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Saturday, February 23, 2013

I Would Think We'd Be Higher

Number 9!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Discoveries Of The Week

Things learned, accomplished and discovered this week...

Blog Discovery: How Not To Do Social Work  --I love the honesty and earnest insights into the profession shared here.

New-to-me-Etsy Shop: RossLab.  Whimsical, simple ceramics.  Because there can never be enough bowls and cups!

Activism task: I signed a petition to President Obama asking him to leave social security benefits alone.

Weekly treat: I enjoyed a week off from work...the last full week of vacation time I took was in October 2011! Of course, I fully absorbed a total state of doing-nothingness and may even have raised it to a whole new level.

Social work resources:  New search engine providing valuable info on local and federal U.S. programs for housing, employment, food and health for those in need.  It also gives users the ability to add resources.  And the website, Promised Land, has some awesome ideas and tools on how to become a changemaker in your community. 

Moment of suckage:  Watching the movie "Twilight: Breaking Dawn".  I have no adequate words to describe the pointlessness involved in this series, and furthermore, no rational explanation as to why I actually watch the movies.

Question of the week: Why are there so few resources such as social work blogs and/or helpful online resources (e.g. U.K Social Care Network | The Guardian) established by American social workers?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Social Workers Tweet

What Social Workers Are Talking About On Twitter This Week

Social Work Digest

This week's news and announcements in the world of social work.

  • "We're getting back to good old-fashioned social work". Department of Human Service social workers in Michigan moving into elementary and high schools.
  • New Jersey social service workers unhappy as case loads increase but staffing levels remain stagnant. 
  • Over 3,000 front line social service workers in British Columbia walk off their jobs in effort to receive higher wages.  “We do realize this is a fight we’re having with the government,” says social services bargaining committee chairperson.
  • Finally! Someone explains "what is social work". Spoiler alert: Not all social workers work in schools or for child protection agencies.
  • I like this U.K.  model for attracting and retaining social workers.  Adequate supports and ongoing opportunities for advancement and trainings are key.
  • Need for social workers growing; Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho planning to offer new social work program. 
    Jan Roeser, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, said careers related to social work and two other degree programs NNU plans to offer in Twin Falls are projected to show a lot of growth.  The number of new jobs is expected to increase by 20 to 35 percent this decade. The professions also have high wages. {via Times News |
    My note: Not  so sure about the 'high wages' part though!