Tackling Three Misconceptions of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Cycle Infographic Opening our eyes to domestic violence and helping victims requires a deeper understanding – because reality is far more complicated than common conceptions. Domestic Violence fact: One in four women, and one in seven men, will be victims of domestic violence in the U.S. in their lifetime, according to the CDC. For women globally, the number is 35 percent. Understanding the complete definition of domestic violence The U.S. Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship, used by one partner to gain or preserve power and control over another intimate partner. This behavior can involve physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats. Social and economic costs are huge Misconceptions… Read more >>
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Social Work: Making a difference with PTSD Treatments

Social Work PTSD Treatments PTSD treatments—and hope—abound as social workers help clients. As the National Center for PTSD states, there is no single treatment that will work for everyone for post-traumatic stress disorder. So to help people experiencing PTSD, social workers engage on multiple fronts. They’re researching promising treatments and honing and adapting accepted practices for new groups and environments. They may be part of a team in hospital care helping identify the most effective medication for a client, working with children’s or veteran’s associations, or helping individual clients, every day. “Social workers must look to expand their therapeutic repertoire to meet clients ‘where they are,’ not force the treatment to fit the client,” wrote Claudia J. Dewane, EEd, LCSW, of Temple University, in… Read more >>
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Social Work: PTSD and Trauma

Social Work PTSD infographic Trauma can occur anywhere, for anyone—and sometimes in unexpected places. Almost anyone can suffer—and almost all can be helped. We hear a lot today about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. A National Association of Social Workers newsletter article recently made the case for trauma as “the new public health crisis.” Some believe PTSD is a problem only for those who have experienced war or violence. Others say they’re seeing references to it everywhere, and wondering: Can it really be that prevalent? The truth rests somewhere in between. We’re learning more about trauma and PTSD every day, and social workers are responsible for some of the cutting-edge research and breakthrough treatments. But trauma and PTSD have always been with… Read more >>
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Social Work: Helping Refugees with PTSD

Refugees suffering from PTSD Panic attacks, depression, loss of weight and appetite, and a recurring sense of hopelessness have become a regular part of Mustafa’s life. He now lives in Germany, far from a war zone, but his past experiences of detention, torture, and living amid death and destruction still haunt him. “I don’t go out a lot. I have problems with trust. I cannot trust people because in Syria you cannot trust anyone,” he told Al Jazeera in an interview under a pseudonym for his safety. Mustafa’s story is all too common. Rising need, lagging recognition The United States has seen over 600,000 refugees from Somalia, Vietnam, former Soviet republics, and beyond settle throughout the country since 2000. Studies estimate that 10 percent… Read more >>
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Social Work - Career Opportunities in a Wide Range of Areas

Social Work Careers Social Work is a caring career — and social workers earning their MSW are able to pursue their ambitions to be a political leader or boss, to drive organizational transformation or create game-changing programs, or even carve out a place in the C-Suite. An education in social work gives you an extraordinary set of in-demand, future-friendly skills, ranging from research design and data analysis to team leadership and crisis management. Here are a few of the top areas where these skills are needed most. Senior living This field must recruit 1.2 million new employees by 2025, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, crunched by Argentum, the nation’s largest senior living association. And social workers will be key among… Read more >>
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