As I recently told a social work class, one of the unique perspective of social workers, is understanding a client and the environment around them. This is certainly something that I practice daily, and has informed me in the various clients that I have/had work with. Whether it was a child from a single parent home living in public housing, or an adult with chronic mental illness who’s longing for connection.
An issue that is commonly known, but is complex is low socio-economic status or poverty. Poverty is more than just one’s annual total income, or whether one has a job, and its affects all aspects of daily life that can become emotionally, mentally, and/or physically traumatic- trauma that can affect one’s DNA and future generations.
So here’s what I listened to a couple of weeks ago:
•Economics of Surrogacy
•Systemic School Segregation
•Strangers in Their Own Land Read the rest of this entry »
For many young people, life has always been busy. It’s even been said that life was overscheduled as youngsters, perhaps a reaction to my generation’s childhood of latchkey kids and freedom like the kids from Stranger Things. For some that did not stop in college, whether it was continuing on with community service projects, joining a fraternity/sorority, playing a club sport, becoming “woke” to a number of political, societal or environmental concerns.
But what happens when you graduate, and you start working? What happened to those days when you could take a nap after your 9am class, what happened to those emails or sign up sheets for reading to the local elementary school kids, what happened to that weekly game of pick up, and friends who were always available to go out for a smoke, or make a late night run for food? Read the rest of this entry »
I was once a swimmer who had a coach that thought I would be a great person to swim the 200 butterfly- at every single meet. The 200 fly is not easy- long enough where you can not sprint, but short enough where it’s not a true distance event where you just hold a consistent pace. The strategy was to chop up the event into 3 sections: 50-100-50. Take the first 50 fairly easy, build up your pace during the 100, and pour out whatever you got left to bring it back home for the final 50.
For many students, they are in the 4th quarter, 3rd trimester, or the back half of the 2nd semester. This can also be a stressful time for students and parents, as the pressures to succeed, or simply pass. It can feel like a mad sprint to the end of the year, while others are still trying to get out of cruise control. Here are some tips to make the end of the year as successful as possible. Read the rest of this entry »