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The music is playing, the trees are being decorated and the televisions are filled with adverts showing happy family meals and presents being exchanged. It is a time for family, for celebrations and for parties. I like Christmas. Working in mental health services make it a busy time for me as a social worker and an approved mental health professional (AMHP). For as long as I've worked in social care, which is more years than I'd like to recount, I've worked over Christmas. From end of November onwards, the team, reduced to a skeleton staff over Christmas, begins to feel the lid being released from the pressure cooker and the busy steam of stress escaping in terms of the referrals that come in – though we do have a higher number of emergency referrals. Christmas: a difficult time for social workers | Social care network | Guardian Professional
I have to admit that the idea for this blog entry has been around for some time. For various reasons I have avoided writing it but after a brief Twitter discussion on Sunday I though it best to put some thoughts down. Social Work’s professional space in Scotland
I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to... This post is part of a weekly series, Best Tweets in Mental Health, featuring the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, mindfulness, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development. Social Work: Best Tweets in Mental Health (wk of 12/5/2011)
App Review: Meditation Apps by Meditation Oasis for Social Work Practice « Social Work Tech Blog I have been asked to share some of the apps that I use in Social Work Tech Practice. Meditation Oasis is a company that provides a variety of guided meditation services and products. I have bought a few of their iOS apps and would recommend them for your own mindfulness practice and for clients! It should be noted that the company also makes apps for Android, Blackberry, and Windows phone Devices! I chose three of their many apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to review!
Registration consultation for social workers - 12/7/2011 - Community Care
A Day in the Life of a Prison Social Worker Have you ever wondered what a typical day would be like for a social worker who works in a prison setting? This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Kays, a social worker, LGSW, who works with women at a prison in the Northeast region of the United States and will be able to provide us with a view of what her work entails.
Newborn Somerset baby was failed by council - social worker's warnings were ignored
A critique of the potential for notions of preventative work to reinforce the social control functions of social work conference last week, where I gave a paper based on my persona; reflections on the relationship between consensual social work and neoliberalism. These are my notes: Most people I know, including myself, came into to social work to make a difference. It may sound somewhat trite but we wanted to help people – particularly those experiencing oppression, misery, tyranny and poverty.
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Social Media and the Future of Higher Education Social media are not going to enhance higher education- they are going to completely transform the relationship between student and teacher and shift the balance of power in the education system.Social media such as Facebook have already changed many of the aspects of how we relate to other people, who we can form relationships with and the types of things we share with them. Many businesses are now using social media to interact with their customers in different ways and use them as brand ambassadors or answer their concerns and complaints in a much more direct way.
CQC board member calls for chief Cynthia Bower to resign - 11/29/2011 - Community Care
A series of scandals have exposed a lack of understanding of social care in the ranks of both Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. Social care inspectors have lost respect | Public Finance Opinion
Reading Community Care, I saw that NLGN (New Local Government Network) have published a report stating that the ‘rush towards personal budgets’ must be slowed down. Rethinking Personal Budgets in Social Care
Probe launched after social worker revelations - Cardiff news - CardiffOnline A probe has been launched into revelations that Cardiff council social workers fear a child could die because of staff shortages and high caseloads.
By Daniel Zayas, on Friday, November 11th, 2011 Christina Risley-Curtiss, a professor at the School of Social Work spoke at the fourth installment of the Fall 2011 Humanities Lecture Series. Lecture discusses connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence | Downtown Devil
November edition of Social Work Matters out now! Opinion: Peter Beresford recommends 'Mad Matters', a new book from Canada for mental health service users, workers and families on how to combine insight and understanding with making change. Practice: Fareena Shaheed discusses research into how 'interactional' supervision can build relationships between social workers and their managers. Interview: Sally Gillen interviews social workers who are helping adults who belatedly find they have mild autism shed light on some of their life experiences and adapt for the future. Reflection
I accept that this post is about something of a niche in the corner of health and social care but it’s an area I have some interest in as I’m a Best Interests Assessor. This is going to be a long haul of a post so I’ll start this time with a glossary. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – particular additions to the Mental Capacity Act which were supposed to fix a ‘gap’ (known as the Bournewood Gap – see below) in UK legislation where people without capacity could be ‘deprived of their liberty’ in a hospital or care home without leave to appeal. What is a Deprivation of Liberty? – Thoughts on Cheshire West and Chester Council v P
Psychotherapists, teachers and social workers visit him every day. He has games, books and a television but no window in the psychiatric ward where he is being kept. Safety nets for mentally ill children are full of holes
Social workers failed to monitor elderly man murdered by son - 11/7/2011 - Community Care
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Carlisle university student set to enjoy high life in Central America
Private Equity in Social Care
Empathy and neuroscience: powerful tools for social workers - 10/31/2011 - Community Care
Is stigma a useful idea?
Defend Social Worker Norbert Ferencz
Press release: new SWAN website launched on 25th October 2011
5 Concerns for Social Workers using Social Media
Best Tweets in Mental Health (wk of 10/17/2011)
Personalisation , Personal Budgets and Demos