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5 Things To Consider Before Becoming A Social Worker Professor

Have you ever wondered how to get started as an Adjunct Social Work Professor? Well I know I did when I was first starting out in the profession and I had no clue how to get started. 

Teaching is often times one of the most common ways we think about increasing our income as Social Workers. After all, we are facilitating groups, we are educating parents about parenting strategies and behavior modification techniques,and teaching children how to enhance their social skills, so it seems like an easy enough transition. Well, that's not exactly the case. Although colleges and universities are looking to increase their roll of part time Social Work instructors to save money and on paying out insurance benefits, you as a part time instructor, are not held to any less of a standard as it relates to preparation, teaching and knowledge. This is actually a HUGE issue that adjuncts have with higher ed institutions...but we can touch on that another time.  But as you...

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6 Ways to Stay Safe As a Social Worker During Home Visits

In this video I wanted to cover Social Worker home visits...this is a topic that a lot of Social Workers express concerns about when they are working in the field....and rightfully so... because sometimes we go into situation that are dangerous, that are hostile or places where there is a high level of crisis and conflict. Staying safe as a Social Worker takes planning, communication and a keen awareness of your environment and of your triggers.

Whether you are a CPS Worker, School Social Worker, Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, or Foster Care worker...and I have been all of the above...I hope this video will give you a few things to be mindful of as you are conducting home visits. Know that you can grow and expand this list as you gain more experience in the field.

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Mock CBT Therapy Session For Anxiety

 

In this video I demonstrate what it's like to use CBT with a client. I also share some CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques that Social Workers, Counselors and Helping Professionals can use in a session for Anxiety. Many clients who suffer from Anxiety will exhibit negative thinking, all or nothing thinking or will catastrophize. There are many other cognitive distortions that can be present. Ultimately, these clients operate in high levels of fear that they are often unconscious of.

The goal of this sessions was to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to bring those thoughts to her awareness, to track, when, where and how they show up and the physical responses that happen in her body. The overall goal is to minimize the fear, worry and anxiety around the things that are outside of her control while focusing on those things that are within her control.

Using CBT therapy, we were able to create an action plan for her to stop the negative thoughts by asking...

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Confidentiality in Social Work Practice | 4 Things to Avoid

 

Confidentiality and Privacy are one of the core Ethical Standards that we must uphold through the NASW Code of Ethics.

Confidentiality in Social Work Practice not only guides the work that we do with children, youth and families in direct practice, but also guides how we handle information shared with 3rd parties and client records.

When explaining confidentiality to your clients, it is important to have a script that you can remember and recite every time you engage with a new Social Work client. Having a high degree of trust and confidentiality are two ways to ensure a strong therapeutic relationship, but there are also 4 major things that you should avoid in your practice.

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Black Social Worker Can't Afford To Be Apolitical and Ahistorical

I'm sure you've seen or heard the latest interview with Charlemagne tha God with Joe Biden, and it seems the conversations are mixed as to whether or not Biden was just joking with his comment, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

Some Black people seem to think it was outrageously inappropriate while others see no issue with it. I'm curious as to what you think.

The thing about being a Black Social Worker is that we have to decide where WE stand on issues, candidates, policies and programs. Not where Essence Magazine says we should stand, not where Biden, Trump, our parents or our grandparents say we should stand.

Our community can't afford to produce another generation of Black Social Workers who are apolitical, ahistorical or antiblack. Many of us simply were not taught the value and importance of keeping Black issues in a cultural context. Nor were we taught how to unapologetically advocate for the changes we need to see in...

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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome with Dr. Joy Degruy

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome with Dr. Joy Degruy You may have seen Dr. Joy Degruy in the viral video from AJ+. I will include the video in the description. But those of us who have been following the work of Dr. Joy Degruy understand that she has spend many years laying the foundation to enhance our understanding around the collective trauma that we face as African Americans. On this episode of The Afrocentric Social Worker Podcast I talk with nationally and internationally recognized author, researcher and fellow Social Worker, Dr. Joy Degruy as she discusses her work and book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.

I've been talking to a lot of you about the way forward for the black community in the wake of the pandemic, and our continuous trauma of either hearing about or watching the death of black people on TV. Many of you were not familiar with the work of Dr. Joy Degruy or had not been introduced to her research from Post Traumatic...

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2 Reason Why People Aren't Happy For You

Uncategorized May 24, 2020

WHY AREN'T PEOPLE HAPPY FOR ME? | 2 REASONS WHY

If this is a question you have ever asked yourself, know that there are many reasons why people in your life aren't happy for you. This can be a family member, close friend or even a partner or spouse. Early in our child development we need validation and acceptance from our caregivers to help us to develop a healthy sense of self and a strong identity.

But sometimes we are born into situations where the main people who were "suppose" to be happy for you aren't, and it can leave you feeling unworthy, devastated and defeated. I hope this video gives you insight on how to overcome those feelings and not to internalize other people's perception of you.

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How I Became A Clinical Social Worker

Hey everybody, this is Part 2 of the video I did, My 20 Careers in Social Work

My journey to becoming a Clinical Social Worker has not been an easy one. I worked in a lot of jobs that didn't provide me with my clinical hours I needed before I began working toward licensure. Once I obtained my hours, I knew entrepreneurship was the route for me.

Now a Clinical Social Worker can either be an LCSW or an LISW, depending on the state, but it is the same credential. If any of you are ready to begin into private practice I have a Private Practice Templates Bundle that includes all the forms I used to get started. These are editable word documents, that you can cut, copy and paste to fit your practice needs.

Please share with a Social Worker who you know may be interested in staring a private practice...and thanks for watching!

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2 Reasons Why You Feel Like Quitting Your Social Work Job

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2020

We've all been there....most of us have experienced that moment, or let's be honest... those MOMENTS, when we asked ourselves, "What am I doing?," "Am I even making a difference?," Am I cut out for this?, "Did I make a mistake getting this degree?" When those thoughts came for me, I realized they were connected to two internal feelings that I needed to explore further.

This video is to encourage you to travel along your own journey of self discovery to answer those questions for yourself. Wanting to quit your Social Work job can leave you feeling defeated, disappointed and anxious about your future. But the more you know and come to understand about yourself, your wants and desires, the more clear your path will become!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTL2HGMAsb0

 

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My 20 Social Work Careers and How I Got Fired!

I'm not sure how or why being fired is such a taboo topic that we don't like to discuss in professional spaces. It comes with a lot of self doubt, embarrassment, and second guessing ourselves. Although I experienced each of these feelings, especially early on in my Social Work Career, I never let that stop me or define my skills as a professional Social Worker. The reality is...being fired... it happens, it's not the end of the world and you can bounce back! Not only that, but you learn so many valuable lessons about yourself, leadership and points for personal and professional growth.

I'm glad to share my journey with fellow social workers, on how I was able to leveraging my skill sets, and relationships to ultimately transition into entrepreneurship! 

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112 Careers in Social Work

https://www.manickathomas.com/careers

Child Development 101: How To Know When To Refer A Child For Mental Health Services

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