Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of the Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting. And, what a heartbreaking reminder that "those taking care of others also need to take care of themselves." As health care practitioners, we all need a supportive community if we are to continue to be the most effective with our patients and clients, whom we have been called to serve.
Dear colleagues, I am interested in learning about the needs of social workers in their professional growth and development. The link to a brief survey is below. Please forward it to as many social workers as you know and ask them to do the same.
Thank you in advance!
According to the Webster dictionary, insanity is defined as "severe mental illness, and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), one of the criteria for Serious Mental Illness (SMI) is a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder, resulting in functional impairment, which, interferes, or limits, one or more major life activities. In 2013, 4.2%(10 millions) of the US population aged 18 or older met criteria for a serious mental illness, and this number does not include children, adolescents, nor does it include developmental or substance use disorders.
Danielle is a 32-year-old female who finally landed her dream job. She is passionate and motivated about the organization’s mission for social responsibility, and truly wants to make a difference in the world. But, just one month into the job, Danielle realized the need for improvement, and the extent to which many parts of the company needed realignment. She decided to channel her frustration through making the necessary “disruptive” changes. How should Danielle proceed and what can she do in order to turn her agency around and continue to do meaningful work? Below are 10 simple tips to help Danielle and you—should you find yourself in a similar situation—take the needed steps towards such an arduous yet noble task.
Samantha, a 36-year-old woman, comes to the office to see Dr. McKnight, after experiencing the devastation of a severe earthquake, in her birth country. She brings her 12 year-old-daughter, Marilyn, whose father is yet to be found, since the earthquake; her grandmother has been pronounced dead, and one of her siblings is severely injured. Both Samantha and Marilyn sit in the office, sobbing. Samantha is trying to comfort Marilyn, but, clearly, Samantha also needs someone to console her.