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The online MSW program at the University of New England takes pride in staying abreast of the latest findings within the dynamic field of Social Work. From substance abuse to research and everything in between, UNE is committed to sharing relevant information that will benefit professionals serving any population. Please review for a collection of news stories and other resources. We hope this information both informs and inspires your work in the field.

Signs of Domestic Abuse: The Cycle of Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) recently found that a woman is assaulted every 9 seconds in the United States. Sadly, this statistic shows just how major of an issue domestic violence is in our country; yet one does wonder why such abuse isn’t reported as often as it occurs. Much of this silence [...]

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Federal Poverty Level and Guidelines in the U.S.

The U.S. government healthcare system defines the federal poverty level as a measure of financial income for individuals and families. Each year this level is updated in order to inform individuals on the current state of poverty in the United States. With this data, individuals and families are able to determine whether they qualify for [...]

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Applying the Family Systems Theory in Social Work

First developed by Murray Bowen in the 1960′s, the family systems theory provides insight into human behavior by examining family values and interactions on both an individual and group level. Throughout this theory, Bowen states that the family unit functions as an interconnected system, within which emotions play a key role in establishing and maintaining [...]

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Quick Guide to Understanding Public Assistance Programs

The recent U.S. Census Bureau report found that an estimate of 52.2 million (21.3%) American citizens require monthly support from public assistance programs. Although assistance programs are relied on by a large segment of our population, there is often much confusion as to what kind of assistance these programs offer, as well as who may [...]

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7 Insights on the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

Written on December 16, 1948, the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights is considered one of the world’s most premier human rights documents. The declaration provides clarity and insight on a wide array of human rights issues and has played an essential role in protecting and improving the lives and rights of humans across the [...]

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Grief & Loss: The Role of Social Media

When a loved one passes away, friends and family often experience an overwhelming sense of grief or loss. Although experiencing grief and loss is common, how individuals and cultures manage or express feelings of grief or loss is quite unique. In fact, one of the major components of a culture is its view and/or management [...]

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The Role of Social Workers in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

As the 2016 Presidential Election nears, candidates and reporters will continue to place emphasis on the issues impacting American citizens today. While the economy and foreign policy have long been a traditional issue for political consideration, social policies and equality have progressively become a key topic for political debate. With social policies gaining more political [...]

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What is Psychosocial Assessment?

Whether in the role of a counselor, problem solver or researcher, social workers are often asked to utilize a variety of skills as they seek to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families they work with. Yet before social workers move forward to help, they must have an in-depth understanding of an individual’s mental, physical [...]

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Understanding the Five Stages of Grief and Loss

Anyone who has gone through grief or loss knows that the experience is emotional, complicated and personal. The emotional aspect is generally understood, yet society often forgets how tremendously complex and individual grief and loss can be. In order to better understand how to cope with grief and loss, it is important to be knowledgeable [...]

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Social Worker Degrees

Social work is a profession dedicated to improving the lives of people, groups, and society as a whole. Those who practice social work are highly trained individuals who have received the specialized training they need to help improve the human condition and bring about positive change in their environment. Beginning in Social Work If your [...]

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Youth and toddlers may need treatment for mental health issues

A new report in this month’s issue of American Psychologist notes that some children from birth to 5 years old may develop mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. “One in five children in poverty has a diagnosable mental health disorder,” according to researchers Joy D. Osofsky and Alicia F. Lieberman. They noted that infants [...]

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A Child Abuse Statistics and Research Reference Guide For Social Workers

Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics National Child Abuse Statistics Child Abuse and Neglect State and National Statistics Child Maltreatment Fatalities Fact Sheet Statistics, Research, and Resources for Recovery Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Child Maltreatment Understanding Child Maltreatment Child Maltreatment The Issue Effects on Development and Learning 2008 Child Maltreatment Statistics Male Perpetrators of Child [...]

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MSW program graduate named regional executive director for EMQ FamiliesFirst

California’s EMQ FamiliesFirst recently named Gordon Richardson the regional executive director for their capital region. This position will require Richardson to help children and their families in the Sacramento-area during crises. According to their website, EMQ FamiliesFirst is the state’s largest child services agency. The group offers mental health treatment, placement in foster care and [...]

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Indiana school system values professionals with social work careers

At Indiana’s Valparaiso Community Schools, social workers are an important part of the education the students receive, according to the NWI Times. In the eight elementary schools, there are three full-time and two part-time social workers available to assist the children in a variety of ways. For example, these individuals with social work careers may [...]

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Social worker honored for her work in Alabama

Alabama social worker Lisa Bledsoe was recently honored as the Shelby County Department of Human Resources Social Worker of the Year, according to the Shelby County Reporter. Bledsoe began her social work career by assisting foster parents for eight years. For the past two years, she has been helping facilitate local adoptions. During her 10-year [...]

