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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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Once Upon A Client: The Curious Case of Percy Pointer, Part II

In Part I of “The Curious Case of Percy Pointer”… Percy Pointer was my first client as an MSW intern in the Client Advocacy Project (CAP) at Coalition for the Homeless in New York City.  The CAP’s goals are to … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Client: The Curious Case of Percy Pointer, Part I

Sometimes the only power our clients have is the power to say “No.” Or so they believe.  My first client ever as an MSW intern, Mr. Percival Pointer, didn’t want any services of any kind.  “If I don’t have anything, … 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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Once Upon A Client: The End of Homelessness

There is no symbol more reflective of the end of homelessness than a set of keys. As Manager of the Client Advocacy Project (CAP) at Coalition for the Homeless in New York City, I had the privilege of leading a … Continue reading

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