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Life Lessons My Adopted Children Taught Me

I became a father overnight. I awoke in the morning, still somewhat in a state of shock after having put my two sons to bed for the first time the night before. Never mind that I had prepared for several years to take on the role of a single, adoptive […]

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Guest Blog: Journey After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Gives Voice to a New Advocate

Caregiver. That is what I am considered, but if someone were to ask me to describe myself, a hundred other words would come to mind first. I am thought of as a caregiver to the world, but in my mind I am really a wife, mother and woman. I am […]

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Q&A: A Student’s Non-traditional Path to a Master’s of Social Work

For many graduates, the path from college graduation to their eventual career can be a windy one. Just ask Sarah Bridgeman. She earned a fine arts degree and studied with an artist in Paris before attending cosmetology school and tutoring struggling students in an after-school program. The latter inspired Bridgeman […]

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Q&A: Social Work or Counseling Degree? A Student’s Perspective

Counseling and social work degrees both appeal to empathetic people eager to make a positive impact on others. Still, the degrees aren't interchangeable. We talked to Treston Kingsbury, an MSW@USC student who chose social work instead of counseling. Kingsbury completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online through Ashland University […]

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Strategies to Identify and Prevent Bullying

During the past few years, the importance of addressing bullying has become increasingly apparent in the social work community. Research and anecdotal stories highlight the ways that bullying can negatively affect the school environment as well as interfere with students’ academic lives and mental health. The National Association of Social […]

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How to Balance a New Diagnosis: Down Syndrome

When an error in cell development results in 47 chromosomes — rather than 46 — the extra gene interferes with normal brain and body development. This chromosome abnormality, referred to as Down syndrome, occurs in about one out of every 700 births, according to BabyCenter. Children with Down syndrome experience […]

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Guest Blog: So, Your Baby Has Down syndrome

In support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are happy to present this guest post from Teresa Unnerstall. She is a parent of Nick who is 20 years old and has Down syndrome and autism. Teresa is a writer, speaker and advocate. She is currently working on a memoir about […]

Mental Health Resources List

Though Mental Health Month is coming to a close, mental health is an undeniably important matter year-round. We at Social Work License Map took the time to compile a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues. Our list spans […]

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#WearYourPride in June: Blog to Support LGBT Pride!

On June 2, President Obama released an official proclamation declaring June “Pride Month.” This entire month is dedicated to raising awareness of discrimination and violence against the LGBT community. Much of the discussion surrounding LGBT issues revolves around politics. But we at Social Work License Map want to make the […]

Mindfulness Meditation in Social Work

Mindfulness Meditation in Social Work

Originally developed as an extension of Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies, mindfulness meditation cultivates awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensations in the here and now. Instead of rehashing the past or projecting into the future, a person who is practicing mindfulness focuses on the present moment and is open and […]