A Day in the Life of a School Social Worker

7:15 AM: The day starts off quickly with a case! Two students are fighting outside of the school building, and they have to go see the principal. Then, it’s time to check the mail to stay organized for the day. 8TA6yBXAc.gif

8:00 AM: Time to check phone messages, and maybe even answer an early-morning call from a parent! It isn’t too early for students to come in either, so be prepared to help them get their day off to a good start. 111111111.jpg

8:30 AM: Sometimes students have special needs, like clothing. It is time to bring a group of students to a local Urban League office to get new clothes. Pile them into the car, bring them to get their clothes, pile them back in the car, and go back to school. 222.jpg

9:45 AM: Time for a group session! A session might look like: having students rate their week and share a high and low, then complete a worksheet and do some role playing, then discuss what they learned, take a prize, and leave. children-happy.png

10:45 AM: Each day is full of unexpected events, like parents needing help. One day, a mom might come in to talk about the issues she is facing as a single parent. Time to speak with her, encourage her to attend parenting classes with you, and offer her some food from your cupboard. mom-pushing-baby-stroller-clip-art-image.png

11:30 AM: Part of this job might include helping out at recess. Students may approach you to talk about issues they are having, and you will help out by speaking with them. If students engage in a fight, you can provide mediation. kids-swinging-clip-art.png

12:30 PM: Time for home visits. They may not go as well as you hoped, and sometimes nobody will come to the door at all. cute-house-clipart-cute_red_and_blue_house.png

1:30 PM: Conducting lessons in classrooms is a key part of the day. It is time to go conduct a substance abuse lesson to 2nd graders, with the help of some 6th graders. class-clipart-ready-lesson-6391118.jpg

2:45 PM: Time for a meeting with the teachers on the Social Work Advisory Committee! They help a school social worker adjust to their role at the school. teacher-clipart-two-teachers-clipart-1.gif

3:30 PM: Time to go home! clock-clip-art-alarm-clock.png


“Days in the Lives of Social Workers” Pages 97-101

Military Social Work in 4 Different Countries

  1. The United States: In the United States, social work’s relationship with the military began with the Red Cross in 1918. Since then, social workers have been connected to the military in various job types. Originally, social workers were employed by the military only for mental health services, but they have now expanded to provide services including family violence prevention, substance abuse treatment, medical work, family support, and policy consultation. As they are growing in variety of services, they are growing in size and influence. However, they are still under-staffed, and more social workers are always needed. 111111
  2. Finland: In Finland, social work’s relationship with the military began with the creation of the Soldiers’ Information Office in 1942. Originally, the social workers employed here helped soldiers and their families with issues such as tax questions, wills, and war debts. In 1973, a social welfare office was established and the services social workers provided were expanded to include advocating, assessment of policies and programs, and leading support groups. finland_flags_3dclipart_www.clipartdb.com
  3. South Africa: In South Africa, social work’s relationship with the military began during apartheid, before 1994. In this era, military social workers served in both apartheid and freedom forces. They provided occupational social work services in the apartheid forces and basic resources and support in the freedom forces. When apartheid ended, social workers were there to help with the transition. South-Africa-flag-XXL-anim
  4. China: In China, there is basically no relationship between social work and the military. China has a social welfare system that works with military members and families, but there are not any social workers that were trained in or specialize in military work. The field of social work is still growing in China, so relationships with the military might happen in the future. china-flag-animation

Military Social Work: A Multi-Country Comparison

6 Things That Happen When You Become Elderly

As told by: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast

By Eliza Adler


  1. You stop cleaning the same way you used to. Something called “grime” may accumulate in your home. Grime is a word used to describe a thin layer of dust that covers everything you haven’t cleaned in a while.IMG_4979
  2. You develop small health issues. They may be physical or mental, and they are common in older adults. Examples include high blood pressure, digestive ailments, or developing dementia.IMG_4980
  3. You fall. When your body becomes frailer and your senses (vision, hearing) become worse, you are more likely to fall. It could be off of a stool, down the stairs, or while reaching for something in a cabinet.IMG_4981
  4. You can’t get out of your house as much as you used to. Running errands, like grocery shopping, is much harder when you’re older. It may be hard to walk to the store or find a ride there, since you might not be able to drive anymore. Resources like Meals on Wheels or kind neighbors can help.IMG_4982
  5. You get sick. As your body grows weaker, it grows more susceptible to illness. It isn’t uncommon for elderly people to visit the hospital frequently due to illness, injury, or other medical issues.IMG_4985
  6. You forget things. As your body is becoming more fragile, your mind is too. You might find it hard to complete tasks that were once easy or you may find yourself asking the same questions over and over.IMG_4984


