“Ripley’s News”…Believe it or Not

How can you discern fact from fabrication in the news? Most recently actor Jussie Smollett from the popular television show “Empire” made national news when he reported being attacked on the streets of Chicago. Smollett alleged that two masked assailants poured...

The Best Kind of Self-Care

When reading admissions applications for master’s level social work students, a common answer to the question why do you want to be a social worker is, to fix other people’s problems. It only takes a few introductory classes and their first year field practicums for...

The Power of Life Narratives

Everyone’s life has meaning. It’s that thread of meaning that runs throughout their existence which becomes their life narrative. Psychologist Erik Erikson calls this stage of life Generativity vs. Stagnation. He states that when people enter middle adulthood (40s...

Our Adolescent Society

Stages of development are like building blocks. Mastery of one phase is necessary to create the skills and knowledge needed to move successfully to the next. In this entry, we will look at stage of adolescence to shed light on the trends in our current society....

All I Want for Christmas is…

December is here and Tis the Season to be Jolly! Why? Because It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! As kids we are taught to be good all year, so that Santa will bring us our favorite toys. Parents work frantically to earn the money to buy special toys and when...

What’s in A Name?

Two women attending a conference engaged in a thought-provoking conversation during the lunch break about qualifications for mental health jobs. One woman was a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and the other young woman held a credential created by the...

Victimized?

This month we are pleased to host guest blogger Ruby Blow MA, LPC from Atlanta, Georgia. Blow has been in private practice for over 10 years.  In addition to her clinical practice, she conducts numerous training workshops, and provides supervision to psychologists...

A New Segregation

Simply defined, segregation means separate. Not inferior to or less than…just distinct. Segregation of people and groups is more broadly defined as the social division of human beings based on any number of factors including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender,...

A Society Once-Removed

After shopping, a woman returned to the parking lot to discover that the car next to her had parked so close that it was difficult for her to open the driver’s door to get in. As she struggled to open it enough to slide in, the driver of the other car arrived and...

Millennial Shift Part IV – What will the Future Bring?

Thus far, we have looked at previous generations and their cultural impact. Next, we surveyed millennials on self-views and now we turn our attention to the future that the human race will encounter. What will be the impact on millennials? Most importantly, how are...