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Monday, August 12th, 2019 @ 8:50AM

Traumatizing Latino Communities

Social workers know about trauma. Much of our work is informed by our understanding of the long-term deleterious effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities. This is especially true of trauma experienced by children and youth. Either the Trump Administration is oblivious of the terror they are perpetrating on…

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 @ 11:07AM

Another Win For Child Development Accounts

Kudos to the Center for Social Development (CSD) at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis for another win in its efforts to expand the use of child development accounts (CDA) to alleviate generational poverty. Thanks to the persistent efforts of CSD Policy Director Margaret Clancy who spearheaded…

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 @ 10:39AM

Citizen Trump

I am a huge Orson Welles fan. This weekend I decided to watch Citizen Kane again to escape the daily Donald Trump soap opera. Bad idea. It became a double-dose of emotional upheaval as I juxtaposed the various personality traits embodied by both characters. Kane’s character is at times pompous,…

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 @ 9:20AM

Johnson C. Smith and Social Justice

March was Social Work Month. “Elevate” was the theme for the month chosen by the National Association of Social Workers and we in the profession are focused on elevating our game during these challenging times. Social workers in the trenches providing direct services to children, families and communities are hard-pressed…

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Monday, February 25th, 2019 @ 9:06AM

Remembering Nancy A. Humphreys

I will remember Nancy Humphreys as someone I wished I had met earlier in life. Her tenacity and determination to hold onto to an idea in which she firmly believed had a profound impact on my thinking about social work. Nancy believed more social workers needed to be actively involved…

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019 @ 9:32AM

It’s Time to Free the Hostages

There are limits to negotiating with madmen. The rule of thumb for negotiating with terrorists and other sociopaths is to never capitulate less you open the door for future hostage taking and extortion. Madmen possess no empathy or sympathy for their hostages. The hostages they capture are pawns to be…

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