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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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