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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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Cultivating “The Gratitude Attitude!”

There seem to be a number of articles going around the web recently on the subject of how to deal with difficult bosses, and endless complaints about feeling underappreciated, overworked, stressed, unhappy, and on and on and on.  Fine, I … Continue reading

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The Ever-Changing Resume

I made a big mistake early in my career.  I forgot to dust off my crystal ball. When I put together my first post-MSW resume in 2007, it was pretty simple and straightforward.  But if there’s one thing we can … 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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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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A response to “Helping Social Workers Help People,” by NASW CEO Dr. McClain

Hi everyone! Next weeks blog will be on schedule (Sunday night), as promised, but I couldn’t resist sharing the following letter with you all. Dr. Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) … Continue reading

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