Ways That You Can Be Socially Responsible

What do you think are the things that will make you be happy? You might think that you can be happy if you would wake up one day and have all the money in the world to buy everything that you desire. You may want to wake up one day and realize that you have already gained the respect of people that you consider to be important in your life but this is not always the case. You know that respect is not given, it is earned.

If you have different things but you are not feeling satisfied, it may be because you are not socially responsible yet. Perhaps you need to help other people more because without helping others, you will not be able to gain a sense of self worth. You do not have to wait for the holidays just to give people the help that they deserve. You can help people whenever you want to. Just remember that when you give, you should do it with all your heart.

Ways That You Can Be Socially Responsible

Remember that in order to become socially responsible, you do not need to do grandiose things. You can just check out Foundation for Defense of Democracies in order to gain some ideas about what you should do. Other things that you can do are the following:

  • Lend your skills to those who are in need.

When was the last time that you did some tutoring? You do not have to be paid to tutor but you can be of help to someone who is in need. It will be different if you would teach your child how to do some lessons. Perhaps you can go to some centers and teach other children some basic things during your spare time. You know that it will give you a sense of fulfilment even if you are not being paid to do it.

  • Help the elderly or the disabled.

Do you know that most elderly people are sad because they do not get enough visitors? Whenever you lend your time to visit with them and speak with them, they tend to feel better. They tend to feel good because you are paying attention to them. It may be a bit different for the disabled. Some physically challenged people do not want to get help from others but there are also some who would love the help that you can offer.

  • Prepare meals for the poor.

You know that there are some people in this world who are not able to eat three times a day. Now is your chance to give them the help that they need by making sure that they can eat. You can cook for them and give them food. Sometimes, you can stay in some centers wherein they can go for the food but there are also times when you can prepare food ahead of time and just give them the food when you see them. A lot of people would appreciate it.

Remember that when you help, you should not do it in order to gain recognition. You should not do it in order to show that you are good. You have to do this out of the goodness of your heart. If you are only doing it for show, then do not bother because it will not count.…

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Who to Look Out For and When to Get Insurance

Social work is a demanding career. You have the weight of the world’s emotional and social issues on your shoulders but you’re not as well compensated as others in the helping profession. Some days you might feel like everyone is out to get you and it’s not because you have paranoid delusions.

The world is an intensely anger-filled, vindictive place. The abundance of lawsuits makes you wonder if you need to hire a prominent lawyer like Martin Chitwood. And, sometimes the weird people you work with make you wonder if you need a bodyguard like Laurence Tureaud (Mr. T.).

Who to Look Out For and When to Get Insurance

Stay Away from these Guys/Gals

Anybody playing the politician in the office is worth avoiding. These people will schmooze their way right into your life and use any information they can get to surpass you in the ranks. Then there are the egomaniacs, who (like roosters) want to constantly crow about their own giftedness but will quite readily remain on the fence rather than make any useful decisions.

There are also people who thrive on negativity, they live their lives like funeral directors waiting for everyone else’s demise. Or you have probably come in contact with tattletales. They want to keep people gossiping and at each other’s throats. They probably work really well with the funeral director types and are best avoided at all costs.

Scorekeeping people are equally troublesome. They will remember the last time you borrowed a client form or an ink pen and will expect it to be replaced 7 fold. You’re better off getting assistance from someone else who won’t hold it over your head. To learn more about who to avoid at work read this.

Time for Some Insurance

The last thing you need at work is people trying to trip you up. But, they are not the only rabble rousers. Sometimes clients are dangerous too. You should consider these things when contemplating the need for malpractice insurance. Doctors aren’t the only ones who need that protection.