“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” by Roz Chast, 2014

6 Facts about Mental Health in the US


As told by New Girl

By Eliza Adler

  1. Stigma still exists! Many people do not understand mental illness, so when they talk about it they perpetuate stigma. Using words like “psycho” or “cray-cray” to describe someone who is suffering from an illness is very harmful.giphygg
  2. Mentally ill people are not violent! Mental health is often only talked about when a mass shooting or other violent event takes place, but this isn’t fair. Most mass shootings or other violent acts were not committed by people who are mentally ill.new-girl-nick-schmidt-fight
  3. There are many people in the US who are mentally ill! In 2013, around 43 million adults in the US suffered from mental illness. This is a huge percentage of our population!                                                                            Bug-Eyed-Say-Whaaa-Reaction-On-Foxs-New-Girl
  4. Our history of taking care of people with mental illness is not a positive one. We used to send mentally ill people to asylums, where they were mistreated. In the 1960’s President Kennedy tried to close most of these asylums and open therapy centers in their place, but his plan was never carried through.                       tumblr_ndi25olva61qb9uzso2_250
  5. Many mentally ill people are in prison. In the US, about 2 million mentally ill people go to prison each year. This is expensive and dangerous, and does not help the mentally ill at all.                           tumblr_inline_mfjmlplA9z1rbaw95
  6. Police violence often involves the mentally ill. In about half of all police incidents where the police killed someone, the person was mentally ill. Some police departments are encouraging training programs for officers to learn more about how to deal with mentally ill people on the job, but this is not widespread.newgirl-ep412_shark-sc9_00474.jpg



Last Week with John Oliver, 2015.

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker in the Disabilities Field (Toni Murphy)

As told by cats.

By: Eliza Adler

  1. Come into the office and begin to sort through phone messages. These messages can include requests to connect clients with resources or referrals for clients to receive services. They can even include personal calls from clients, which can be truly inspiring. cat-on-phone
  2. Get ready to go to a meeting. This could be something such as an intake and assessment, and might be somewhere unfamiliar. Find your directions and get on your way!toonces_aaa
  3. If this is an intake and assessment meeting, each one will be different. The client and their family could speak a different language and may be overwhelmed at their situation. Help them connect with your services, and any other services they may need.Cute-Spanish-Cat
  4. Lunch may be on the go, with messages piling up and clients to attend to.03f9dad
  5. Your job may entail some supervision, such as an MSW supervising a BSW. In this mentoring position, you go meet with your supervisees if they have any concerns. For example, they may need help and advice before working with a client who has a diagnosis they are unfamiliar with.Maine Coon mother cat, Bambi, and her tabby kitten, Goliath
  6. Another meeting! This time, it is a Community Task Force meeting. The Task Force is made up of several local agencies that also serve clients with disabilities, with the goal of providing as many services as possible using grant money.8321751-Group-of-cats-European-Shorthair-in-front-of-a-white-background-Stock-Photo
  7. Gather your things and get ready to leave—but don’t get ahead of yourself! You’re not going home just yet, you have one more home visit on your way. This visit may be very similar to your intake and assessment meeting from earlier, but each family and situation is different.                  The House Favourite Operates Machine.
  8. Whew! Head home and get ready for tomorrow.Sleeping-Cat

(Grobman, 2012. Developmental Disabilities by Toni Murphy, page 165-170)

The 6 Stages in the Stages of Change Model

As told by Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation

By: Eliza Adler

  1. Precontemplation Stage. During this stage, the person denies that they have a problem or addiction. The goal in this stage is to encourage the person to consider that they may have a problem. This isn’t done by convincing them to admit they have a problem, it is done by raising their awareness about their behaviors and drawing their attention to the possibility that it is something to look into. Chris 7
  2. Contemplation Stage: In this stage, the person starts to consider their unhealthy behavior and think about changing this behavior. Although they are more aware of their behavior and are warming up to the idea of change, they have not yet committed to changing. CHRIS 2
  3. Preparation/Determination Stage: During this stage, the person decides to make a change to their lifestyle. They have committed to taking the necessary action to get help, and will initiate positive change. They still have to try hard to change, it will not come automatically.                                                                Chris 1
  4. Action Stage: In this stage, the person is in the process of getting help. They typically are working with a social worker, with the support of friends and family, to truly engage in the change process. They are very committed to new positive behavior. Chris 3
  5. Maintenance Stage: During this stage, the person is still in the process of change. They have become more accustomed to their new behavior patterns and are settling into a new lifestyle. However, there is always a threat of relapse during this stage, and it is not uncommon for them to revert to their old ways in order to remember why they are changing. Chris 5
  6. Relapse/Recycling Stage: In this stage, the person goes back to their old ways. Not every person goes through relapse, but it is common, especially in substance abuse patients. Relapse can occur following any previous stage and is considered a completely normal part of the process.                                                               Chris 30

Powerpoint “Social Work and Substance Abuse” by John Vassello, 2016.

