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...

Where are the Mentally Ill? Part 2

Since our previous entry, the Kennedy family lost another member…this time due to mental illness. The granddaughter of Robert and Ethel, Saoirse (pronounced Sir-she) Kennedy Hill died at age 22 of a suspected drug overdose. The young Kennedy had experienced a trauma...

Where are the Mentally Ill? Part 1

Sounds like a question with an obvious answer, right? Did you respond with, “They’re in mental health hospitals?” Yes some are, but there is a countless number of people with some sort of mental illness working every day, walking the streets, living in homeless...

Creativity the Antithesis of Death

The great Roman statesmen Marcus Tillius Cicero in his essay Kato the Elder argues that the best antidote for old age is a purposeful life. When people reach retirement age, the question becomes what next? The formula used to be, you work all your life, retire, and...

Difference without Distance

When people can understand each other in spite of differences, then those differences create space for each person to be authentic. Criticizing people for differences can cause them to agree with thoughts that are contrary to their own for the purpose of being...