  • Determine if you need it. The biggest regret is thinking you don’t and then finding out you do. Having your own policy protects your interests even when a case falls under the agency’s policy. They are in it for themselves and you may be a casualty they are willing to endure.
  • How much will you need? Once you’ve decided a policy is in your best interest you’ll need to decide what amount of coverage is necessary. $1-$3 million is the recommended coverage amount.
  • Check the carrier. You need to ensure that the carrier of your policy is stable. You don’t want to invest a lot of money in an insurance policy that will go under when it’s time to put it into action. Check their ratings with organizations like A.M. Best. The historical stability of the company you choose should be part of the decision making process as well.
  • Don’t freak out. The idea of being sued for malpractice is indeed panic-inducing. However, statistics put social workers at a pretty low risk for being sued. You don’t prescribe meds and generally you don’t work with other types of high-risk clientele. This is just a preventative procedure on your part. You can learn more about malpractice insurance here.

Nobody wants to get sued. As a social worker, your heart is for people, but there are some that are best avoided as mentioned here. And, as a means of protecting yourself investing in malpractice insurance is a good plan. Take these things into consideration.…

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The Advantages of Doing Social Work

There are different professions that are available for people. Some people decide to take up medicine and become doctors while there are also some people like Martin Chitwood who become lawyers. People choose their professions depending on the following:

  • What they want to achieve in life – There are some people who are born achievers and they want to get the best out of all the things that they do.
  • What they truly want to do – People do not just become lawyers because they were forced to do so. They have to like it so that they can continue pursuing their dream.
  • What is expected of them – Some people are not forced to take up certain professions but they want to fulfil the expectation of their parents and family members.

What about you, what profession would you like to have? There are only a few people who are called to do social work but if you have already realized that this is something that you want to do, then knowing more about it will help.

The Advantages of Doing Social Work

If you would like to pursue doing social work but you are not sure what advantages you can get from it, here are some of the things that you can get from it:

  1. You will be able to make a difference with a lot of people’s lives.

You may be someone who has not experienced too many hardships before but you have become exposed to it enough to know that other people are going through some problematic situations every day. Whenever you give the type of help that people need, they will be grateful to you. The feeling of fulfilment that you will get will be hard to replicate when you do other things that are not related to doing social work.

  1. You will meet different people from all walks of life.

Do you know that one great way to become open minded about life is to meet people who are experiencing lives that are different from yours? When you become a social worker, you are not only meeting people that you are going to help, you will also meet other people who love doing social work. You can share stories about each other to get to know each other better.

  1. You will get flexible hours.

If one of your main reasons for having this type of job is because you know that you will not get stuck in the office like other people then this may be the right job for you. You can always decide what type of schedule you want. At the same time, you can also go to different places that you would never think of visiting before.

  1. You can be hired by different employers.

The great thing about social work is that you will not be limited to being under just one company. There are different companies and organizations that can hire you for the type of service that you can give. For example, you can be hired by a school one time and be hired by another organization next time.

With all of these benefits that you know you can get, are you already interested to start doing social work?…

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Distress and Social Work

You have completed your course work and passed your licensure testing, now you are ready to enter the world of compassionate yet, ethical, social work. Unfortunately, your teachers couldn’t and didn’t prepare you for the heartbreaking reality of your career.

When you face the anguish of a child victim of repeated sexual abuse, and the hollowness in the eyes of the child who watched his father murder his mother, something inside you will wonder if you have taken the wrong career path. And you’re not alone in that feeling. Many enter this field with high expectations of saving the world only to find the world weighs far too heavily on them.

Distress and Social Work

The truth is, the field of social work can bring great amounts of distress, trauma, and burnout and compassion fatigue (read about that here). So how do you keep trudging along and keep making a difference in the lives of your clients? Here are some steps to stay strong and continue caring at the same time:

Boundaries- Establish firm and steadfast boundaries for yourself and your clients. Don’t take on their struggles as your own and don’t allow your personal life to intrude upon your professional life (and vice versa). This is often easier said than done, but it is a necessity to maintain your emotional well-being.

Rest- Your job is harder than you probably ever realized. It’s important that you take time to rest. Make sure you have the best memory foam mattress on the market so that your sleep will always be rejuvenating. But also go on vacation, enjoy the ocean, the mountains, and the stars. Allow yourself to just take some time to unwind and refuel. You need time to yourself so don’t be afraid to take it.

