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Holidays a busy time for social workers - Nashua Telegraph

Holidays a busy time for social workers - Nashua Telegraph | Careers in Human Services work | Scoop.it
Holidays a busy time for social workersNashua TelegraphHave you ever had someone influence your life so dramatically that you also wanted to help others? During the holiday season, social workers come out in full force to help people in need.
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This is cool because at school this year I bought gifts for the Henry the giving Snowman for little kids. Also, my family "adopts a family" for the holidays and we prepare a meal and buy gifts for that family. This article related to that because it was about social workers and their duties around the holidays. They provide resources to families in need, like soup kitchens, and shelters. Also, just putting together simple food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals goes a long way to families in need. Giving back to people feels so good and since I already do contribute during the holidays when there is the most need, I could do more if I was a social worker and worked with non profit organizations to do more.

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Mobile Therapy: Can iPhone Apps Substitute Standard Counseling?

Mobile Therapy: Can iPhone Apps Substitute Standard Counseling? | Careers in Human Services work | Scoop.it

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Since we live in the age of technology now, it is no surprise to me that there are iPhone and iPad apps to help assist people in certain aspects of treatment. In the article it stated that 5% of the adult population suffers from a mental illness and I don't doubt it. Depression is the number one mental health issue right now and it will continue to rise. I see both sides of the opinions of this article. On one hand I see how documenting how you are feeling and where you are hurting is less intimidating since it is in your home and you can log information instantly, but the face to face communication and human contact is super important, especially if you are battling a mental illness! I am surprised that patients would rather use an app on their phone rather than talking out their problems because I can write notes or keep a  journal on my phone but there is no one to talk back and advise me on my points. This is a new approach to therapy and I hope it would never replace the valuable contact of real life therapy.

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Baptist Health opens new counseling center - Today's THV

Baptist Health opens new counseling center - Today's THV | Careers in Human Services work | Scoop.it

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This is really cool to see. In an area where the number of people suffering from a mental health setback is rising, it is awesome to see a counseling center being opened in a hospital for these patients. I think calling this place a Counseling center is very important because it doesn't sound like mental health clinic or psych ward or anything scary and intimidating like that. It sounds like a warm, friendly place where people can just discuss their problems and feelings with professionals. I would love to work in a place like this where you see all different ages and circumstances of patients and cater to each one's needs. I am also a believer in the Christian faith so seeing that this counseling center and hospital is based off of Christian values is meaningful.

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Yelm social worker named best in state - TheNewsTribune.com

Yelm social worker named best in state - TheNewsTribune.com | Careers in Human Services work | Scoop.it

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I thought this article was interesting because it is an interview with a social worker and I am going to interview one of our counselors here who has a Master's in Social Work. It was cool to read her answers to the questions asked because it gives me a better idea about what she is doing with her degree and what I should ask the counselor when I interview her. In the article, the lady works in an elementary school and is an intervention counselor so she helps identify problems in kids' lives that interfere with their academics and learning. There is such a variety in a job like that and that is one of the reasons why it interests me becasue every case is different in its own way. I am excited to interview one of the couselors because she has a degree in Social Work and cousels students. In this article the lady loved her job and loved the kids that she worked with and that's why I think I would do well in this position because I love working with kids and helping them solve problems and overcome barriers in their lives. I love seeing people succeed and this sounds like a rewarding job.

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Uganda Studies Program: Social Work in Uganda

Uganda Studies Program: Social Work in Uganda | Careers in Human Services work | Scoop.it

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I am so happy I came upon this article because it pertains to my project in 2 ways! First it is about social work and working with abandoned or orphaned children and counseling them and second, it is in a different country which is what I did when I went on my mission trip! Though I didn't go to Uganda, I was in a foreign country and even though I wasn't counseling the kids, I was working closely with them and I formed bonds with them just in the couple days I was there. This article is very inspiring to go and serve in other countries and apply what you learn about counseling and social work in our "Western " culture and bring it to a place like Uganda to teach and help kids over there. I have a connection with this article because I experienced the same kind of thing in Mexico and I would love to be able to counsel and advise kids who don't live with their parents or who don't see their parents as often as they should. The kids in Mexico that I worked with were locked out of their houses all day while their parents were working and they just had to fend for themselves in the streets. It is sad and makes me want to go back and help them and be a part of their community. That was another part in this girl's article that I saw in Mexico. She said when she was talking one-on-one to someone there was always someone else in the room because everyone knew everything that was going on and it was a strong community. In Mexico, the church I was working at was the heart of their community because they opened up and took in these kids that were locked out their houses and when I went down to serve I was able to give these kids something to look forward to that day and make their lives a little bit better.

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