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Connecticut social worker honored with Healthcare Hero award

Sarah Zaglifa, who has a master’s degree in social work, was recently named a 2011 Healthcare Hero by the Connecticut Hospital Association at their annual meeting. Currently, Zaglifa is a social worker at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. Officials from the association wrote in a statement that the licensed clinical social worker received her award for [...]

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Social workers may assist children in foster care

John Morton, a California social worker, recently told The Republic that children who are in foster care are often greatly affected by the actions of their biological parents. Morton was referencing 18-year-old Katrina Haywood, who was previously removed from her mother’s home due to her constant abuse. Although she is now in foster care, Haywood [...]

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The Evolution of Social Work

Social Work: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow   Social work as a charitable function has been in existence for centuries as churches and communities created formal and informal safety nets for those in need. It wasn’t until the late 1880’s, however, that social work emerged as a profession in the United States. It was in 1889, [...]

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The Principles Behind Social Work

Beyond Service: The Professional Responsibilities of a Social Worker We recognize the concepts of service, respect and dignity as being integral to the practice of social work, along with the greater overarching vision of social justice for all persons. These principles at their most basic are the tenets of social work as we know it [...]

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What Are The Top Issues That Social Workers Face?

The complexity of the human condition has never been more challenging. Many of the difficulties being experienced are out of the scope of individual control, creating greater feelings hopelessness. The responsibilities of today’s social worker are more involved than ever before and require up-to-the moment education – such as what can be gained through an online [...]

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Top Resources for Today’s Social Worker

Professional Organizations and Resources for Today’s Social Worker As a professional in the field of social work, you can find many helpful resources right at your fingertips. First and foremost are the numerous online educational opportunities available for earning your social worker degree. You’ll also find hundreds of web sites specialized to the subject of social [...]

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Evolving Standards of Elder Care

According to the National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, one in six Americans are projected to be age 65 and older by 2020. The most dramatic growth in this population group will be among persons over age 85, elders of color, and women. The knowledge and compassion of social workers is going to be [...]

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The Ins and Outs of Getting Your MSW Online

Getting an Online MSW Degree:  How Does It Work?  There are a lot of questions that come with deciding to study for your MSW, especially if you select an online social work degree. Most students just have experience with a traditional classroom, so it’s only natural to ask yourself:  how exactly is my online degree [...]

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A Brief History of Social Justice

>Social Justice:  From Plato to Present Times The social work profession is grounded in the concept of social justice: a belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and right to lead a healthy and productive life. It’s the basis of a value system that has been studied since the days of Plato. His famous writing [...]

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Social Workers Role in Disaster

Serving as Recovery Workers in Times of Crisis Social workers play an important role in helping communities recover from natural disasters, as well as manmade catastrophes. The positive impact of their work is immeasurable. Your social work degree can put you in position to assist close to home or deploy as part of a global [...]

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Top Areas of Social Work for Today’s MSW

We Asked, You Answered: Top Career Areas for MSW Students & Graduates The University of New England asked our MSW online students and all other visitors to our Facebook page which career areas were of the greatest interest. Here are the specializations that were mentioned most frequently as exciting paths to pursue within the profession: [...]

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A Guide to the Social Work Code of Ethics

Overview:  Social Worker Code of Ethics Choosing to pursue your social work degree is a significant commitment. It means dedicating your time and energy toward a career that can present many challenges – and opportunities – over the course of your work life. There will be many people to influence and guide you along your [...]

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Top Social Justice Issues Facing Today’s Social Workers

We Asked, You Answered: The University of New England asked our MSW online students and all other visitors to our Facebook page which social justice issues were presenting the greatest challenges to the profession. Here are the topics that were mentioned most frequently as a concern to today’s social workers: Homelessness The number of people [...]

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Seven Important Figures in Social Work’s Past and Present

From women’s suffrage to civil rights, pioneers in social work paved the way for improved conditions for America’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. These seven professionals ushered in profound social change. Jane Addams After graduating from college in 1881, Ms. Addams traveled to Europe, where she was inspired by London’s Toynbee Hall and its work [...]

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Social Justice and Public Health — Where They Intersect

When people of all societal backgrounds are treated equally, the world becomes a better place. Unfortunately, injustices happen everyday that directly relate to societal factors, especially when it comes to public health. In order to help blur the line between society and healthcare, the population as a whole must first understand social justice, public health, [...]

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Working with Women and Families

Women, and the families they care for make up social workers’ majority of focus. For women, discrimination produces dire effects that last from childhood to old age. As such, it’s essential to focus on eliminating the negative social impacts on women’s lives, through personal aid, spreading awareness, and affecting policy change. Here’s a few reasons why a [...]