Stay Connected- The easiest way to get overburdened and weighted down is to remain in isolation. Make sure you have established an excellent core group of people who are fun to be around, understand you well, and can support you when things get challenging. Allow them to show you the empathy, compassion and care that you are working hard to dole out. You will need that refreshment too.

Exercise- There is some evidence that supports the quote, “Move a muscle, change a thought.” Whenever the job gets overwhelming, makes you anxious, sad or feeling defeated, do something active. Exercise releases endorphins, remember? Those are the feel good hormones you need. Besides, when you are working out, running, hiking, etc. you won’t have time to focus on the ouches of the daily grind; your body will be speaking much louder. Click this for more information on the value of exercise for you.

Pray- Lift your concerns to God and allow the peace that passes understanding to fill you. That quiet time will be great for your mind and soul. You will find newly invigorated strength, faith and compassion supplied that will enable you to continue through the pain.

There are so many other recommendations for limiting the distress involved in the career of social work. You might want to read more about it as these are insights from professional social workers whom have been in their careers long enough to have learned a few things about how to keep themselves mentally and emotionally fit for the trying job they have.

Remember, “should” is a bad word. Don’t judge yourself against others, you’re each on your own journey. Just do your best, care well, and follow these suggestions.…

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How Social Workers Can Protect Themselves

Social workers are often exposed to upsetting information.  This can include evidence of incidences of abuse, neglect, and other mistreatment, as well as a variety of other crimes committed against a person.  With such things being at the forefront of their everyday work, it is important to protect yourself during your down time by ensuring those you surround yourself with are truly the people you believe them to be.

In order to better assess the people in your life, consider these tips for ensuring that everything is on the up-and-up before you invite someone new into your life.

How Social Workers Can Protect Themselves

Service Providers or Contractors

Many people don’t take a lot of time to investigate the people who they invite into their homes to perform services or complete various kinds of remodeling or construction work, even if investigating information is part of their daily work lives, as can be in the field of social work.  Failing to do so can compromise more than your financial security, but your general safety.

In order to make sure you hire the right person, or business, for the job, and that they are a legitimate company operating legally within your state, take the time to do the same level of research you would when investigating a social work issue at work.

For example, make sure the business is properly licensed and/or bonded as required by state law, and that the business has a permanent operating location within the area.  Take the time to get multiple bids, as a bid that is well below the average may be a warning sign of subpar work or materials.  If they ask for a deposit, make sure that it falls within the legal range as dictated by state law, and only consider working with an individual who creates a formal contract regarding the work to be performed.

New Personal Relationships

With the popularity of online dating continuing to rise, making sure that you take precautions before meeting someone new is critical.  Just as you would investigate accusations made against a person as part of your profession, extend some of those techniques to those you meet online.

One quick step is to complete a basic background check.  With the number of online background checking options available online, getting advice from a review site, such as http://backgroundhawk.com/ can help you figure out which options will work best for your situation.

Make sure that you meet the new person in a public place, especially for the first meeting.  This can help increase your overall safety by being near other people.  If possible, consider meeting during the day, when the sun is up.  Additionally, do not have them pick you up at your home, as this presents an extra level of risk.

When possible, if you must drive to the meeting location, park your car out of sight of the front of the business.  Instead, park in a well-lit, nearby area, as this will prevent the person you are meeting from being able to identify which car is yours.

When in doubt, call in some backup.  Just as you wouldn’t go to a home visit without someone being aware of your location, you can choose not to go to a meeting alone.  This can include having a friend or family member accompany you on the trip.  They can enter the meeting place separate from you, and sit in an area that gives them a direct line of sight to your location.  Once the meeting is complete, they can accompany you to your vehicle, ensuring you are never alone if things do not appear to be going well.…

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Try Therapeutic Photography

As a social worker you have been inundated with a vast amount of therapeutic suggestions. While you may not be considered a therapist, we all know that your job involves helping people in the best ways you can. Sometimes therapy can be fun and now you can explain the values of photographic therapy to your clients and colleagues.

