Making it real: Therapy through storytelling | Social workers experience snapshot of post-prison frustrations | For social worker, mental health treatment disparity is personal
April 28, 2017
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Making it real: Therapy through storytelling
Storytelling can help with healing and self-realization by putting the individual at the center and by making abstract information relevant and relatable. However, it is important to avoid creating self-fulfilling prophecies and shaping an identity around negative past experiences.
Social Work Helper (4/27) 
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Social workers experience snapshot of post-prison frustrations
Social service providers experienced the frustrations of life as an ex-offender in a simulation at the Wheeling, W.Va., YWCA. At the end of the simulation, one-third of the participants were back in jail and just a few had jobs, which "helped me understand why they get frustrated and just stop doing everything," said addictions counselor Rhonda Hayes.
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (Wheeling, W.Va.) (free content) (4/26) 
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For social worker, mental health treatment disparity is personal
A social worker who helps low-income people with mental illness describes how bias and lack of money keep them from getting the care she received as a middle-class woman with bipolar disorder. For her clients, stigmatization, homelessness and jail are the more likely outcome, Kristen Anderson writes.
Vice News (4/28) 
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Government & Policy
Adverse childhood experience issue engages legislatures
Nearly 40 bills addressing adverse childhood experiences have been introduced in 18 states so far this year. Most of the bills seek studies, increased training, screening tools, funds for prevention or prevention-related pilot projects.
Social Justice Solutions (4/27) 
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2017 NASW Virtual Conference: REGISTER TODAY!
Register today to earn up to 8 CEUs (including essential Ethics), network with your colleagues from across the country), and attend professional development workshops virtually on June 14-15, 2017 at the 2017 NASW Virtual Conference, "Aging Through the Social Work Lens!"
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Career Insights
Tips for working with a bad boss
Try to be empathetic and tactful even if you're frustrated by working with a difficult boss, writes Ashley Stahl. Be careful about venting your frustrations to colleagues or doing anything else that can burn bridges within your department or company, Stahl writes.
Forbes (4/26) 
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Protocol identifies signs of burnout
Protocol helps identify signs of burnout
Positive stress energizes workers, but harmful stress damages health and causes burnout, INSEAD researchers write. They have created a simple protocol, the Stress-APGAR barometer, to help managers determine whether an employee is suffering from negative stress.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (4/26) 
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NASW Updates
REGISTRATION OPEN-2017 NASW Virtual Conference!
The 2017 NASW Virtual Conference, "Aging Through the Social Work Lens," will be held on Wednesday, June 14, through Thursday, June 15, 2017. Over two days, participants will have access to 8 CEUs (including essential Ethics), professional development workshops and networking opportunities. There will be inspirational presenters and cutting-edge plenary and breakout sessions as well as a Virtual Exhibit Hall. You can view the full agenda here. Join 1,000 of your colleagues and walk away with the best practices and renewed inspiration you need to continue serving older adults and their families. Register today!
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Learn the place of service codes that clinical social workers in private practice frequently use
When seeking reimbursement from third-party payers, clinical social workers must specify where they rendered service. NASW offers a guide that social workers can use to familiarize themselves with these codes.
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Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. ... If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.
Theodor Seuss Geisel,
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