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Social Work & The Community – How You Can Help

Social Workers:  The Heart of Community Well-Being Social workers are in action right now in every community in America. People of all ages, in cities large and small, depend on their local social workers to lift them up during times of trouble and find the help they need. Each community has its own unique challenges, [...]

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Getting Your MSW Online: The Facts and Numbers

Social work continues to be one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States, and it’s expected to grow by leaps and bounds throughout the next decade.

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Social Work and Law Enforcement

Social Work in the Law Enforcement Sector Social workers play an integral role in police departments, in jails and in the community at large. While getting your social worker degree, you are likely considering what area you will choose to work in after graduation. Choosing to specialize in law enforcement can offer a challenging and rewarding [...]

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The Tenets of Social Justice

Understanding Social Justice The concept of social justice is based on the premise that all persons have an equal right to a dignified existence with that offers economic opportunity and a political voice. It provides the foundation for the value system that underlies the social work profession as a whole. If you are studying online [...]

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Social Work Interviewing Skills

Ace That Interview Now that you are thinking about getting your Online MSW degree, you are becoming even more valuable to potential employers. You know that you have the skills to do the job, and do it well, but now you need to convince an interviewer that your are the best candidate for the opportunity. [...]

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Mental Health Social Work

Mental Health Social Workers: In Demand Today & Tomorrow A compilation of statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) indicates that in any given year, approximately one in four adults in America suffers from some sort of mental health condition. In 2013, this included approximately 42 million people who are living with anxiety disorders, [...]

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All about Licensing

Getting your online degree in social work is a giant leap forward in pursuing your career goals. Licensing is an important next step in fulfilling the credentials that many employers look for when hiring a social worker. What Your License Tells Employers Professional licensing, regardless of discipline, helps to protect society against malpractice and misconduct that would [...]

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Qualities of a Social Worker

Successful Social Workers All Have a Lot in Common “It takes a special person to be a social worker.” You hear it all time the time. That’s because it’s true. Clinical and practical knowledge can only take you so far. You have to be qualified in terms of personality, attitude, and demeanor. Some of the [...]

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Social Justice and Community

At the highest levels of society, the attempts at creating social justice come in the form of laws and policies.

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Leadership in Social Work

People-Centered Leadership: The Social Work Manager The social work profession provides an environment where people-centered leaders can thrive. Elements of trust, understanding, and personal responsibility are already common themes within social work. These concepts, which we apply in service to our clients, are just as relevant when it comes to developing and leading a team of [...]

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The Ins & Outs of Social Work

What Every Social Worker Needs to Know You’re ready to take the next step and pursue your master’s in social work online degree. You’ll be out in the field making a difference for others before you know it. Here are a few things to remember as you prepare for your career along this challenging and rewarding [...]

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What is Child Welfare Social Work?

The Challenges & Rewards of Child Welfare Social Work The social work profession was founded on the premise of improving the lives of the poor, neglected, and vulnerable. Children, of course, are the most vulnerable of all when it comes to being trapped in a negative situation. There is no way out unless there is [...]

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A Picture of Social Work in America

The following facts provide a solid overview of the social work profession across the United States. You may be surprised at some of the information you read below: How many social workers are in the U.S.? More than 650,000 people currently hold social work degrees. Not all of these individuals are licensed, nor do they [...]

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An Investigation Into Global Social Work

4 Differences Of Social Work Practice Across The Globe Wherever you choose to get your social work degree, it’s important to understand the profession as a whole. While fundamentally the discipline of social work is fairly consistent across the world, there are vast differences in the actual practice of social workers stationed outside the U.S.  Social [...]

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Controversial issues within the social work industry

Social work professionals and students who are earning their master’s in social work (MSW) should expect to find themselves dealing with individuals whose lives are affected by issues that may be considered controversial. Such instances are unavoidable due to the nature of social work, but this does not mean that the case or individual cannot [...]

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Forensic Social Work

For students who are pursuing their master’s in social work (MSW), forensic social work could be one of the more ambiguous specializations of this demanding field. The cases dealt with by forensic social work professionals can be challenging, but students who are considering this career path should remember that forensic social workers can be highly [...]

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Working with LGBT Individuals as a Social Worker

Individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) can sometimes face a unique set of problems that students who are earning a master’s in social work, or MSW degree, should be aware of. Unfortunately, members of the LGBT community may feel like they are being singled out or discriminated against by their family, friends [...]

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Working with disabled individuals as a social worker

People who have mental or physical disabilities often face a unique set of challenges in their everyday lives. For this reason, they may need the help of professionals who hold a master’s in social work, or an MSW degree. These professionals can help disabled individuals in a variety of ways, from showing them what social [...]

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Treating alcohol abuse as a social worker

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17.6 million Americans abuse alcohol or are dependent on the substance. As this is equivalent to about one in every 12 adults, students who are enrolled in master of social work, or MSW degree programs may find themselves working with individuals who suffer from [...]

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