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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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“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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