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Mindfulness Shows Promise as We Age, but Study Results Are Mixed

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As mindfulness practices rise in popularity and evidence of their worth continues to accumulate, those who work with aging …

Mindfulness

New Ways of Detoxing in Alcohol Rehab Centers

Alcohol has always been an accepted substance that has been constantly abused over time. When consumed inappropriately it leads to a chronic disease …

Addiction

Zero Tolerance Policies Unfairly Punish Black Girls

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Black girls are disproportionately punished in American schools – an “overlooked crisis” that is populating the …

Education

Five Ways to Change Your Life This Year at a Drug Addiction Treatment Center

It’s the first few weeks of 2017, which means everybody is talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Some intend to lose weight. Others want to …

Medicaid Waivers Help Parents of Children with Autism Stay in the Workforce

PENNSYLVANIA— Medicaid waivers that improve access to home and community-based services for children with autism also help their parents keep their …

Health Care

Five Reasons to Embrace Conflict

Conflict — it’s easy to avoid. In fact, we often do anything we can to avoid it (well, I do) which often means not doing anything. However, within …

Emotional Intelligence

Life Skills for the Digital Age: Choosing the Right Technology

In the last few months, I have been thinking a lot about the skills and knowledge that we need for the digital age. I’m not talking about technology …

Learning

Dr. Seuss and Literacy: 60 Years of ‘The Cat in the Hat’

CHICAGO — Sixty years ago this March, Dr. Seuss put a hat on a cat and revolutionized children’s literature. “By rearranging simple words into …

What Michael Flynn’s Resignation Says About White House Adminstration

U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned this week amid growing concerns over the ties between the Trump administration and Russian …

Government

5 Practical Ways to Take Better Care of Our Mental Health

Though most of us recognize the benefits of investing time and effort on physical health and fitness, this is hardly the case when it comes to mental …

Mental Health

The US Department of Agriculture Has Removed All of It’s Inspection Records–Here’s why it Matters

The United States Department of Agriculture has recently removed all inspection records from it’s website–this means that inspection records from the …

Agriculture

5 Ways to Turn a Crazy Idea Into an Awesome Reality

Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, what do they all have in common? Every one of them …

Entrepreneurship

The Savvy Social Worker’s Guide to Social Media and the Internet

Social media is ever-present and will only continue to grow. As such, social workers need to know how to ethically and successfully navigate the many …

Social Media Marketing

A Trust Gap May Hinder Academic Success for Minorities

AUSTIN, Texas — Middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities are less …

Education

Finding Joy In Service: Exploring Compassionate Curiosity with Dr. Gabor Maté

Powerful service to others is based in one fundamental element and that is connection. We strive to create a space of connection that will help to …

Mindfulness

Here’s How Technology Is Providing Support For Dementia Patients

Dementia is one of our time’s leading epidemics currently affecting over 24 million people globally. This has forced governments to catapult …

Dementia

The Danger of Technologies: How Outdoor Childhoods Are A Thing Of The Past

There is something wonderful, magical even, about being outside with the wind against your face. The tranquility that nature provides cannot be found …

Parenting

Oncology Social Workers: Patient and Family Advocates

When the profession began in the 1960s, oncology social work focused on providing palliative care. Defined as “interdisciplinary, person- and …

Health Care

Danielle King: A Champion for the Disabled and LBGTQA Youth

NEW JERSEY – Danielle King’s deep concern for the well-being of others was nurtured back in elementary school as she cared for a blind and deaf …

Education

How Close Are You To Your Workmates?

When I hear the word ‘relationships’ I most often think of those in life we are closest to; family, friends and romantic partners. However in this …

Freelancing

Building a Political Agenda for Social Work

The foundational values of human rights and social justice have always been compounded with socialism and social democracy as core ideals and “right …

Social Work

SKIP: A Holistic Approach to Promoting Education for Disadvantaged Children

Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) is a UK, US and Peruvian NGO charity, working with impoverished families in El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo, in Peru. …

Education

Trump Administration’s Orders Pose Harm to Refugees, Immigrants, Academic Research and International Exchange, According to Psychologists

WASHINGTON – While safeguarding the nation from terrorist entry is of critical national importance, the Trump administration’s proposed restrictions …

Academia

Super Bowl Champ Roland Williams Mentors Kids to Eat More Veggies on Meatless Monday

NEW YORK — For Super Bowl champ Roland Williams aka Big Ro (Super Bowl XXXIV champ St. Louis Rams over Tennessee Titans in 2000), inspiring …

NFL

Issues for Immigrant Parents and Their Children

Immigrant families to Canada and the United States can face many issues complicating their adjustment to the new host culture.<p>Often unconsidered is …

Parenting

Tackling Microaggressions in a Post-Trump Era

As a member of several online Facebook groups, one trend I noted was the concern from Women of Color (WoC) on the increasing level of …

Racism

The Migrant Crisis: Rediscovering the Politics of Hope.

More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 alone. This has been the largest movement of people fleeing persecution in …

Refugees

CELCIS Reaction to The Fostering Network Report on State of UK Fostering System

SCOTLAND – On January 31, 2017, following a survey of 2,500 foster carers, the Fostering Network has warned that the UK’s fostering system is under …

United Kingdom

Four Social Work Practice Models

To best assist clients as they work to overcome whatever challenges they are facing, a social worker must employ proven techniques. Different clients …

Mental Health