Photography opens the door for people to share their feelings and ideas even when words evade them. Visual diaries are great ways to keep track of the journey to health and wellness. Photography for beginners might be a intimidating but with a little advice and practice even the least experienced photographers can convey emotion and ideas through the pictures they take.

Before we continue, let’s make sure we understand the difference between PhotoTherapy and therapeutic photography. The first is done in the midst of therapy and the latter is done as therapy. We are discussing the latter because social workers do not offer therapy but can suggest therapeutic methods to work through troubling situations.

Try Therapeutic Photography

Organizations that Support Therapeutic Photography

There are several organizations that are designed to assist and grow the area of therapeutic photography. These establishments seek to further the health and well-being of those they work with. So, when you are looking for ideas for your clients these are great resources:

  • Photovoice- Focusing on the marginalized and disadvantaged, this group utilizes photography as a tool for growth, empowerment and change. You can read more about them here.
  • PhotoSensitive- This collective of photographers is a non-profit organization focused on bringing social issues to the forefront of modern thought via provoking photography. If you’re interested in them you can read more.
  • PhotoTherapy Centre- This entity provides great advice about using photography as therapy. They also delve into the deeper issues and benefits of this form of therapeutic help. There’s more to learn about them here.

Photography Evokes Emotion

If you have ever taken the time to sit with an elderly individual and look through the pictures he/she has collected over the years, you have undoubtedly heard the stories and emotions attached to each one. Photography does just that, it tells us a story. And when people are asked to tell a story about their lives and emotions, through the lens, much can be revealed. Some can be healed.

Therapeutic photography opens the door to self-awareness and evaluation. It can reduce social exclusion by creating the catalyst necessary for people to interact with the world around them.  There are a number of additional benefits as well:

  • Improving family relationships
  • Strengthening communities
  • Activating positive social change
  • Improving intercultural relationships
  • Enhancing visual literacy skills
  • Sharpening education
  • Expanding research

Photography has more value than previously considered. If you think about your initial reaction to the idea of therapeutic photography you were probably a little cynical. What do old pictures have to do with healing hearts? Photos are more than the images on the page or the screen, they are the thoughts, story and emotion behind the image.

This is what makes a difference and can incite change in the lives of your colleagues and clients. In fact, it’s probably a great idea to try the method yourself. Join one of the therapeutic photography communities mentioned above, or elsewhere, and see if some of their projects don’t impact your life. Photography has power and now you can share.…

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Suicide Prevention Ideas for Social Workers

When the sadness gets overwhelming, when hard times lead to despair, some people turn to suicidal ideology. Social workers are actively involved in the lives of people in the midst of struggles. These struggles can oft times seem too much to bear. How can a social worker help when it comes to suicide prevention?

Before we consider some steps, let’s first understand that suicidal individuals often feel like they are alone in their misery. They are convinced of two things: no one cares and it is never going to get better. One of the best methods to aid in preventing suicide is being engaged in the lives of those around you. When we pay attention to people who are hurting we become more in tune with the signs that suicide might be on their mind. There are other ways to help as well…

Suicide Prevention Ideas for Social Workers

Help Prevent Suicide

No one wants to lose someone, but surviving the loss of someone who took his/her own life is far more devastating. There is always that surety that it could have been different, that somehow the event could have been stopped. Here are some possible ways to reach out to people considering suicide:

  • Look for the signs. People who have recently suffered some sort of trauma are at a potential risk. If they start talking about death, wanting to give things away, withdrawing, and talking about how alone and isolated they feel, it is probably time to get them some help.
  • Begin to help. Sometimes people just need you to be there and listen. They don’t want you to tell them how to fix it or give them pat answers. They want to know you understand how deeply they are hurting. Empathy is a tremendous assistant in these instances. Let them know you are concerned and if necessary seek professional help.
  • Don’t mince words. No one wants to hear you sugar coat the extremity of his/her pain. Ask him/her point blank if suicide is an option.
  • Determine capability. If they have admitted that suicide is on their minds, it’s time to assess the situation. Are they capable of killing themselves? Do they have access to the methods they’ve considered? If the answers to these questions are in the affirmative, then more drastic measures are necessary.