6 Health Care Job Settings for Social Workers that You Need to Know About Now!

As told by HIMYM

By: Eliza Adler

  1. Primary Care. This can include hospitals, individual or group medical practices, or clinics. Social workers are often employed in hospitals, but it is not as common to have a social worker in a private medical practice setting.01_himym_560x375
  1. Department of Veterans Affairs. This field has a long history, the VA started employing social workers in 1926! Social workers help veterans with a variety of issues, including physical and psychiatric illnesses, homelessness, and ex-POW status.        HIMYMplatonish
  2.  Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Clinics. Many LGBT clinics exist, because historically (and today) many healthcare providers do not cater to the needs of this community. Social workers in these clinics can provide a wide range of services such as group or individual counseling, help with family planning, and support groups for HIV patients and partners. wayne_brady_himym
  3. Hospitals. The number of social workers in hospitals is changing, and nurses are beginning to take over more responsibilities that previously belonged to social workers. However, social workers are still needed and employed in hospitals, and they have many responsibilities such as patient discharge planning, referrals to outside resources, and counseling.Pressexpress. Landov
  4. Subacute Care. This type of care is arranged when a patient doesn’t need to be in the hospital any more, but isn’t ready to go home. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as post-surgery recovery, cancer treatment, or accident recovery. Social workers can arrange a plan for the patient, including where they will go and how long they will stay there.                         tumblr_nh0yf8sckg1tjc0x7o1_500
  5. Home Health Care. As the title suggests, this field consists of health care administered in the patient’s home. This can include services such as meal preparation and housekeeping, or help with bathing or toileting.Marshall_and_Lily_trapped_in_bathroom

Fast Facts: What are Income Maintenance Benefit Programs in the US?

By: Eliza Adler


  1. Social Security. This is a cash benefit program funded through Federal Insurance Contributions Tax, which is paid by workers and employers. Disabled or retired workers and their families benefit from this.11111111
  2. Unemployment Insurance. This is a cash benefit for laid-off workers. It is paid for by employers, through the federal government.111111
  3. Worker’s Compensation. This is a state program that provides aid to workers who are injured/have developed an illness caused by their work. The aid can be in the form of cash benefits, medical assistance, rehabilitation programming, or other benefits.1111111111
  4. Supplemental Security Income. This is a cash benefit program that is administered by the Social Security Administration. It benefits poor elderly, disabled children and adults.111
  5. General Assistance. This program aids low-income individuals or families who need help, but are ineligible for or are waiting for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF–see below). 35 states have this program, and it is funded by state, county, or local taxes.11
  6. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. This program provides food vouchers and nutrition education to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and their children. It is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.11111111111
  7. Food Stamps. This aid is in the form of a debit card, where money is transferred so that those using it can buy food. It serves low-income families and individuals, and is funded through federal general tax revenue.1111111111111
  8. Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Usually in the form of cash benefits or employment services, this aid benefits low-income families with children or families with foster children. Each state has it’s own name for their TANF program and can provide extra services such as job preparation.11111111111111111

DiNitto&McNeese, 2008. Pages  289-290.

12 Warning Signs of Intimate Partner Violence

With images from “Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like” By: Rosalind B. Penfold

By: Eliza Adler

  1. They try to push you away from friends and family, isolating you (Penfold, 2005. Page 151)             Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.02.06 AM
  2. They make it seem like being with them or their dreams are more important than yours  (Penfold, 2005. Page 115)          Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.21.15 AM.png
  3. They insult you, make fun of you, or intimidate you (Penfold, 2005. Page 179)                Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.22.22 AM.png
  4. They move too fast, too soon (Penfold, 2005. Page 114)Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.52.28 AM
  5. They say hurtful things about others, including your friends and family (Penfold, 2005. Page 117)                  Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.24.22 AM.png
  6. They physically hurt you, with or without a weaponScreen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.57.19 AM
  7. They get very jealous, even when you are not doing anything wrongScreen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.54.11 AM
  8. When they blow up at you, they pretend like it never happened    (Penfold, 2005. Page 127)                                               Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.31.45 AM.png
  9. They lie to you, over and over (Penfold, 2005. Page 284) Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.57.51 AM
  10. They bribe you or manipulate you (Penfold, 2005. Page 190) Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.59.53 AM
  11. They are aggressive towards others, such as their children, friends, or even strangers  (Penfold, 2005. Page 159) Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.35.26 AM.png
  12. Your family and friends are suspicious of the relationship and repeatedly ask you what is going on (Penfold, 2005. Page 313) Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.00.50 AM

“Dragonslippers: This is What and Abusive Relationship Looks Like” by Rosalind B. Penfold.