From the NRHA: Rural child social workers offer pandemic perspective

From the NRHA: Rural child social workers offer pandemic perspective

Author: Susan Radcliffe and Daniel Pollack | Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020

[Originally published on RuralHealthVoices, part of the National Rural Health Association. Shared with permission from the author]

The allure of being a child social worker in a rural area is strong. Social workers who decide to work in smaller communities may forgo an ..Read More…

OPINION: The Closure of Schools and the Decline of Child Abuse Reporting Due to COVID-19 — A Perspective from Five Social Workers

By: Rosie Wolfrum, Edlin Vazquez, Maria Fonseca, Ivonne Martinez, and Adriana Sandoval

With the recent news that LAUSD will not be returning to in-person classes in the fall, many parents and advocates are concerned about children’s learning loss and how to provide childcare for many parents who still have to work to support their children. ..Read More…

Insights on a Virus: State dashboards show COVID-19 cases and related deaths much lower in residential board & care than nursing homes in California

By Jason Bloome

COVID-19 has had a devasting impact on residents and staff in long term care facilities in California.  While no care setting is impervious to the virus, residential assisted living homes have much lower rates of COVID-19 cases and related-deaths than nursing homes. 

In California, as of July 7, 2020, there have been ..Read More…

FEATURE: 20 Facts That You Should Know About Current Immigration Policies and Procedures Including Child Separations, Loss of Children in the System, and Asylum Seeking

By Karen Smith Rotabi and Carmen Monico

Fact 1: In recent years, families entering the United States without authorization have been separated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in many cases. Adults and parents with children (family units) have been held in over 100 immigration detention facilities across the U.S. Those children declared “unaccompanied” ..Read More…

FEATURE: Safety in the Workplace During a Global Pandemic

By Brian Kaufman, LCSW
Chair NASW-CA Social Work Occupational Council

As California gradually reopens there are many employers that have been calling their furloughed workers to let them know they now must return to work.  That may be welcome news to some, but at the same time they may be walking into a workplace that may ..Read More…

FEATURE – Patchwork Solutions: California Still Does Not Have Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Protocols For Nursing Homes

By Jason Bloome
NASW-CA News Contributor

Nursing homes in California have been hard hit by COVID-19 with more than 2,184 resident deaths due to the virus. Geriatricians and patient advocates have been pressuring the state to protect nursing home staff and residents by increased testing and isolation of infected residents.  A lack of compliance, enforcement ..Read More…

WATCH: Executive Director’s Message For Social Workers Graduating in 2020

Social workers! Our Executive Director, Janlee Wong, recently sat down to share a message for our new class of social workers that graduated this spring. We know that not being able to celebrate this achievement in person has been tough for many, but we would like to share this message of hope from us to ..Read More…

Student Spotlight – Carina A. Romero, MSW Candidate 2020, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Photo Submitted by Carina A. Romero

1. How did you become interested in pursuing social work?
As an undergraduate student in psychology, pursuing a career in social work was never in my life plan. Rather, my initial career goal was to become a prison psychologist, because I wanted to help individuals who were at their lowest. ..Read More…

FEATURE: Self-Care Tips From A Therapist For Healthy Living While On Lockdown

By Tracy Harrison, LCSW

 Times are weird, confusing, and stressful which is probably the understatement of the year, so far. Someone really thought it through when they made Psychotherapists essential because mental health issues are skyrocketing. You’ve seen all kinds of “how to care for yourself” lists, I’m sure. Think of this as the frequently ..Read More…

UCLA Video Series: Perseverance amid the pandemic

UCLA Luskin social welfare alumni reveal some fear and frustration and a whole lot of dedication.

By Les Dunseith | April 15, 2020

Social workers. They are still out there.

They still walk Skid Row despite the COVID-19 pandemic. They still go to homes where children are in need. They still report to work at hospitals ..Read More…