Social Work Programs

April 29, 2012

NASW And Code of Ethics

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nasw code of ethics At 150,000-plus members strong, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization for professional social workers worldwide. It serves as a governing body, support system, educational resource, and guide for its members in their professional career. One of the ways the NASW guides its members is through their distinguished Code of Ethics. It provides guidelines and standards for the successful social worker to live by, and these standards are generally accepted by social worker boards and governing bodies worldwide.

The NASW Code of Ethics was created and approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 1999 NASW Delegate Assembly as changing times, technologies and policies required. The Code was meant to show social workers in the organization, as well as social workers around the world, how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically. Adherence to the Code of Ethics is a requirement to become a member of the NASW. The Code is available in two languages (English and Spanish) and is made up of four primary sections. (more…)

April 22, 2012

Valium And Anxiety

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valium and anxiety There are many opinions on Valium. When I was a teenager, it was the common tranquilizer prescribed. There is the addictive side of Valium, but many say it helps them and they do not take it irresponsibly. Imagine living a life of anxiety and then all of the sudden, a certain medicine helps clear it all up. Some use it for sleep issues and feel that without it their minds would race without getting a wink of sleep. This particular prescription can also help those who have back problems and need their muscles relaxed. Only a doctor can prescribe Valium and other medications prescribed for anxiety include Xanax, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ativan and Klonopin. There are various anxiety disorder such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Emotional Features, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

There is a downside to Valium and that downside is that it can become addictive. This prescription drug is prescribed as a short term solution and not for people to take for years and years. Some patients are dependent on it and not necessarily addicted. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be addicted and not just dependent on the drug. It’s natural to become dependent on a drug that eases your mind and takes away pain. In reality, some people cannot function without some sort of pain reliever or anxiety reducer. However, may people can develop relaxed states through relaxation techniques, yoga and even the iPad program called Exhale which helps to relax the breath. (more…)

April 14, 2012

Social Worker Salaries And Teacher Earnings

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social workers and teacher salaries Teachers and social workers both play important essential roles in society. Teachers are responsible for influencing new adults and a completely new generation of people who will be the future of our world. Social workers also are very influential on future generations through their work with children and families. On an average, teachers get paid more than social workers even when they have the same educational qualifications and experience. However, the actual salary may vary depending on several factors including whether or not a social worker has an administrative position or works in private practice. Also, states differ in pay and whether one works for a county or government agency is also a factor. Jobs at correctional facilities or drug rehab centers can also be higher paying.

Most social workers have a bachelor’s degree in social work, but they might have a related degree in psychology or sociology. A high number of social workers get the MSW or masters degree. After completing the master’s degree, candidates may opt for a license with their local state boards. Teachers also complete the bachelor degree, may continue their education with a masters in education and they may also opt for a doctoral program. In this comparison, teachers with a bachelor’s degree and experience get paid between forty to forty six thousand dollars, while social workers with a similar background get paid a median salary of $36,400. Teachers with a master’s degree get paid in the range of forty four thousand to forty eight thousand dollars. Social workers with a master’s degree in social work often earn between forty five thousand and forty seven thousand dollars. However, keep in mind that if someone see clients on the side privately or is in a group private practice, the earnings can be higher. Teachers also can make more money if they have a specialization such as reading or do tutoring on the side. (more…)

April 9, 2012

Can A Social Worker Be In Private Practice

Right away, there is one thing you need to know. Private practice is like a business of your own. At a day job, you can work during set time periods and you do get paid for it. Along with a salary, you may also get health insurance, a pension or retirement fund along with a host of other benefits. Private practice as a social worker does not offer all that.

When you set up your own clinic or a partnership, you are essentially committing to a fulltime 24-7 business which will be your daily bread. So can you work at a private practice just like a psychologist? Yes you can but there are several points you have to remember before you start out. There is more freedom than an nine to five job, but also it is not for everyone because of the independence and possible lack of security. (more…)

April 7, 2012

Veterans And Illegal Drug Issues

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veterans and illegal drugs Tragically, veterans are often among the forgotten and overlooked members of our society. They have toiled and served their country, sometimes fighting in wars to defend this nation, only to find themselves worse off than when they left. Life as a returning civilian can be quite challenging and disappointing, to say the least, and many veterans’ lives after returning from military deployment change for the worst. People who experience acute stress like newly returning veterans face are vulnerable to drug use and eventual abuse. Acute stressors like job loss, the death of loved ones, physical injury or illness, divorce or separation, and financial distress are quite traumatic and oftentimes the triggers that lead to drugs.

Marriages, long under stress from prolonged military separation and loneliness, often fold under the pressure. Families fall apart when deployed soldiers return home physically, psychologically and emotionally damaged. Employment isn’t as readily available as they might like, so even finances may suffer. Their daily lives of constant activity and danger dwindle down to calmer days, idleness, depression and boredom. To cope, many veterans turn to drugs and alcohol and other addictions, which lead to further problems. Without a good support system, veterans may consequently even find themselves incarcerated or homeless. (more…)

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