What Is Really Happening At Social Work Schools
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by Courtney Kidd LCSW
6M ago
Recently my eyes were accosted by an article asking, “What is Happening at the Columbia School of Social Work?” by Pamela Paul. Notice the lack of a BSW, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, or other degree that would offer expertise in social work education. Not only is the lack of the degree an obvious sign that the opinions about social work education following the lack of title are less valuable than an enema after explosive diarrhea, but the original title, “Is This Social Work or Social Indoctrination?” means that the author could have saved us all time and one of our 5 free articles a month by just titling ..read more
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The Art of Starting Over
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
How am I doing? This blog post is over two-weeks late and this is the fifth time I have attempted to sit down and write. What started as an eloquent condensed comparison of problematic occurrences in the Legislature and Social Work has turned into somewhat of a long-winded, process journal. Humanity I have witnessed the realities of toggling between over-criminalization and medicalization throughout my life, and both hold significant consequences. I have come across many individuals that continue to be beaten into shame over their humanity, driving honest expressions and personal truths to bec ..read more
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High Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cults
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
Let me tell you about the time Texas tried to codify how to overturn an election in the middle of the night. It all started decades ago when reports about climate change started to gain traction. That made oil folx mad because it would mean that they would have less money. Two brothers, Charles and David Koch, needed to keep making oil money, which meant that they had to control the courts, legislative policies, and minds. In response, they started funding think tanks, training programs, and all kinds of media investments to help show people that “it was okay if they were being poisoned and ro ..read more
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Personal Growth in an Emotionally Stifling Environment
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
It has been said over and over again in the media and in the halls of the Texas Capitol that the 87th Texas Legislative Session was the most aggressive in not only pushing but passing very conservative and controversial priorities in people’s recognition. It is emotionally exhausting working, and really living, every day in an environment where the social work values and ethics I embrace as personal ones are assaulted by policies. They are assaulted by policies framed as “protecting young girls” that are really just transphobic agendas meant to dehumanize people. And where cries of support for ..read more
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Redefining Wins
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
LIVED EXPERIENCE As a professional Sickle Cell advocate, there is nothing that supersedes the lived experience. Living with a chronic illness every day gives a perspective that can never be acquired by those who do not suffer from the disease. I was born with Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited genetic blood disorder, the most common in the United States. It is characterized as a condition that causes the blood cells to be malformed and break down, thus causing pain and other complications. As a child, I suffered from more frequent bouts of pain, a hallmark of the di ..read more
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Invictus
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
I’ve always been one to say exactly how I feel, and honesty is one of my most important values. Yet, writing this blog post has been next to impossible for me in the last few weeks. In addition to being slammed with work before the deadline to hear House bills, I found myself unable to access emotions relating to topics I have always felt passionately about. All I can feel are surface-level emotions of anger and disappointment. Cutting off access to emotions is a bad place for a social worker to be. Most people in the profession are there from true passion and care for the people society chews ..read more
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A Bootless Man
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
“When white Americans tell the Negro to lift himself by his own bootstraps, they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation. Now I believe we ought to do all we can and seek to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps, but it’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. Many negroes, by the thousands and millions, have been left bootless as a result of all of these years of oppression and as a result of a society that deliberately made the color of their skin a stigma and something worthless and degrading.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther Ki ..read more
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Disillusion: Reality Settles In, but the Fight is Not Over
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
In my first blog post, I talked about how representation matters. As the session continues, it is more apparent that representation matters especially when it comes down to bills. Bills that will hinder our safety, our voting rights, the autonomy of the bodies of women, and the lives of our transgendered children. All these bad bills ignite mixed feelings, as I have heard testimony in committees and then on amendments, followed by debates on the floor. A part of me feels as though I came into the session with a naïve mindset, big googly eyes enamored with the idea of change and of finally havi ..read more
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Honey Badger
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
I was supposed to write this post weeks ago, way back during budget week in April. Or was that in March? Lege time feels very different from usual work time. You never know when your boss is going to text or call you to get on the computer and do some work. When you walk into the office you never know what time you will get to go home. Sometimes that can be 5:30 pm, other times that can be 3 am. When you’re not writing analyses, you’re watching your committee, or the floor, or someone else’s committee. Maybe you’ll call a few people to get the latest word on a bill, update your bill tracker. A ..read more
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When Social Work & Politics Collide
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by Guest Submission
3y ago
As the end of my internship at the Texas State Capitol hurdles towards me, I am taking time to sit back and reflect on my experience. With only a couple of weeks left, I have caught myself wondering why I have not come across the ethical dilemmas I was prepared to face. The reality is, I steamrolled though various types of dilemmas on any given day. I simply did not have the capacity to recognize what was happening in the moment and process in the manner I am used to. The demanding and fast-paced nature of working under the pink dome often leaves me too drained to evaluate the intersectionalit ..read more
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