Professional Alternatives

Sometimes you just aren’t prepared or equipped to handle the gravity of someone considering suicide. However, as a professional, you do have access to other entities that can provide that personal and confidential assistance to the person you are concerned about. Consider these organizations:

  • SAMHSA- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration- You can learn more about their programs and suggestions by clicking here.
  • NIMH- National Institute of Mental Health- Their recommendations are also valuable and can be read here.
  • Dove Press– Dove Medical Press- They will keep you abreast of all sorts of medical and social developments.

Understand that in your position as a social worker you are not alone. The weight of the world is not on your shoulders and sometimes you just can’t help. That’s why there are other professionals specifically trained to assist those with mental health issues. You can utilize the organizations above to better learn how to handle your clients whom are considering suicide as an option. As you have no doubt been told, suicide is a permanent answer to a temporary problem. You can help be part of the solution.…

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How Social Workers Can Stay Clued Up On Politics

Social workers have some of the noblest jobs out there.  Their work is helping to save the lives of children and to improve the lives of those in need.  But it is tough work.  As a social worker you probably see lots of things that would result in endless sleepless nights and lots of nightmares. It can be easy to get so caught up in the troubles and worries involved in social work that you lose track on all other important things in life that requires your attention such as politics and general entertainment.  It is however important for social workers to stay clued up on politics so you will know what is happening in the world around you so you can make the right decisions when it comes to support and voting.

How Social Workers Can Stay Clued Up On Politics

Watch the news in general

The best way to stay clued up on politics is to watch news in general.  Most major happenings in a country gets discussed on the news and you can relax comfortably in front of the TV while you get clued up on all the major battles and struggles that is happening in parliament.  Watching the news is also terrific for finding out what is happening in other countries and for improving your general knowledge so you can be an interesting and clued up person with multiple interests in your world.

Follow social sites of popular political figures

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are terrific for staying clued up on politics because you can quickly get an update on anything major that is happening by simply swiping up and down on your tab during a lunch break.  You can like or follow popular figures like Mark Dubowitz, Barak Obama and more which is bound to keep you updated on all of the major activities that your country is engaged in.

Talk about it

Not everyone is built for talking politics but being able to talk politics is terrific because when you inform others and share your passion with others you are also inspiring them to make the right decisions so their votes will continue to keep children and free people safe.  Politics is also the one type of conversation that you can enjoy with any person from anywhere and is a terrific way to break the ice when you are invited into the houses of some of your clients or some of the families that you are protecting. It is important for you to stay clued up on what popular political figures are doing so you will be able to talk sense when you speak politics.  One of the most popular political figures to stay informed on right now is Mark Dubowitz.  Mark Dubowitz is the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an expert in sanctions against Iran.  He and the FDD is the exact person who is keeping you and the children you serve to protect safe from a nuclear war.  Dubowitz could definitely benefit from your support and when you follow news feeds on Dubowitz you will automatically be clued up on all of the major things that is happening in and around your country.…

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Self Care Tips For Social Workers to Stay Healthy

To many, social workers are our guardian angels on earth. Their selfless dedication to service to mankind usually goes unnoticed. Sadly, many social workers are too focused on helping others that they neglect themselves. In a job environment where chronic stress and other health conditions are a reality, health workers need to figure out ways to keep themselves healthy not only for their own good, but for the good of the people they serve. If you’re a social worker looking for self care tips to help you remain healthy during the course of your career read on.

