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A Day in the Life of a Veterans Affairs Social Worker in Michigan

I knew from the time I was a child that I either wanted to be a social worker or teacher because I wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I knew that one person could make a difference, and I wanted to be that person. My very first […]

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A Day in the Life of a Mental Health Social Worker

I grew up surrounded by social work values and was inspired early on to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps. My grandparents took in foster youth for more than 50 years and it was through connecting with these children and hearing their stories that my passion was ignited. This experience led […]

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A Day in the Life of a Veterans Affair Social Worker

My morning starts with a 20-mile commute across Mobile Bay to the VA CBOC (Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic) in Mobile, Alabama. The sun is at my back and the water is smooth and glassy at this time of the morning. The peace of watching the brown pelicans diving […]

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Build Awareness, Support for LGBT Homeless Youth

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth experience homelessness in a disproportionate rate compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Some studies suggest that 20 to 40 percent of street youth identify as LGBT. According to a 2007 report from the National LGBTQ Task Force, titled “An Epidemic of Homelessness," […]

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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 […]