy” as they scurry away; “I’m still trying to finish that other thing … Continue reading

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Readers Respond to “Social Workers Deserve Higher Pay Now”

Emotions ran high in response to my September 16, 2013 article “Social Workers Deserve Higher Pay Now.”  While there were several interesting suggestions on how to address the issue of low salaries, three things are abundantly clear.  Social workers are … Continue reading

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Social Workers Deserve Higher Pay Now

A September 2009 CNN·Money article listed 15 stressful jobs that pay badly.  Number 1?  Social worker – median pay: $43,200. The article states: “Social workers step in when everyone else steps aside to help people and families in vulnerable situations. … Continue reading

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“Am I A Good Social Worker?”

As social workers, we serve many masters—our clients; our supervisor; our program; our organization; our funders.  With so many to please and with interests that sometimes compete, it can be hard to know which voice to listen to when seeking … Continue reading

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“I’d Like You To Meet Our New Program Manager”

“Hello” was not the first thing I said to the assembled staff when I walked into my first meeting as a Program Manager at a large not-for-profit. When you’re new and people are friendly (or curious, or wary) it can … Continue reading

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