Creating a Happy Place

This year two overlapping events created monumental stress and anxiety throughout the country and across the nation. At the beginning of the year we learned of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which at that time we had no idea how severe its impact would be. By mid-March,...

Is COVID-19 Turning Dogs into Cats?

Metaphorically speaking, the effects of physical distancing have caused humans, whose interpersonal habits resemble those of canines, to adapt to the isolation habits of felines. Until mid-March of this year, people went to work outside of their home; students...

Silver Linings 

In her response to the United Kingdom on the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, Queen Elizabeth recommended that people, “Slow down, pause, and reflect.” This is a powerful message and is exactly what quarantines and shelter-in-place orders are forcing people to do! One...

Anxiety Reducing Tips for National Emergencies

In our last blog entry, The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers, we discussed how as the problems of the world increase, people feel less in control, thus experiencing anxiety. Also in that entry, we mentioned the coronavirus as an example of such...

The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers

The bigger the world gets, the smaller it seems. This dichotomy of a shrinking world that is actually enlarging sounds odd, but this is what we mean by that phrase. As people’s environment expands, often by no choice of their own, the more anxiety producing it can...

Strategic Leadership in Social Work 

In his book Leadership in War, Andrew Roberts studied the strategies of great leaders including Churchill and Napoleon and shares the qualities and traits that made them great leaders.  Roberts learned that great leaders: have stamina and do hard work have commitment...

Branding in the Pursuit of Power

The concept of “branding” has evolved through the centuries from a tool, a symbol of ownership, a mark of identity to a symbol of influence and power. Brand is derived from the word “Brandr”, a word from Ancient Norse meaning “to burn.” Around 950 A.D. a “brand”...

As We Close This Year…

Let us, Reminisce on those thoughts and behaviors that made us complete. Let us, Celebrate accomplishments, great attempts, and wonderful relationships. Let us, Prepare for the rejuvenation that the New Year brings! All our best, Frances Goddard, LCSW Diane Harvey,...

Do the Hard Work

This entry was inspired by Joe Lynch, LCSW, who played a major part in social work history in Virginia. Joe continues to make statewide contributions to the advancement of social work as well as being an ingenious inventor. Recently he created a line of bumper...

What’s Troubling Today’s College Students?

It is reported by a prestigious college in one of the Mid-Atlantic States that approximately 60% of incoming students will require ongoing mental health treatment. Multiple studies show a significant increase in college students’ mental health problems in the past few...