Make time for yourself

One obstacle social workers face when trying to take care of themselves is dedicating all their time to the needs of other people. Although dedicating most of your time towards your work is great, you need to be selfish at times and focus on your needs. Making time for yourself allows you to recover and refresh both physically and mentally. It allows you to enjoy doing things you love to do besides work. Overall, it helps you manage stress better and, prevent burnout.

Seek help where necessary

As a social worker, it’s common not to try and appear vulnerable or weak by seeking help from others. However, were all human and at a point in life, we’ll all need help from someone. Social work can be physically, mentally and spiritually draining. Without help, it can take a toll on your body. It’s therefore recommended that you seek help from a therapist. Therapy sessions can help you get better fulfillment from your work and, help manage stress.

Besides a personal therapist, you should also build a social network of close friends and relatives whom you can count on to listen, empathize and support you all the time.

Eat healthy and workout regularly

Having a healthy body is the key to ensuring that you’re able to get through each day at work. In your highly demanding job, you’ll need a body that’s full of energy and free from disease. Eating healthy always and working out regularly can help you achieve this.

Future Research Possibilities

There are many different peptides currently under research that talk about ways to help the body’s metabolism and immune system by using igf-1 lr3, however this has not been FDA approved yet for human consumption and has only been tested on animals. Click here to read more information on this peptide.

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Learn to delegate

As a social worker, there’s only so much you can do every single day. Although you might want to personally handle every responsibility you might have, it’s usually impossible. In addition, handling too many responsibilities at once will easily lead to burnout no matter how good you are at multitasking. Start by delegating some tasks at home. For example, you can assign cleaning duties to your older children. Delegating jobs allows you to have more time to focus and accomplish the tasks that you choose to handle.

Learn to say no or yes more often

Self care requires that you know when to say no or yes. There are situations where saying no could mean avoiding burnout. There are other situations where saying yes might mean an opportunity to catch up with friends and family and have some fun. Learning when to say no or yes demands that you carefully consider the outcome of your consent.  

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Grooming Equipment That Can Help Social Workers Look Terrific On A Budget

As a social worker you probably don’t earn the biggest salary in the world and you are incredibly likely to spend what little money you earn on helping others in need.  You also have to maintain a good and representable look when you are visiting families because you don’t want to scare anyone off by looking like a wild man and you have to be someone that these families can look up to in their time of need.  There are plenty of products on the market that can help you stay groomed and trimmed to perfection and most of these products can actually save you a lot of money so you will have more to give to charity.  The top grooming equipment that you should definitely get if you want to look great on a budget is;

Body groomer

Body groomers works in much the same way as an electric shaver.  The only difference is that they are developed to keep you from cutting yourself when you are shaving hard to reach areas such as your back and they are functional enough to use on just about any part of your body.  With a body groomer you can shave your legs, shoulders, back and even your chest hair if these body hairs are causing unpleasant odors, annoying you or causing embarrassment.  To find the best body groomers you should check out some reviews on the products because these reviews will give you a good idea of the functionality of the different groomers and you will learn all the top pros and cons of each of the different groomers that are currently on the market.

Grooming Equipment That Can Help Social Workers Look Terrific On A Budget

Hair trimmer

A good haircut can do a lot for your look.  Nothing says lazy and unprofessional like an outgrown haircut.  With a good hair trimmer you can save a lot of money because you can cut your hair from the comfort of your own home.  Modern hair trimmers come with different combs and speed settings which allow you to cut your hair in any style imaginable.  You can save money for the rest of your life because you no longer have to visit expensive hairdressers or perhaps even give back to the community by doing some free haircuts for people in need. The only difficult part about hair clippers is learning how to use them.  You can definitely expect quite a few bad hair days while you are learning to cut your hair yourself.

Get an electric shaver

As a social worker you are probably on the move quite a lot and you sometimes have to put in a whole lot of extra hours into your work.  An electric shaver can help you stay clean and shaved no matter how little time you have because you can use these fantastic shavers dry and on the go.  Electric shavers can also give you a much closer and smoother shave and most men experience far less rashes and ingrown hairs when they use electric shavers.…

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