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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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Of Safety and Dreams

As our children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews return excitedly (or reluctantly) to school, two contrasting themes come to mind: their safety, and the ways in which they embody our collective hopes and dreams. As social workers, we are mandated reporters.  … Continue reading

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Cultural Humility, Part II – Promoting Cultural Humility In the Workplace

“Cultural competence means we’ve been educated about other cultures, humility is how we should be practicing that competence in the field.”  So writes social worker Sarah Elizabeth, who blogs at RootedInBeing and got this conversation going. I agree, Sarah. As … Continue reading

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Cultural Humility, Part I — What Is ‘Cultural Humility’?

A follower of my blog went to the ‘Suggest A Topic’ section of my website and posed this question: “As a program manager, and/or supervisor – how does one promote and enforce cultural humility and an inclusive workplace?”   This … Continue reading

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Structuring Supervision

An unfortunate reality of the “high volume, high intensity” settings that many social workers work in is that supervision is either sacrificed, or done exclusively on the fly.  And while supervision on the fly—as supervisor and supervisee pass each other … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: Boundaries

Welcome to the first in my new periodic series here at The Social Work Practitioner called Once Upon A Client.  Once Upon A Client will explore aspects of social work practice through experiences I’ve had with particular clients.  These experiences … Continue reading

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