Grieving while getting back to work | Author Brene Brown presents Netflix special | Why medical social workers make a difference
July 5, 2019
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Grieving while getting back to work
Several social workers contributed to this compilation of advice regarding how people can deal with grief while returning to work. "Cry as much as you need and never apologize for saying no," advises licensed master social worker Tami Sasson.
NBC News (5/16) 
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Author Brene Brown presents Netflix special
Author Brene Brown presents Netflix special
Brown (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Social work professor Brene Brown, whose best-selling books explore topics such as vulnerability and shame, has a Netflix special debuting today. "I just put language around feelings and experiences and thoughts that we all have," says Brown.
The Associated Press (4/18) 
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Why medical social workers make a difference
Why medical social workers make a difference
Medical social workers at the University of Virginia Health System have an array of responsibilities as they apply their skills to helping patients and families navigate the care process and keeping them apprised of necessary information, such as Medicaid enrollment options. Additional duties include conducting social and psychological patient assessments, along with assisting families in creating plans for post-release.
Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia) (1/23) 
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Breaking News
Retired social worker finds missing Wis. girl
Jeanne Nutter, a retired social worker in Wisconsin, says her background in child protection came into play when Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old from Barron, Wis., who had been missing since her parents were killed in October, approached her as Nutter was walking near her vacation home in Gordon, Wis. Nutter, who still advises the University of Wisconsin-Madison's social work program, says she is relieved Jayme is safe.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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Experts: R. Kelly's TV actions fit abuser pattern
Experts: R. Kelly's TV actions fit abuser pattern
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Experts on the behavior of sexual abusers say R. Kelly's responses to "CBS This Morning" interviewer Gayle King exhibited textbook characteristics common to abusers, including diversion, belittling accusers and playing the martyr. Licensed clinical social worker Maria-Anne Duncan says Kelly's insistence that a past acquittal reinforces his innocence in the face of current allegations is typical of people who engage in abusive behavior.
Pitchfork (3/8) 
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Cleaning up the public perception of hoarding
Cleaning up the public perception of hoarding
Write Anne Semmes says she learned from licensed clinical social worker George O'Loughlin of the Department of Human Services in Greenwich, Conn., that hoarding can rise to the level of mental illness. O'Loughlin created a Hoarding Task Force six years ago when a resident's accumulated clutter made it difficult to fight a fire at their home, and the group has 30 cases pending.
Greenwich Sentinel (Conn.) (1/11) 
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Government & Policy
Coverage for transgender procedures remains unsettled
A federal court case in Texas is one of several examples of how insurance coverage by public employers of hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery for transgender workers is being questioned. Employer provisions vary, as do interpretations of the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination section and a 2016 exception.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (1/27) 
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Kan. child abuse tragedy prompts push for tougher law
The death of a 7-year-old boy at the hands of his parents has led to a bill before the Kansas legislature stiffening reporting requirements for child abuse. Among other provisions, Adrian's Law, named for Adrian Jones, would permit investigators of abuse claims to force parents to show them the children in question.
KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (3/21) 
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Judge: UnitedHealth decisions were biased against mental health
UnitedHealth Group and its subsidiary, United Behavioral Health, wrongly denied mental health benefits to thousands, US Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero ruled. The insurer was "arbitrary and capricious" in using coverage guidelines tighter than industry standards, said the ruling.
Jurist (3/6),  KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)/CNN Newsource (3/6) 
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Career Insights
3 characteristics of toxic people
Toxic people share three distinct traits: narcissism, a thirst for power and the inability to deal with negative emotions, says MIT Leadership Center founder Deborah Ancona. What to do with such people depends on how much authority you have and whether indirect approaches have been tried.
Ideas Made to Matter (MIT Sloan School of Management) (4/29) 
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Look out for these 10 dysfunctional work habits
People undermine their chances for advancement by obsessing about problems instead of focusing on solutions and avoiding growth opportunities due to a fear of failure, writes Bryan Robinson. He offers advice for shifting away from a negative mindset centered on self-criticism and self-doubt.
Forbes (6/1) 
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Signs your workload is unhealthy
Work stress might lead to health problems if it goes unchecked, so know the signs of burnout, writes Robin Madell. If you're so burdened you lose sight of your purpose and motivation and the thought of work makes you anxious, it's time to cut back and take care of yourself.
U.S. News & World Report (2/4) 
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NASW Updates
NASW Career Center
Take advantage of these great resources to search national job listings and find professional development resources to help you at every stage of your career. Employers can also use the Career Center to find and recruit qualified, credentialed, and licensed social workers from across the country. For more information, please visit this link.
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Resource Available on World Elder Abuse Awareness
Use the NASW Practice Alert to find free resources & tools for your elder justice work throughout the year.
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